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10 Nov 2009 description

Thirty-one food insecure nations need emergency assistance

Rome, 10 November 2009 - Food prices in poor countries that are net importers of food still remain stubbornly high despite a good 2009 world cereal production, FAO warned today in its latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

The report was published ahead of the Rome World Summit on Food Security to be held in Rome on November 16-18.

Critical food insecurity is affecting 31 countries and they therefore require emergency assistance.

10 Nov 2009 description

31 pays ont besoin d'une aide alimentaire d'urgence

10 novembre 2009, Rome - Dans les pays pauvres qui ne sont pas importateurs nets de nourriture, les prix alimentaires demeurent obstinément élevés, en dépit d'une bonne production céréalière mondiale en 2009, indique la FAO aujourd'hui dans son dernier rapport Perspectives de récolte et situation alimentaire, paru à temps pour le Sommet mondial de Rome sur la sécurité alimentaire.

Une grave insécurité alimentaire pèse sur 31 pays qui ont besoin d'une aide d'urgence.

31 Aug 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.

25 Oct 2007 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Oct 25, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Seven major international organizations including the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) on Thursday announced a multimillion-dollar partnership to address declining supplies of fresh water and the lack of access to clean water by the world's poorest people.

26 Sep 2007 description

Les équipes du Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) déployées dans plusieurs pays d'Afrique distribuent actuellement des vivres aux victimes des inondations qui ont eu lieu sur le continent et qui, dans certaines régions, sont les plus graves depuis des décennies.

26 Sep 2007 description


United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) teams in many countries across Africa are delivering food to people hit by floods across the continent that are the worst in deCades in some places. But WFP urgently needs new contributions to cope with the crisis.

At least 1.5 million people are so far affected by the floods from Mauritania in an arc stretching across sub-Saharan Africa.

Funds, especially cash, are urgently needed for several WFP operations, including in Uganda, where a US$41-million

25 Sep 2007 description


Agency has started to assess damage in affected countries - concern about climate change

Rome, 25 September 2007- FAO Director-General Dr Jacques Diouf pledged today that FAO will bring all its resources and experience to support flood-affected countries in Africain rehabilitating their damaged agricultural sector.

"FAO is making every effort to immediately assess the damage the floods have caused to farmers and their livelihoods and is mobilizing resources to assist them in resuming their farming activities," Dr Diouf said.

25 Sep 2007 description

Evaluation des dégâts et préoccupation quant au changement climatique

25 septembre 2007, Rome - M. Jacques Diouf, Directeur général de la FAO, a annoncé aujourd'hui que l'Organisation a mobilisé toutes ses ressources et son expérience pour réhabiliter le secteur agricole des pays africains touchés par des inondations.

"La FAO ne ménage aucun effort pour évaluer sur-le-champ les dégâts causés par les inondations aux agriculteurs et à leurs moyens de subsistance et pour mobiliser des ressources afin de les aider à reprendre leurs activités agricoles", a déclaré …

20 Sep 2007 description
report Mail and Guardian

The small plane banks steeply to the east and the extent of the floods in the low-lying Teso region of Uganda become clear: kilometre upon kilometre of low-lying pasture land submerged, tens of thousands of hectares of staple crops like cassava, millet and groundnuts waterlogged. There are impassable roads, overflowing rivers, stranded cattle and devastated bridges.

17 Sep 2007 description
report Christian Aid

Torrential rains have caused flooding across large swathes of Africa, leaving 40 dead and thousands homeless.

The flooding has affected more than 10 countries in east and west Africa, including Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo and Liberia.

The floods have washed away homes, crops and livestock, leaving many people in urgent need of shelter and food. There are fears of outbreaks of cholera in some of the worst affected regions.

Much of the devastation in west Africa has been concentrated in the north of Ghana.

01 Aug 2007 description
  • After dry conditions across parts of the Sahel, a week of heavy rains causes scattered flooding from Ethiopia to Senegal. Localized damage to crops and infrastructure is likely in many areas.

    - Dry conditions remain a concern in several areas, despite the week of excessive rainfall. Lake Volta remains below normal as areas upstream continue to face moisture deficits.

    1) Long term dryness in eastern Kenya is the result of the poor March to May rainy season.