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23 Apr 2006 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2006 -The World Bank and the Spanish Government signed today a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Spanish Program for Africa.

23 Mar 2006 description

Mexico City, 23 March 2006 - UN-HABITAT and the African Development Bank (ADB) have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding to improve urban water and sanitation in African cities in coming years with Bank funding worth 500 million US dollars.

01 Mar 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four-Months Lead:

June - August 2006 Sahel:

There is a low to moderate tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall across the Sahel from Mali eastward into Burkina Faso, western Niger, and central Chad.

June - August 2006 Northern Horn of Africa:

30 Sep 2005 description


This is the second issue for 2005 of this report prepared by the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) on the food supply situation and cereal import and food aid requirements for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report is designed to provide the latest analysis and information on the food situation in these countries to governments, international organizations and other institutions engaged in humanitarian operations.

28 Sep 2005 description

Rome, 28 September 2005 - Most regions in sub-Saharan Africa continue to need some food assistance, but the situation is worst in southern Africa, where about 12 million people need immediate emergency food following a poor cereal harvest earlier this year, according to a report issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

09 Sep 2005 description


Addis Ababa/Rome, 9 September 2005 - Ministers of education, agriculture, fisheries and rural development and high-level officials from eleven African countries today agreed to make education in rural areas a top priority.

06 Sep 2005 description

6 September 2005, Rome - "Education is the most effective way to empower the rural poor to get out of poverty and to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals are met in sub-Saharan Africa," according to FAO.

In a paper to be presented at a ministerial seminar in Addis Abeba (7-9 September 2005), the UN agency underlines the critical role of agriculture and highlights the important contribution of education for sustainable development and for eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas.

01 Sep 2005 description
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General Situation during August 2005
Forecast until mid-October 2005

11 Aug 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:
Update of Locust Activity: August 11 - 17, 2005

July Monthly Weather Summary from the CPC African Desk:

03 May 2005 description

Today the Government took the decision to authorise Sida to prepare budget support for ten countries - Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mali, Mozambique, Nacaragua, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia - and to disburse previously approved budget support to Malawi. The decision was made under the guidelines for cooperation strategies recently adopted by the Government, which entail giving Sida responsibility for handling Swedish budget support to poor countries.

"This budget support will give the recipient countries a better chance to control their own development.

28 Apr 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:
Situation in Ethiopia

Given reports of continuing food stress, the outcome of the current rainy season is especially important this year. The early dry spell this year may postpone harvests and extend the current hunger season. However, rains appear to be returning to the area and we will continue to monitor the situation with respect to pasture viability and crop availability.

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four-Months Lead: Aug-Oct 2005 Forecasts

Gulf of Guinea Region

15 Sep 2004 description

Weekly Introduction:
Update Of ITCZ

During the period from August 21-31 2004, the African portion of the ITCZ moved dramatically to the south in the eastern half of the continent. During the past dekad, the eastern region of the ITCZ moved from around 19N to around 15N. This contrasts with the movement in the west where the ITCZ moved relatively little from last period and is located very close to the 1988-2003 climatological mean. The southward movement of the ITCZ at this time is quite normal as the normal northward peak occurs during the second dekad of August.

12 Aug 2004 description

Weekly Preamble Update:
Update of El Niño

Synopsis: El Niño conditions are expected to develop during the next 3 months.

29 Jul 2004 description

Weekly Preamble Update:
CCA Guidance for November-December-January at Four Months Lead (Southern Africa):

The outlook for southern Africa rainfall at four months lead shows climatology in all areas, except locally over northern Mozambique and northern Angola, where there is a tilt for below and above normal rainfall, respectively.

Locust Update

11 Aug 2000 description
report IRIN

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network for West Africa
Tel: +225 22-40-4440
Fax: +225 22-41-9339

05 Jun 2000 description
report IRIN

Bureau de coordination des affaires humanitaires
IRIN pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest
Tel [225] 22 40 44 40
Fax [225] 22 40 44 35

05 Jun 2000 description
report IRIN

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network for West Africa
Tel: +225 22-40-4440
Fax: +225 22-41-9339