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02 Aug 2011 description

Alessandra Vellucci, Chief of the Press and External Relations Section of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, chaired the briefing, which was also attended by spokespersons for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Organization for Migration.


27 Oct 2009 description
report Plan International

Plan has launched an emergency appeal for US$720,000 to help ease food shortages in East Africa, as the region faces its worst drought in almost a decade.

Experts say the livelihood and survival of 28,000,000 people in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda, is being threatened by the lack of rain and failing crops.

Threatening survival

One of the worst-affected areas is the north east of Kenya where 3 years without rain has left the scorched landscape littered with the carcasses of dead livestock.

22 Oct 2009 description
report African Union

Kampala, Uganda 22 October 2009 - In January 2009, Africa was host to an estimated 11.6 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) out of the world's 26 million IDP's. It is with the aim to address forced displacement, which is avoidable by reducing this figure, that the African Union (AU) has organized the Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and IDP's.

19 Oct 2009 description

The Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) is a long-term, multi-disciplinary research and training effort to address the problem of food insecurity and malnutrition in developing countries. The principal partners in this research and training are scientists from U.S. universities working in collaboration with scientists in developing country universities, national and international research centers, the private sector, and NGOs. There are currently eight active CRSP programs, involving 60 U.S.

19 Oct 2009 description

KAMPALA, Uganda, October 19 (UNHCR) - Government ministers from across Africa gathered in Kampala, Uganda, today to address the challenges of forced displacement confronting the continent.

For the next two days, the ministers attending the extraordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council will deliberate on the seemingly intractable problem of forced displacement in Africa, and lay the ground for the historic AU summit on refugees, returnees and internally displaced people (IDP).

19 Oct 2009 description

KAMPALA, Ouganda, 19 octobre (HCR) - Des ministres d'Etat venant de nombreux pays africains se sont aujourd'hui rencontrés à Kampala, en Ouganda, pour répondre aux défis du déplacement forcé auxquels est confronté ce continent.

Durant les deux prochains jours, les ministres présents pour la session extraordinaire du Conseil exécutif de l'Union africaine (UA) délibèreront sur le problème apparemment insoluble concernant le déplacement forcé en Afrique et paveront la voie pour le sommet historique de l'Union africaine sur les réfugiés, les rapatriés et les déplacés.

19 Oct 2009 description
report African Union

Kampala, Uganda 19 October 2009 - Through the National Policy for Internally Displaced Persons, Uganda has resettled 2.1 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) since 2002. "The remaining 413 000 are gradually returning home on a voluntary basis".

These were the words of Ugandan Prime Minister Professor Apolo R Nsibambi at the opening of the Extraordinary Session of the AU Executive Council being held in Kampala, Uganda from 19 till 20 October 2009.

15 Oct 2009 description

In a cruel irony, millions of East Africans who have been struggling to grow enough food in a drought are now at risk of seeing their fields flooded by coming El Niño rains. Catholic Relief Services, which has been working to help those affected by the drought, is now gearing up for potential floods.

The numbers are staggering. Nearly 30 million people across the greater Horn of Africa are currently unable to grow or afford sufficient food for their daily needs, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development.

07 Oct 2009 description
report IRIN

CAIRO, 7 October 2009 (IRIN) - Egypt's Delta region faces a natural disaster of massive proportions by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to better manage scarce fresh water resources and come up with solutions to mitigate the effects of rising sea levels, according to government officials.

The country is facing the dual threat of water needs surpassing resources by 2017, and rising sea levels in the decades ahead inundating much of the fertile Delta region, home to 60 percent of Egypt's 78 million people, it added.

"Many of the towns and urban areas in the north of the …

06 Oct 2009 description
report IRIN

LE CAP, 6 octobre 2009 (IRIN) - Les « témoins climatiques » - des fermiers pauvres - ont dit à un tribunal spécial sur le changement climatique, au Cap, en Afrique du Sud, le 5 octobre : « Nous ne voulons pas de la charité de l'Occident. » Ce dont ils ont besoin, ce sont des stratégies et des politiques pour les aider à surmonter les effets du changement climatique.

Cela rappelait un peu les audiences de la Commission Vérité et Réconciliation d'Afrique du Sud.

28 Sep 2009 description
  • The 2009/10 El Niño event is anticipated to be mild to moderate in intensity, based on current observations and consensus climate model forecasts. As with all recent past El Niño events (1997/98, 2002, and 2006), this episode is expected to be generally beneficial to the water, food production, and hydro?energy sectors, especially in the worst drought affected areas of the eastern Greater Horn of Africa (GHA).
07 Apr 2009 description

Release No. 0090.09

USDA Releases Final Rule on Food Assistance Program Regulations

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 7, 2009-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that an additional 51,700 tons of agricultural commodities, valued at nearly $80 million, will be provided to children in low-income, food-deficit countries under USDA's McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program for fiscal year 2009.

05 Mar 2009 description
report European Commission

Food insecurity is one of the greatest challenges of today with almost one billion people undernourished worldwide. This number has recently been growing due to soaring food prices.

01 Jul 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Nairobi, 1 July 2008. A lethal mix of drought, expanding conflict, rising food and energy prices, disease, and high poverty is pushing children and their families in the Greater Horn of Africa to the brink of disaster. Actions and policies are needed now to avert grave human suffering.

Ethiopia and Somalia are the worst affected, but parts of Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda show ominously similar signs. 'The time to act is now,' said Per Engebak, UNICEF's Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, 'to save children's lives.

30 May 2008 description


The vast majority of the 1 billion people who live on less than $1 a day go to bed hungry. In developing countries, one of every four children under the age of five is underweight, which is the most important indicator of hunger. Reducing the number of children who suffer from malnutrition is a key component of the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

15 Oct 2007 description
Uganda + 6 others
Africa floods
report Christian Aid

Floods across large swathes of east and west Africa have washed away homes, crops and livestock leaving hundreds of thousands in urgent need of food and shelter.

While the flood waters are receding in every country aside from Uganda, many of those who have been affected need longer term support as they have lost this year's harvests and face serious food shortages.

Christian Aid will be supporting the immediate relief efforts and longer term recovery work of its local partners in the areas hit by the floods.

In Uganda, floods have made a bad …

26 Sep 2007 description
report Irish Red Cross

More than a million people across Africa are facing hunger, hardship and homelessness as a result of catastrophic flooding that is sweeping across the continent, according to the Red Cross which is appealing for funds to deal with the crisis.

Emergency funds have already been provided by the Irish Red Cross to help pay for disease prevention and hygiene promotion efforts as the risk of disease is growing due to large quantities of dirty water in areas where people and livestock are struggling to survive..

David Andrews, Chairman of the Irish Red Cross outlined the three priorities.

25 Sep 2007 description

IOM has set up an office in the district of Soroti in Uganda's Teso region from where it will shortly begin its operations to assist those worst affected by floods which have hit the north, east and central parts of the country.

21 Sep 2007 description
report CARE

Geneva, September 21, 2007- Torrential rains battering a broad band of land stretching from East to West Africa have caused major flooding, affecting millions of people across the continent and triggering CARE's emergency response. CARE staff in Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia and Mali are responding and/or assessing community needs in the affected areas, coordinating its activities with government agencies and other non-governmental associations.

21 Sep 2007 description


Brussels, 21 September 2007 - The European Commission has drawn up a package of humanitarian aid to help victims of the floods in Africa. The funds have been earmarked to support urgent relief operations, emergency measures against the spread of disease and livelihood recovery in the worst hit areas.