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08 Sep 2008 description
report ActionAid

In parts of East Africa the failure of two successive seasonal rains has caused crop failures and livestock deaths. At a time of high global food prices this has led to food scarcity and insecurity.

Kenya

In drought stricken Northern Kenya, an estimated 1.2 million people will be affected by this emergency. ActionAid is providing immediate assistance by trucking water to the areas in most desperate need, in the Takaba and Mandera districts.

29 Aug 2008 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

13 Aug 2008 description
report EARS

SUMMARY

Kenya and Eritrea face considerably reduced yields of respectively -11% and -6% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, yield decreases are expected in the east of Burundi (-10%) and the north of Tanzania (-15%). Normal yields are predicted for Rwanda and south Uganda. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level maize outputs are slightly above average (2.5%).

13 Aug 2008 description
report EARS

SUMMARY

Kenya, Burundi and Sudan face reduced yields of respectively -7%, -3% and -3% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, large yield decreases (-20%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level the outputs may be close to average (- 1%). In Rwanda no change to the previous year or the 5 yrs average is seen.

01 Aug 2008 description
report EARS

SUMMARY

Kenya, Burundi and Sudan face considerably reduced yields of respectively -8%, -5% and -5% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, large yield decreases (-20%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level the outputs may be close to average (-1%). In Rwanda a moderate decrease of -3% is foreseen.

24 Jul 2008 description
report EARS

SUMMARY

Kenya, Burundi and Sudan face considerably reduced yields of respectively -17%, -8% and -7% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, large yield decreases (-20%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Smaller decreases (-5%) are predicted for Rwanda and south Uganda. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level maize outputs may be close to average (-1%).

24 Jul 2008 description
report Merlin

Currently across the globe 800 million people are going hungry each year, with 3.5 million children under five dying as a result of malnutrition. This figure is set to rise as the factors at the root of this crisis show no signs of diminishing.

The increasing occurrence of drought due to climate change, a growth in the production of bio-fuels combined with unprecedented energy prices affecting trade, has led to a huge escalation in the price of food. Certain commodities such as wheat, maize and oils have doubled in price since 2005.

22 Jul 2008 description
report Mail and Guardian

NAIROBI, KENYA Jul 22 2008 16:33 - Nearly 15-million people in the Horn of Africa region are facing a humanitarian disaster unless donors urgently release funds to deliver supplies, aid agencies warned on Tuesday.

In a region beset by conflict and piracy, prolonged drought and rising inflation have exacerbated human suffering, especially among the rural and urban poor, they said.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said it urgently needs $403-million to feed the hungry people …

02 Jul 2008 description

The global food crisis has affected households around the world, but has had a particularly harsh impact on the most vulnerable families in developing nations. For this reason, the US Government, including USAID/OFDA, is responding to the crisis.

06 Jun 2008 description

BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

23 May 2008 description

ROME - The World Food Programme has met its extraordinary call for US$755 million to compensate for the increased costs of food and fuel with a US$500 million donation from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, received yesterday and announced today.

"We turned to the world to help the hungry and the world has been generous," said Executive Director Josette Sheeran.

06 May 2008 description

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies.

03 Apr 2008 description

This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme summary:

From 2006 to 2007, donors continued to support ongoing programmes and plans for longer-term Keep-Up programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda and Liberia. A Hang-Up and Keep-Up programme was also initiated in Indonesia.

30 Mar 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.

23 Mar 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.

02 Mar 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights

31 Jan 2008 description


Special focus: Political unrest in Kenya and regional implications

22 Jan 2008 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 22 January 2008, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is finalizing plans today to transfer to refugee camps more than 300 refugees who have been forced from their homes in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by post-election violence. The refugees - mainly from Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi - have joined some 1,200 internally displaced persons (IDPs) still sheltering at Jamhuri Park, a fairground in Nairobi.