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21 Jan 2011 description


This paper examines the mixed movement of people that is currently taking place between the East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region to the southern part of the continent.

12 Oct 2009 description
report EastAfrican


As famine and food shortages threaten millions of people in the region, key players in African seed sector have met to accelerate efforts for high yield and drought resistant seed varieties for poor farmers.

A regional meeting that opened on Monday in Bamako, Mali, brought together 300 agriculture scientists, entrepreneurs, farmers' organisations and governments from across the continent.

The experts from 20 countries who collectively form the heart of the Programme for Africa's Seed Systems (PASS), a $150 million initiative launched two years ago by the …

12 Sep 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/GENÈVE, 12 septembre 2008 - L'UNICEF a publié aujourd'hui de nouvelles statistiques qui montrent que le taux de mortalité des enfants de moins de cinq ans a continué de baisser en 2007.

Ces nouvelles estimations indiquent une baisse de 27 pour cent du taux de mortalité des moins de cinq ans, qui passe de 93 décès pour 1 000 naissances vivantes en 1990 à 68 décès pour 1 000 naissances vivantes en 2007.

12 Sep 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 September 2008 - UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five continued to decline in 2007.

The new estimates show a 27 per cent decline in the under-five mortality rate, from 93 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990, to 68 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007.

09 Nov 2006 description

By Gordon Bell

CAPE TOWN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Immediate steps are needed to avert a potential catastrophe as climate change dries up water resources in drought affected areas, hitting poor farmers, a United Nations report said on Thursday.

The vast majority of the world's malnourished people, estimated at about 830 million people, are small farmers, herders and farm labourers, pointing to devastating effects from global warning and requiring a tripling of yearly farming aid to poor countries.

"Climate change threatens to intensify water insecurity on an unparalleled …

13 Dec 2005 description

Nearly 12 million people are in need of assistance - FAO publishes new Africa report

01 Jul 2005 description

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I am pleased to announce that Australia will contribute $9 million to the World Food Programme's efforts to help ease a severe food crisis in several countries in Africa.

In the Southern African region $4.5 million will provide food assistance to 8 million people facing severe food shortages in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

03 Mar 2004 description


Sea surface temperatures remained warmer than average in the central and western equatorial Pacific and near average in the eastern equatorial Pacific during January. Equatorial ocean surface temperatures greater than +0.5oC (~1oF) above average were found between Indonesia and 165oW, and departures greater than +1oC were found between 160oE and 175oW. Since early December 2003, SST anomalies have decreased in all of the Niño regions (Fig. 2).

19 Feb 2004 description

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05 Sep 2003 description


September 5, 2003, Vienna, Austria - The OPEC Fund for International Development has distributed over 43,000 metric tons of food aid to towns and villages in nine African countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe that are affected by the current food crisis sweeping much of Africa. Under a special Food Aid Grant Account, the OPEC Fund has provided a total US$20 million to assist a number of countries in Africa severely affected by the worsening crisis.

03 Jun 2003 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 3 June (IRIN) - The social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS is hampering Africa's ability to tackle deep-rooted poverty and hunger, Kinglsey Amoako, head of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said on Monday. He told experts at a joint African Development Bank/ECA symposium in Addis Ababa that they had to tackle HIV/AIDS if Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) were to be met.

01 Apr 2003 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 1 April (IRIN) - The World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said it remained committed to feeding some 40 million people across Africa, allaying concerns that the ongoing war in Iraq may distract from the food crisis on the continent.

19 Mar 2003 description

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2003 -- The Bush Administration today authorized additional food aid to meet the growing food needs of people in Africa.

Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Andrew S. Natsios announced immediate release of 200,000 metric tons of wheat from the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust for emergency food assistance in Africa, particularly Ethiopia and Eritrea.

11 Mar 2003 description
report Tearfund

A major humanitarian emergency in Iraq could plunge millions of people facing food shortages in Africa further into crisis if world attention and aid efforts are redirected to the Gulf, says Christian relief and development agency Tearfund.

19 Feb 2003 description

With school attendance rates dropping, HIV/AIDS spreading and favorable weather conditions continuing to elude many areas, people are asking: How can we help the people of Africa? What can we do to turn the tide and avert a full-blown famine?

20 Dec 2002 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 20 Dec 2002

18 Dec 2002 description

I am delighted to have the opportunity today to address the Foreign Affairs Committee on the subject of the food crises in the Horn of Africa and in southern Africa.

As we look forward to Christmas the figures concerning famine emanating from Africa are stark. They serve as a damning indictment of our collective failure to address the needs of the most vulnerable at the beginning of a new millennium.

It is estimated that at least 28 million people will be affected by the current food shortages in the Horn of Africa and southern Africa.

12 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

LAGOS, 12 December (IRIN) - African governments need to pay more attention to storage as a means of curbing food shortages, Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday at a conference on food security in Africa in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. He said much of Africa's annual harvests was lost as a result of inefficient storage, including half of its fruits and vegetables, one-fifth of its grains and a quarter of its tubers.