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22 Dec 2011 description

AusAID, together with UniQuest and the University of Queensland (UQ), is helping to improve skills for dryland farming in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Tunisia.

Food production on dryland in African countries is particularly important to ensure food security. However, despite efforts to introduce more sustainable and productive systems such as conservation farming and agroforestry, African farming is still governed by traditional slash and burn techniques.

12 Dec 2011 description

Key messages:

• Some evidence is available to show that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in African countries is under threat from the impact of natural hazards, particularly agricultural drought. This evidence remains patchy as availability of data on disaster losses in Africa is low.

09 Dec 2011 description
report UN News Service

9 December 2011 – Three more countries in the so-called “meningitis belt” stretching across Africa will this month introduce a new vaccine designed to eliminate a particular strain of the often deadly disease, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad will vaccinate millions of their citizens with MenAfriVac, which was created to target Group A meningitis, responsible for millions of cases in sub-Saharan Africa over the past century.

08 Dec 2011 description


  • As the year draws to a close, FAO’s latest estimate confirms a record high global cereal production in 2011, which should be sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2011/12 and also allow a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

  • International grain prices remained mostly under downward pressure in November, reflecting the confirmation of a strong recovery in production amid deteriorating world economic prospects and a stronger US dollar.

08 Dec 2011 description

Record cereal harvest forecast

8 December 2011, Rome - The FAO Food Price Index in November was virtually unchanged from its October level. At the new level of 215 points, the Index was 23 points, or 10 percent, below its peak in February 2011 but remained two points, or one percent, above its level in November 2010.

06 Dec 2011 description
report AlertNet

06 Dec 2011 16:52 Source: Alertnet // Emma Batha

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - The hunger crisis in Horn of Africa, which has left more than 13 million people at risk of starvation, will continue into the spring and possibly even summer, the European Union’s top aid official said on Tuesday.

European Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva also warned that the Sahel region faced “very dramatic hunger” next year and feared that some countries there were burying their heads in the sand.

02 Dec 2011 description

At Durban conference, IFAD President highlights potential of smallholder agriculture

Rome/Durban, 2 December 2011 – The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, urged negotiators at the global climate change conference to recognize that “there is no trade-off between feeding people and saving our planet.”

“It is clear that food security and climate change, humanity’s two greatest challenges in the 21st century, are inextricably linked,” Nwanze said.

01 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

MBAR TOUBAB, 1 décembre 2011 (IRIN) - L'ancien chevrier Samba Ba montre fièrement du doigt un rang d'acacias d'un mètre de hauteur émergeant des herbes fines qui sont la seule autre plante qui pousse dans cette savane aride du nord du Sénégal. « Les arbres sont une bénédiction - les arbres, c'est la vie. Nous appelons [cette rangée d'arbres] le Nil du Sahel ».

31 Oct 2011 description
report African Union

Executive Summary

The mandate of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission is to initiate and promote policies that can contribute to the development of rural economy and improve livelihoods through increasing agricultural productivity, ensuring food security, and enhancing sustainable use and management of Africa’s natural resources.

28 Oct 2011 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Third Committee
35th Meeting (AM)

Hears from 20 More Speakers as Debate on Promotion of Human Rights Concludes

As the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) concluded its debate on the promotion and protection of human rights today, Member States described national efforts to meet obligations to rights that they described as “equal, indivisible and mutually reinforcing”.

26 Oct 2011 description
report UN General Assembly


Deuxième Commission
22e séance – matin

Le monde doit investir 83 milliards de dollars supplémentaires par an pour pouvoir nourrir durablement les 9 milliards de personnes qui habiteront la Terre en 2050, prévient la FAO

26 Oct 2011 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Second Committee
22nd Meeting (AM)

Farmers were not just farmers, they were also entrepreneurs and should be treated as such, the representative of the Netherlands told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today as it concluded its consideration of agriculture development and food security.

03 Oct 2011 description

More than 1,200 African migrants who have been seeking refuge at an IOM transit centre in the southern Libyan city of Sebha are being evacuated to Chad, ending weeks of uncertainty and fear over their future.

The migrants, part of a large group of several thousand who had arrived at the centre as the battle for control of Sebha began, left on a convoy of 15 trucks on Sunday 2nd October, accompanied by the Chadian Deputy Consul and Chadian and Nigerian community elders.

30 Sep 2011 description
report Christian Aid

African Green Revolution ignores downside of intensive farming

October 13 2011 - Lessons learned from Asia’s Green Revolution about the damage intensive farming can cause are being ignored in the race to help Africa feed itself, Christian Aid warns in a report published today.

Sustainable farming techniques are being sidelined in favour of a quick-fix solution - modern seed varieties (MVs) that produce better yields if treated with synthetic fertiliser and pesticides.

21 Sep 2011 description

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
United Nations Headquarters

New York City

September 20, 2011

09 Sep 2011 description
report UN News Service

8 September 2011 – With nearly 800 million people unable to read or write, the United Nations today marked International Literacy Day with a warning that illiteracy undermines efforts to eliminate a host of social ills such as poverty and sickness and threatens the very stability of nations.

08 Sep 2011 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York –- First Ladies, health and finance ministers and parliamentarians from 12 developing countries meeting here today affirmed that voluntary family planning, secured by a steady supply of contraceptives, is a national priority for saving women’s lives. More than 215 million women in developing countries want to avoid or space pregnancies but are not using modern methods of contraception.