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31 Dec 2010 description

The global food crisis of 2007-2008 was characterized by a sharp spike in the prices of most commodities, including staple grains. This analysis examines the degree to which changes in world food markets influence the price of staple foods in Sub-Saharan Africa. The analysis is based on more than 60 price series from 11 African countries. After examining price trends over 2007-2008, we use an error correction model to estimate the degree of price transmission.

03 Dec 2010 description
report PlusNews

ACCRA/NAIROBI, 3 December 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Some 80 health professionals and telecom operators are meeting in the Ghanaian capital Accra to explore ways to use mobile phones for better healthcare delivery.

"What we are trying to do here is to find out what mobile technology applications will help us fix some of Africa's health problems," said Fiemu Nwariaku, professor of surgery in Ghana and a moderator at the 2-3 December Mobile Health Africa Summit. The efforts are aimed particularly at improving healthcare for underserved populations.

03 Dec 2010 description

Contents
- 489 Outbreak news – Cholera, Haiti – update
- 490 Monitoring progress towards measles elimination
- 495 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–September 2010

Sommaire
- 489 Le point sur les épidémies – Choléra, Haïti – mise à jour
- 490 Suivi des progrès accomplis en vue d’éliminer la rougeole
- 495 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-septembre 2010

26 Oct 2010 description

Summary

From January to the end of September 2010, CERF has allocated over $372 million, more than the historical annual average of $355 million. During the third quarter of 2010, CERF allocated $90 million. Given funding levels of previous years, CERF disbursements for 2010 will likely pass the $400 million mark by the end of the year.

The second round of underfunded allocations for 2010 has been completed.

13 Oct 2010 description

Authors: Steve Wiggins, Julia Compton and Sharada Keats

The issue of rising food prices came to international attention in early 2008. This document answers the following questions about the crisis and responses to it:

  • What has happened to food prices and why?
  • Why are food prices important & where can we find them?
  • How have countries and the international community responded?
  • The future

17 Sep 2010 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 17 septembre 2010 (IRIN) - Si de nombreux pays d'Afrique subsaharienne sont loin d'atteindre les Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement (OMD), quelques réussites isolées ont été observées : le Ghana devrait devenir le premier pays d'Afrique à réduire de moitié son taux de pauvreté et de faim d'ici à 2015, tandis qu'en éthiopie, le taux d'inscription à l'école primaire a augmenté de plus de 500 pour cent depuis 1994, selon l'Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Le point commun entre ces deux exemples [

16 Sep 2010 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 16 September 2010 (IRIN) - Many sub-Saharan African countries are off-track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, but there have been pockets of success: Ghana is set to become the first country in Africa to halve poverty and hunger before 2015, while primary school enrolment in Ethiopia has increased by more than 500 percent since 1994, according to the Overseas Development Institute.

Common to both examples has been the sustained commitment of each government to reform the respective sector, say researchers Jakob Engel and Henri Leturque.

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14 Sep 2010 description

International hunger targets difficult to reach

- The number of hungry has declined, but remains unacceptably high

-Despite the decline, the ability to achieve international hunger targets such as MDG1 is still at risk

- Governments should encourage increased investment in agriculture, expand safety nets, and enhance income-generating activities for the rural and urban poor.

14 Sep 2010 description

La FAO et le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) ont indiqué aujourd'hui qu'en dépit de l'amélioration récente et attendue qui a permis de retomber sous le cap du milliard, le nombre d'affamés dans le monde demeure inacceptable.

D'après les nouvelles estimations, 925 millions de personnes continueront à souffrir de faim chronique cette année, soit un recul de 98 millions par rapport au 1,023 milliard de 2009.

"Toutefois, avec la mort d'un enfant toutes les 6 secondes pour des problèmes liés à la malnutrition, la faim demeure la plus …

14 Sep 2010 description

Though improved, global hunger level "unacceptable

14 September 2010, Rome - FAO and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said that the number of hungry people in the world remains unacceptably high despite expected recent gains that have pushed the figure below 1 billion.

The new estimate of the number of people who will suffer chronic hunger this year is 925 million - 98 million down from 1.023 billion in 2009.

"But with a child dying every six seconds because of undernourishment related problems, hunger remains the world's largest tragedy and …

06 Aug 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010.

In brief

Programme outcome: To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) capacity to assist National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.

Programme(s) summary: At 30 June 2010, IFRC had made 73 allocations from the DREF to support 67 different operations for a total of 11,285,280 Swiss francs bringing assistance to over …

01 Jul 2010 description

Period covered by this Final Report:

14 December 2009 - 29 February 2010

Summary: In 2009, there were 1,606 cases of wild poliovirus (WPV) reported globally (as of 10 March 2010); 738 of these cases were in Africa. The year proved to be challenging for the polio eradication effort, with outbreaks reported across a number of African countries.

22 Jun 2010 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBOURG, 22 juin 2010 (IRIN) - Selon un article de l'Institut international de recherche sur les politiques alimentaires (IFPRI), un groupe de réflexion basé aux états-Unis, « L'Afrique doit aujourd'hui faire face au problème du déficit en nourriture à long terme qu'a rencontré l'Inde au début des années 1960 ».

=C0 cette époque, l'Inde a effet été confrontée à une grave crise alimentaire.

D'après un article consacré aux tendances dans le domaine des dépenses publiques consacrées à l'agriculture en Afrique, les pays africains n'allouent pas …

27 May 2010 description
  • World still in jeopardy of another food crisis

    * U.S. moving ahead with implementation of L'Aquila plan

    * U.S. seeking cooperation with EU and other donors

    By Bate Felix

    BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters) - A top U.S. official said on Thursday global food prices could soar again if countries don't cooperate to increase food production especially in developing countries.

    Ertharin Cousin, U.S.

07 May 2010 description

Poliomyelitis in TajikistanCupdate

As of 29 April 2010, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tajikistan had reported 171 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), including 12 deaths, since January 2010. Of these cases, 32 have been confirmed as wild poliovirus type 1; results are pending for the remaining cases.

11 Mar 2010 description

United States Government Accountability Office

Report to Congressional Committees

GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY

Highlights of GAO-10-352, a report to congressional committees

What GAO Found

The U.S. government supports a wide variety of programs and activities for global food security, but lacks readily available comprehensive data on funding. In response to GAO's data collection instrument to 10 agencies, 7 agencies reported funding for global food security in fiscal year 2008 (see figure below) based on the working definition GAO developed for this purpose with agency input.

05 Mar 2010 description

Summary

The desert locust (DL1) situation remained calm in February in winter breeding areas due to unfavorable ecological conditions. Only a few scattered solitary adults and/or hoppers were reported in northern Mauritania, southwest Libya and along the Red Sea coasts in Sudan and Saudi Arabia.