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28 Aug 2012 description

Food security remains an important development issue for Africa, with many countries facing high food costs and periodic food shortages due to climate change, humanitarian crises, conflict, displaced populations, poor agricultural practices and a high dependency on imported food stuffs. For this reason, food security remains a top priority on the continent’s development agenda, as outlined in the quarterly Africa Food Security Brief published recently by the Chief Economist Complex of the African Development Bank.

09 May 2012 description
report The Guardian

Pictures of starving children give donors an instant justification to release aid. Predictions of starvation, however accurate, do not

After the hunger crisis that engulfed east Africa last summer, there was plenty for the world to think about. After all, we'd been warned it was coming – the first alerts of a potential crisis came the previous year. But not enough was done to avert it, and we now know that failure cost tens of thousands of lives and millions of dollars in aid money.

22 Mar 2012 description

A summary of news and reports from the field staff and interns of GHNI, Geneva Switzerland.

BURKINA FASO

13 Feb 2012 description

NAIROBI/GENEVA, 13 February 2012 - In advance of critical rainfall forecasts for the Horn of Africa, the UN office for disaster risk reduction, UNISDR, today announced a partnership with the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) to ensure rapid dissemination of weather updates to disaster managers.

03 Dec 2010 description

Contents
- 489 Outbreak news – Cholera, Haiti – update
- 490 Monitoring progress towards measles elimination
- 495 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–September 2010

Sommaire
- 489 Le point sur les épidémies – Choléra, Haïti – mise à jour
- 490 Suivi des progrès accomplis en vue d’éliminer la rougeole
- 495 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-septembre 2010

26 Oct 2010 description

Summary

From January to the end of September 2010, CERF has allocated over $372 million, more than the historical annual average of $355 million. During the third quarter of 2010, CERF allocated $90 million. Given funding levels of previous years, CERF disbursements for 2010 will likely pass the $400 million mark by the end of the year.

The second round of underfunded allocations for 2010 has been completed.

11 Oct 2010 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 9 octobre 2010 (IRIN) - Pour faire face au pouvoir croissant d'Al-Qaida au Maghreb islamique (AQMI), les analystes préconisent davantage d'opérations conjointes de recherche du renseignement, la mise en ouvre de mesures répressives contre le crime organisé et l'adoption d'une approche coordonnée en vue de traiter les demandes de rançon.

Bien que, selon les estimations, les branches d'AQMI dans le sud du Sahel ne comptent que 400 à 800 membres, les réseaux commerciaux et de crime organisé, de plus en plus vastes, ont développé leur puissance financière et …

26 May 2010 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABEBA, 26 mai 2010 (IRIN) - « Ce qui est local est meilleur » pour l'Afrique, a dit un important centre de recherche sur le riz en annonçant, le 21 mai, qu'il accorderait sa priorité à l'amélioration d'une espèce locale vieille de plus de 3 500 ans pour approvisionner les consommateurs de riz du continent.

Selon AfricaRice, une organisation de recherche intergouvernementale établie au Bénin, également connue sous le nom de Centre du riz pour l'Afrique, l'espèce de riz Oryza glaberrima, que l'on ne trouve qu'en Afrique, serait plus adaptée aux …

07 May 2010 description

Poliomyelitis in TajikistanCupdate

As of 29 April 2010, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tajikistan had reported 171 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), including 12 deaths, since January 2010. Of these cases, 32 have been confirmed as wild poliovirus type 1; results are pending for the remaining cases.

15 Mar 2010 description

General Context

We are still monitoring the situation In Uganda (after the landslide) where heavy rainfalls continue. The cycle of ethno-religious violence in Nigeria does not seem to stop with another clash reported this week. Protracted crises in Eastern DRC as well as several disease outbreaks are still ongoing. Member states are receiving support from WHO for response mainly through the Health Clusters.

25 Oct 2009 description
report BioMed Central

Abstract

Background

In Africa, an estimated 300-500 million cases of malaria occur each year resulting in approximately 1 million deaths. More than 90% of these are in children under 5 years of age.

17 Jun 2009 description
report BioMed Central

Abstract

Vitamin A deficiency and malaria are both highly prevalent health problems in Africa. Vitamin A deficiency affects over 30 million children, most of whom are in the age-group (under five years) most affected by malaria. Vitamin A deficiency increases all-cause mortality in this part of the population, and malaria is an important cause of death in children at this age.

20 Mar 2009 description

WORLD WATER DAY

On the occasion of World Water Day (22 March), the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, expresses her particular concern about access to water and sanitation during emergencies.

"The chaos and insecurity caused by war and natural disasters frequently block access to water and sanitation, with devastating results," said the Independent Expert.

11 Dec 2008 description

Through the UN, Japan will support 21 African countries

Poznan, 11 December 2008 - Twenty-one African countries are set to benefit from a US$92.1-million programme backed by the Japanese Government, which is designed to support their efforts to adapt to climate change.

The details of where the money would be invested were finalized this week between Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), coinciding with the International Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland.

Through the new programme, UNDP will work with the African countries to help them develop their …

25 Nov 2008 description

Paris, 25 November - Blaming a combination of political indifference, weak domestic policies, and the failure of aid donors to act on commitments, the 2009 Education for All Global Monitoring Report - Overcoming inequality: why governance matters - warns that 'unacceptable' national and global education disparities are undermining efforts to achieve international development goals.

"When financial systems fail, the consequences are highly visible and governments act," commented …

30 Jun 2008 description

Introduction to this new FEWS NET report: High food and fuel prices represent a relatively new global food security threat, especially in urban areas, and especially on the urban poor. To more closely monitor its evolution, FEWS NET is beginning monthly reporting of staple food prices in the 20 countries it covers.