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30 Apr 2015 description

This evaluation was designed to review the goals and implementation of activities relating to public and private extension services supporting the achievement of USAID agriculture and food security program objectives. It assesses the relevance and efficacy of current activities; identifies ways to make future USAID support in this area more efficient and effective; and may be used in shaping future Feed the Future programs both at the Washington support level and in mission programs.

12 Sep 2011 description

Executive summary

Despite the extraordinary advances of the 21 st century, the devastating impacts of poverty and preventable diseases continue to prevail. While major development efforts are ongoing in countries around the world, the vast majority of those programmes continue to be implemented through segmented divisions and budgets as dictated by institutional structures – such as health, education, nutrition or water and sanitation.

11 Jul 2011 description

This bulletin covers 64 countries over the period April to June 2011 (Q2-2011).1 In addition to looking at changes and trends in staple food prices and the cost of the food basket, this issue also examines trends in fuel prices, terms of trade (ToT) and consumer price index (CPI) at country level.

31 Aug 2009 description

Aug 31 (Reuters) - A 150-nation conference in Geneva is looking at ways to improve climate information to help people cope with ever more droughts, floods, sandstorms and rising sea levels projected this century.

The Aug. 31-Sept. 4 talks are to agree a "Global Framework for Climate Services" that will improve information in areas ranging from health to energy.

Among examples of risks and solutions from around the world given by U.N. agencies:

DISASTER RISKS

Between 1991 and 2005, natural disasters killed 960,000 people and economic losses totalled $1.19 trillion.

21 Jul 2006 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- The world cereal balance will tighten in 2006/07: the latest forecast for cereal production in 2006 continues to show a slight decrease in global output, while utilization is expected to grow signi.cantly.

31 Oct 2005 description

AFRICA: In eastern Africa, despite improved outlook for current season crops in several countries, more than 18 million people are in need of food assistance. In western Africa, notwithstanding improved harvest prospects generally in the Sahel, the food security situation is still of concern notably in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. In Southern Africa, food insecurity is worsening for an estimated 12 million people due to reduced harvests in 2005, escalating food prices and rising energy costs.