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31 Dec 2008 description

EAST AFRICA: October- December rains began on time but ended early in south- central Somalia, northeastern and southeastern Kenya, and in parts of southeastern Ethiopia, negatively affecting crop prospects and pasture in these areas. In south- central Soma lia, increased civil insecurity and rampant sea piracy also continue to exacerbate existing food insecurity through displacement, dis ruption of both commercial and humanitarian food imports, and restrictions on food access among already impoverished popula tions.

31 Dec 2008 description

This price watch bulletin covers the quarterly period from September to November 2008. The objective of the bulletin is to provide early warning information on price changes of staple food commodities and their likely impact on the cost of the food basket. Price changes are determined for each country on a quarterly basis.

Highlights:

- Prices still remain significantly higher compared to last year and long term averages, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and Middle East.

18 Dec 2008 description

Highlights of a new FAO report

- As the year draws to a close, FAO's latest estimates confirm that a new record high level of global cereal production was achieved in 2008, sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2008/09 and also allow for a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

- Most of the increase in production this year has been among the developed countries, with that in the developing countries rising just marginally.

16 Dec 2008 description

Rome - Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) lance un appel urgent à la communauté internationale pour faire un pas en avant et affecter à la lutte contre la faim, une fraction des sommes proposées pour les plans de sauvetage de l'économie.

« Nous devons envoyer un message d'espoir avec un plan de sauvetage humain » a déclaré Josette Sheeran, Directrice Exécutive du PAM, depuis New Dehli où elle effectuait son premier voyage en Inde, le pays qui compte le plus de personnes sous-alimentées au monde. « Alors que nous nous occupons de Wall Street et de 'Main …

16 Dec 2008 description

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urged countries to step up and allocate to urgent hunger needs a fraction of what is proposed for financial rescue packages to address the global economic downturn.

"We need to send a bold signal of hope to the world with a human rescue package," said Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, speaking from New Delhi during her first visit to India, the country with the single largest population of undernourished people in the world.

11 Dec 2008 description
report Xinhua

by Gu Zhenqiu

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 11, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- UN staff members from Algiers and New York gathered here Thursday to pay tribute to 17 of their colleagues, who were killed in the terrorist attacks in Algiers, on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the UN Headquarters in the Algerian capital.

The UN staff members, who were from Algeria, Denmark, the Philippines and Senegal, were killed while working for various UN agencies to render humanitarian relief to the Algerian people in need.

"One year after the attack, we still feel the …

04 Dec 2008 description
report British Red Cross

This year has seen hundreds of weather-related catastrophes, including the cyclone in Myanmar, floods in India, hurricanes in the Caribbean and drought in Ethiopia.

As climate change means a dramatic rise in the numbers of people being affected by natural disasters, humanitarian organisations need to get serious about responding to our rapidly warming world.

According to the UN, in the last two decades the number of recorded disasters across the world has doubled to over 400 per year, with nine out of ten now weather-related.

17 Nov 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Asia and the Pacific

Problem Statement/Context: The Asia Pacific region has an emergency profile characterized by a combination of natural disasters, civil/political unrest with pockets of conflict situations, and recent emerging new global threats such as high food and fuel prices crisis, the threat of pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases.

05 Nov 2008 description

Rome, 5 November 2008 - Facts, figures and the lastest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.

Afghanistan

- As part of July GoA/UN joint appeal intervention, WFP is implementing projects on high food price mitigation targeting 6,500 vulnerable people through food for work activities in the eastern region; plans are underway to begin similar activities in most parts of the country.

Chad

- WFP continues to provide monthly food rations of 2,147 Kcal per person per day to some 4,500 people infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS in Moundou, southern Chad.

29 Oct 2008 description

FEWS NET overviews

For an analysis of refugee flows into Kenya, see back page

AFGHANISTAN: Severe drought, high food prices, and ongoing conflict have led to widespread food insecurity. Ongoing wheat imports and increased humanitarian aid are expected to ensure sufficient food availability until early 2009. However, another emergency appeal will likely be required by February/March 2009 due to poor response to the current appeal and expected price increases during the February- April hunger season.

22 Oct 2008 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Statelessness, or the lack of effective nationality, impacts the daily lives of some 11-12 million people around the world. Perhaps those who suffer most are stateless infants, children and youth. Though born and raised in their parents' country of habitual residence, they lack formal recognition of their existence. A few key steps taken by individual countries and UN agencies can help reduce statelessness among infants and children and prevent millions of youth from growing up isolated from society.

19 Oct 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.

17 Oct 2008 description

CERF GIVES OVER $1 BILLION TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has now allocated more than one billion dollars for humanitarian aid around the world since it was launched in March 2006. An allocation on 13 October 2008 of $202,714 for nutrition and supplementary feeding for women and children in Tajikistan, which is suffering from chronic food insecurity made worse by a poor harvest and soaring food prices, took the total allocations beyond the one billion dollar level.

17 Oct 2008 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/SHC/3922

Culminating its discussion on child rights, in a meeting that fell on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, delegates to the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today underlined the links between poverty, child labour and other forms of exploitation against children, while calling for greater financial and technical support to tackle those shared concerns.

16 Oct 2008 description
report Oxfam

The recent sharp increase in food prices should have benefited millions of poor people who make their living from agriculture. However, decades of misguided policies by developing country governments on agriculture, trade, and domestic markets - often promoted by international financial institutions and supported by donor countries - have prevented poor farmers and rural workers from reaping the benefits of higher commodity prices. As a result, the crisis is hurting poor producers and consumers alike, threatening to reverse recent progress on poverty reduction in many countries.

14 Oct 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 4.9 percent to a record 2 232 million tonnes, considerably up from earlier predictions after better than expected results from the major harvests gathered in the past two months.

- Based on the latest production forecast, a significant improvement in the global supply and demand balance for cereals in the 2008/09 season can be expected.

10 Oct 2008 description
report Oxfam

The High Cost of Eating

The battle against hunger suffered a serious setback this year, due to escalating food prices caused by increased demand and reduced production. The 850 million people who suffer chronic hunger have now been joined by hundreds of millions more, virtually all of them in poor countries.

Haiti has been experiencing food riots as people cannot afford the food they need.

07 Oct 2008 description
report Government of Italy

Rome, October 7, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 8.200.000 euros to WFP in compliance with the commitments made by the Italian government in FAO Headquarters last June, to face the food crisis in place and in response to urgent humanitarian assistance for the population in needs.

The contribution will finance ongoing programs of the countries listed below and marked by acronyms under specified:

- Central African Republic: "PRRO 10189.2 " …