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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.

01 Nov 2010 description

Executive summary

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)'s Africa Zone (Zone) covers 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa1 and is divided into six functional/geographical regions namely West Coast (Abuja), Sahel (Dakar), Central Africa (Yaoundé), Indian Ocean Islands (Mauritius), East Africa (Nairobi), and Southern Africa (Johannesburg).

21 Jun 2010 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 21 June 2010 (IRIN) - "Africa is now facing the same type of long-term food deficit problem that India faced in the early 1960s", says a paper by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a US-based think-tank.

In the early 1960s India faced a major food crisis.

African countries are not spending enough on agriculture and the overall productivity of the continent has dropped since the mid-1980s, said the paper which looked at trends in public spending on agriculture in Africa.

"Since the 1960s, Africa has lost ground in the global …

22 Mar 2010 description

General Context

No new emergencies of significance have reported this week but the ongoing chronic crises continue. The trend of meningitis in Burkina Faso has become alarming after two consecutive years of decrease. 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.

22 Mar 2010 description

Contexte général

Pas de nouvelles urgences d'importance constatées mais poursuite des crises en cours. La tendance de l'épidémie de méningite devient alarmante après deux années de baisse consécutive. La crise chronique dans l'est de la RDC aussi bien que plusieurs épidémies continuent. Les Etats Membres reçoivent l'appui de l'OMS pour la réponse principalement à travers les clusters santé.

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.

26 Oct 2009 description

In accordance with the Secretary-General's Bulletin (ST/SGB/2006/10), the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) is responsible for setting priorities for the use of the CERF Underfunded window and for selecting countries to receive allocations from that window, in close consultation with relevant humanitarian agencies.

08 Oct 2009 description

UN Secretary-General appoints new members to CERF Advisory Group

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of seven new members of the Advisory Group for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

The members include government officials from countries that have contributed to or received funding from CERF, representatives of humanitarian non-governmental organizations, and academic experts.

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.

16 Jun 2009 description


During the first underfunded emergencies (UFE) round in 2009, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated US$75 million to 14 countries. In accordance with Secretary-General's Bulletin (ST/SGB/2006/10), the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), in close consultation with the participating agencies, is responsible for setting priorities for the use of the CERF UFE window and for selecting the countries to receive allocations.

Country Selection (Phase I) and Allocation of Country Envelopes (Phase II)

22 May 2009 description

Note: The last situation report was dated May 8, 2008.

BACKGROUND

Between March 2007 and March 2008, global food prices increased an average of 43 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund. During that time period, wheat, soybean, corn, and rice prices increased by 146 percent, 71 percent, 41 percent, and 29 percent, respectively, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rising food prices contributed to a significant increase in food insecurity worldwide, particularly among poorer populations.

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.

09 Feb 2009 description

(Johannesburg: 9 February 2009) -The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, has allocated some US$11 million to boost the humanitarian response in Zimbabwe.

Humanitarian actors in Zimbabwe received the largest portion of funds allocated during the Central Emergency Response Fund's (CERF) most recent underfunded round.

31 Aug 2008 description

Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU)

Summary of key findings

- Total spend in 2007/8 was =A3205m, a decline from =A3236m in 2006/7. However using adjusted figures the amount is broadly similar for both years. Both these years' spend was less than the exceptional 2005/6, when it peaked at =A3264m.

- Year on year trend: there has been a 10-15 % decline since the peak spend in 2005/6 of =A3264m.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid are Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia.

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.