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28 Aug 2012 description

Food security remains an important development issue for Africa, with many countries facing high food costs and periodic food shortages due to climate change, humanitarian crises, conflict, displaced populations, poor agricultural practices and a high dependency on imported food stuffs. For this reason, food security remains a top priority on the continent’s development agenda, as outlined in the quarterly Africa Food Security Brief published recently by the Chief Economist Complex of the African Development Bank.

06 Feb 2011 description

LONDRES/GEN=C8VE, 6 février 2011 - Plus de 6000 communautés ont choisi d'abandonner la mutilation génitale féminine/excision (MGF/E), selon un programme commun des Nations Unies consacré à l'élimination de cette pratique, et ce nombre ne fait que croître.

L'UNFPA, le Fonds des Nations Unies pour la population, et l'UNICEF, le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance, travaillent en partenariat pour mettre fin à la MGF/E, une pratique qui a des séquelles graves, tant immédiates qu'à long terme, sur la santé des filles et des femmes et qui représente clairement une …

26 May 2010 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABEBA, 26 mai 2010 (IRIN) - « Ce qui est local est meilleur » pour l'Afrique, a dit un important centre de recherche sur le riz en annonçant, le 21 mai, qu'il accorderait sa priorité à l'amélioration d'une espèce locale vieille de plus de 3 500 ans pour approvisionner les consommateurs de riz du continent.

Selon AfricaRice, une organisation de recherche intergouvernementale établie au Bénin, également connue sous le nom de Centre du riz pour l'Afrique, l'espèce de riz Oryza glaberrima, que l'on ne trouve qu'en Afrique, serait plus adaptée aux …

26 Oct 2009 description

In accordance with the Secretary-General's Bulletin (ST/SGB/2006/10), the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) is responsible for setting priorities for the use of the CERF Underfunded window and for selecting countries to receive allocations from that window, in close consultation with relevant humanitarian agencies.

08 Oct 2009 description

UN Secretary-General appoints new members to CERF Advisory Group

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of seven new members of the Advisory Group for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

The members include government officials from countries that have contributed to or received funding from CERF, representatives of humanitarian non-governmental organizations, and academic experts.

16 Sep 2009 description

Les besoins d'aide humanitaire sont en augmentation dans les zones de conflit comme dans les zones sans conflit, a prévenu le Secrétaire général aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence.

20 Mar 2009 description

WORLD WATER DAY

On the occasion of World Water Day (22 March), the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, expresses her particular concern about access to water and sanitation during emergencies.

"The chaos and insecurity caused by war and natural disasters frequently block access to water and sanitation, with devastating results," said the Independent Expert.

31 Aug 2008 description

Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU)

Summary of key findings

- Total spend in 2007/8 was =A3205m, a decline from =A3236m in 2006/7. However using adjusted figures the amount is broadly similar for both years. Both these years' spend was less than the exceptional 2005/6, when it peaked at =A3264m.

- Year on year trend: there has been a 10-15 % decline since the peak spend in 2005/6 of =A3264m.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid are Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia.

09 Mar 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

05 Dec 2007 description

5 December 2007, Rome - Eleven African countries have agreed to join forces to meet the challenge of education for rural people. At a recent meeting in FAO headquarters in Rome they also decided to identify synergies and establish international technical cooperation aimed at enhancing education and training in rural areas.

05 Dec 2007 description

Des synergies identifiées lors d'une réunion à Rome

5 décembre 2007, Rome - Onze pays africains sont convenus de joindre leurs forces pour relever le défi de l'éducation pour les populations rurales. Lors d'une récente réunion au siège de la FAO, à Rome, ils ont également décidé d'identifier les synergies et d'établir une coopération internationale au plan technique pour renforcer l'éducation et la formation dans les zones rurales.

04 Nov 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical healthrelated activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

25 Jul 2007 description
  • Dryness throughout much of western Burkina Faso is leading to poor agricultural conditions and low water levels in Lake Volta, though recent rainfall has increased moisture throughout much of the region.

    - Flooding has been reported in parts of eastern Sudan due to localized heavy rainfall during the past two weeks. Rains may be locally heavy during the next week.

    1) Severe drought remains over eastern Kenya as a result of the failure of the March - May wet season.