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11 Jun 2009 description

Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Large-scale land acquisitions and leases: a set of core principles and measures to address human rights challenge

Large-scale acquisitions and leases are one of the key new trends that emerged out of the 2008 global food crisis. Some major food importing capital exporting countries have indeed lost confidence in global markets as a stable and reliable source of food for their national food security. The Special Rapporteur analyses how these investments could have impacts on the right to food.

30 Nov 2007 description


ERC's visit to CEA region

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) John Holmes visited Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia and Kenya during an eight-day regional mission. Mr. Holmes arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 26 November and travelled to Jijiga and Kebridehar in the Ogaden region where over 640,000 people require urgent humanitarian assistance.

27 Sep 2006 description

Weekly Introduction

ITCZ Update:

During the period from September 11 - 20, 2006, the African portion of the ITCZ was located near 17.2 degrees north latitude when averaged from 15 degrees west to 35 degrees east longitude and over the ten day period. This compares to the normal position of around 16.8 degrees north, and a position last year near 15.7 north. The ITCZ was nearly stationary during the previous ten days, when averaged over the entire Sahel. See Figure 1 for the current, past, and mean ITCZ with ten day accumulated precipitation.

20 Sep 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of CPC Africa Regional Climate Forecasts:

Due to the recent trends in ENSO regional set surface temperature conditions, notably the sharp increase during the past two weeks, the CPC African Desk climate forecasts will be reprocessed and made available next week, instead of for the current Hazards document.

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12 Apr 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:
Intertropical Convergence Zone Analysis (ITCZ) Re-Initiated:

On April 1 we re-initiated the program to depict the dekadal position of the ITCZ along with a comparison with its normal position at the following site: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/ITCZ/itcz.html. The ten-day average ITCZ position is plotted and compared with the estimated rainfall for that period and the first plot for the season will cover April 1-10.

Armyworm Update:

07 Jul 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) Position: