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15 Dec 2011 description

Fighting in the Abyei region, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states following the secession of South Sudan has resulted in high numbers of displaced or severely affected people. In Darfur, while there have been several outbreaks of localized fighting since the beginning of 2011, an increasing number of returns of refugees and IDPs to more stable areas has been witnessed. Meanwhile, a large-scale movement of people of South Sudanese origin from Sudan to South Sudan continues.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

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 ».

29 Nov 2011 description

Chronic conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease out-breaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present signifi-cant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East and Central Africa region. Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 and FY 2011, USAID’s Office of U.S.

25 Nov 2011 description

Contents
- 541 African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control: meeting of national task forces, September 2011
- 549 Progress introducing rotavirus vaccine into Latin America and the Caribbean, 2006-2010
- 555 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-September 2011

25 Nov 2011 description

Ottawa (Ontario) ― Aujourd'hui, l'honorable Beverley J. Oda, ministre de la Coopération internationale, a annoncé 25 nouveaux projets visant à renforcer le soutien du Canada à l'Afrique. La ministre Oda a fait mention de ces projets récemment dans un discours prononcé lors d'une réunion avec des hauts-commissaires et ambassadeurs africains à Ottawa.

24 Nov 2011 description
report Miraya FM

The National Ministry of Health reports that it’s close to eradicating the crippling parasitic guinea worm in South Sudan. The ministry said on Wednesday that South Sudan will be declared free of guinea worm over the next two years.

Statistical information from the World Health Organization shows that 97 percent of all guinea worm cases are in South Sudan, while the remaining three percent are to be found in Chad, Mali and Ethiopia.

22 Nov 2011 description

November 18, 2011

Ottawa, Ontario―Today, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced 25 new initiatives to further Canada's support to Africa. Minister Oda referenced these projects in a recent speech delivered to African Heads of Missions meeting in Ottawa.

10 Nov 2011 description

Key Points

  • On 3 November the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) re-entered Kurmuk in Blue Nile State.

  • UNCHR reports new wave of refugees crossing the border into Ethiopia from Blue Nile State.
    Some 33,000 Sudanese have crossed into Ethiopia since September 2011.

  • Following continued clashes between SAF and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan State, more civilians are reportedly fleeing into South Sudan.

  • The reconstruction of the Banton Bridge linking Abyei to Agok was completed this week.

09 Nov 2011 description

Press Release - Department for International Development: Transferring cash and assets to the poor

9 November 2011

Directly providing international aid to the most poor and vulnerable people is showing clear and immediate benefits, according to the National Audit Office.

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.

27 Oct 2011 description

Fighting in the three Protocol Areas following the secession of South Sudan has resulted in large-scale population displacements. In Darfur, while there have been several outbreaks of localized fighting since the beginning of 2011, an increasing number of returns of refugees and IDPs to more stable areas has been witnessed. Meanwhile, a large-scale movement of people of South Sudanese origin from Sudan to South Sudan continues.

24 Oct 2011 description

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs will allocate EUR 23.6 million of emergency aid by the end of this year. The new decisions made by Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala will raise Finland’s total humanitarian contribution to more than EUR 90 million in 2011. Alongside the alleviation of acute distress situations, Finland lays emphasis on finding long-term solutions.

Finland directs humanitarian assistance to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

23 Oct 2011 description

Fighting in the three Protocol Areas following the secession of South Sudan has resulted in large-scale population displacements. In Darfur, while there have been several outbreaks of localized fighting since the beginning of 2011, an increasing number of returns of refugees and IDPs to more stable areas has been witnessed. Meanwhile, a large-scale movement of people of South Sudanese origin from Sudan to South Sudan continues.

20 Oct 2011 description
report UN General Assembly

I. Introduction

  1. In Africa, ongoing and new emergencies caused large-scale displacement in 2010 and 2011. In southern and central Somalia, in addition to drought and emerging famine, fighting led to mass movements within the country and across borders, straining services and facilities in already overcrowded camps in Ethiopia,
    Djibouti and Kenya. In Côte d’Ivoire, in December 2010, more than 150,000 refugees crossed the border into neighbouring countries, as a result of political instability.