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31 Dec 2009 description

Highlights

- In December 2009, overall inflation rate decreased to 8.5 percent, food inflation to 3.3 and non - food inflation to 18.2 percent compared to November 2009 with overall, food and non - food inflation rates, which were at 10.6, 6.1 and 18.9 percent respectively.

- Import price of wheat and sorghum were 20 and 25 percent below local average price respectively whereas maize local average price was below the import price by 38 percent in December 2009.

31 Dec 2009 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, signed by President Obama on March 11, 2009, provided $75 million in agriculture funds targeted to food security. These funds provide essential continuity to programs begun in 2008 and allow new investments to build a foundation for the launch in 2010 of a broader long-term strategy to sustainably reduce hunger and malnutrition.

A larger food security strategy is currently being developed under the leadership of the Department of State.

31 Dec 2009 description

Highlights

Impact of Food Prices Rises On Malnutrition and Food Security

- International food and oil prices soared until further in 2008 and translated in varying degrees into higher domestic food prices causing food riots in over 30 countries. Even though food prices are falling on the global markets, surveillance showed that local prices have continued to increase or have remained at their inflated level in a number of vulnerable countries.

30 Dec 2009 description

Foreword

At its 5th meeting in copenhagen in november 2008, the GFDrr consultative Group asked the secretariat to focus on a select group of priority countries to achieve increased impact. in GFDrr’s Track ii, Mainstreaming Disaster risk reduction in Development, this lead to a prioritization of operations in 20 core countries, including Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall islands, Mozambique, Nepal, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Solomon islands, Togo, vietnam, and Republic of Yemen.

30 Dec 2009 description
report Inter Press Service

By Susan Anyangu-Amu

NAIROBI, Dec 30 (IPS) - The European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) has raised a red flag over the worsening food security situation in the Horn of Africa.

Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner in charge of development and humanitarian aid, attributes the disastrous situation to the terrible potential of climate change.

"Large parts of the Horn of Africa have had less than 75 percent of normal rainfall this year, having already endured a series of severe droughts.

30 Dec 2009 description

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Session I: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity

Presentation: Trends and Determinants of Ag Productivity: Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse & Alejandro Nin-Pratt (IFPRI)

FINDINGS:

- Sample means from the CSA Agric Sample Survey (AgSS) data show:
- Only about half of farmers use fertilizer (teff, wheat and maize)
- Farmers using both seed and fertilizer have moderately higher yields (this does not correct for agro-ecology, other inputs and many other factors)

30 Dec 2009 description

Food security projected to deteriorate further in 2010

Poor performance of the June to September rains has resulted in below?normal harvests in meher?cropping areas as well as poor water availability and pasture regeneration in northern pastoral zones. This, combined with two consecutive poor belg cropping seasons (March?May), high staple food prices, poor livestock production, and reduced agricultural wages, is expected to drive elevated food insecurity over the coming six months (Figures 1 and 2). This follows high levels of food insecurity in 2009.

29 Dec 2009 description

Bednets delivered by UKaid have prevented more than 80,000 child deaths in the developing world, Douglas Alexander announced today.

In all, 14.6 million bednets have been provided so far and another 2.7 million are currently on their way some of the world's poorest countries.

With just one year to go, today's announcement means the UK is on track to meet the pledge the Prime Minister made in 2008 to deliver over 20 million bed nets by the end of 2010 to help prevent 110,000 child deaths.

Every year 250 million people become severely ill with malaria and around one million …

29 Dec 2009 description

date 2009-12-29 13:00 name Spokesperson's Office

1. With regard to worsening food crisis in the Horn of Africa, caused by continuous drought, the Government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide 700,000 dollars in emergency aid - 300,000 dollars to Ethiopia, 200,000 dollars to Kenya, and 200,000 dollars to Somalia - through the World Food Programme (WFP) in order to support efforts to overcome food crisis in the Horn of Africa and join the international community in its humanitarian assistance activities.

2.

29 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 29 December 2009 (IRIN) - The authorities in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland are moving to halt the smuggling of people - mainly Somalis and Ethiopians - into Yemen and the Gulf States, senior Puntland officials told IRIN.

"We have begun to force would-be migrants back to their homes for their own safety.

28 Dec 2009 description

Yemen, a fragile state and the poorest country in the Middle East, faces a myriad of development challenges, dwindling water and oil reserves, and an enormous migratory burden. Yemen provides prima facie refugee status to Somalis, who have traditionally been the largest group of people arriving on Yemen's shores. Drought and lack of economic opportunities in the Horn of Africa is however driving increasing numbers of Ethiopian migrants and asylum seekers towards Yemen.

Five thousand Ethiopians are stranded in Yemen as a result of the continuing conflict in north Yemen.

28 Dec 2009 description

Food Security Update

The latest WFP weekly report indicates that the unseasonal rains are benefiting recovery of range lands, water sources and development of late planted crops such as chickpea, haricot beans, sweet potato in some parts of SNNP, Oromia, Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions. In lowland areas of Oromia (Bale, Guji and Arsi) the rains are rejuvenating pasture and water sources. In most highland and midland areas of the region, meher crop harvest is being completed.

28 Dec 2009 description
report Voice of America

Countries in the Horn of Africa were very much in the news in 2009. For example, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Somalia, an arms embargo against Eritrea and a recent court case in Ethiopia resulting in death sentences for five people.

David Shinn, former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia, is following developments in the Horn. Shinn is an adjunct professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Somalia

"Many of us thought that 2009 would be a decisive year for Somalia politically.

27 Dec 2009 description
report European Commission

Slightly below last year estimated MEHER cereals production in Ethiopia

This year, a general failure of the BELG season, important for MEHER long cycle crop planting, has been observed. The onset of the MEHER season was also delayed to July. Despite a globally normal amount of rain for the total season, the rain distribution was quite erratic leading to dry spells in several administrative zones. The season ended quite early, end of September, and additional rains were received at harvest time, beginning of December, with potentially increasing harvest losses.

26 Dec 2009 description

Addis Ababa, December 26, 2009 (Addis Ababa) An Israeli delegation head said the Israeli government is committed to expand and diversify its cooperation with Ethiopia especially in agriculture technology transfer.

In an exclusive interview with ENA over the weekend, delegation head, ZVI Herman said as agriculture is the driving sector for all spheres his government is closely working with Ethiopia to diversify its cooperation in this regard.

Ethiopia has immense potential and is doing well in developing the agriculture sector, the head said, adding, his government is sharing rich …

25 Dec 2009 description

Bahir Dar, December 25, 2009 (Bahir Dar) - Save the Children-Norway, an international humanitarian organization, and two bureaus of the Amhara State sign 40.5 million Birr worth project agreement to enable the former support on-going efforts toward ensuring quality education across the state.

The organization signed the four-year quality assurance project with the Education and Finance and Economic Development Bureaus of the regional government.

Save the Children-Norway Country Director Representative, Solomon Kelkay said the project aims at ensuring the quality of education in the …

24 Dec 2009 description

Addis Ababa, December 24, 2009 (Addis Ababa) - United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID) donated on Thursday storages for pharmaceuticals and vehicles to be used for drug transport to the Drug Fund and Supply Agency of Ethiopia.

After receiving the 8 million US dollars donation on the premise of USAID, State Minister of Health Dr.

24 Dec 2009 description

Addis Ababa, December 24, 2009 (Addis Ababa) - Ministry of Health handed over on Thursday seven vehicles, which were secured from UNICEF, to Health Bureau of the Somali State.

Handing over the donation, UNICEF representative said the UN agency will remain an active partner of the ministry and health bureaus of the regional states.

The vehicles will contribute a lot in expanding movable healthcare services across the regional state, the representative said, adding UNICEF will continue assisting the region toward improve health service provisions.

Speaking at the occasion, director …

23 Dec 2009 description
report Yemen Times

Khaled Al-Hilaly

Published:24-12-2009

SANA'A, Dec.