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09 May 2018 description

CIAT is rolling out climate-smart agriculture (CSA) profiles for four additional African countries. They are Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Niger, and Ethiopia.

CSA refers to practices that aim to increase farm productivity while helping farmers adapt to climate change or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or both.

The profiles analyze such practices, but they also outline the challenges that countries face due to the changing climate and the impact that might have in the future.

They, in particular, take into account specific conditions of countries.

10 Aug 2016 description

The El Niño global climatic event has had a devastating impact on tens of millions of people across the globe in 2015 and 2016. East Africa, Southern Africa, Central America, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands, continue to be at risk of extreme weather events, including below-normal rains and flooding. The humanitarian fallout includes increased food insecurity due to low crop yields and rising prices; higher malnutrition rates; devastated livelihoods; increased susceptibility to illnesses, and forced displacement.

18 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Context and Investment Case

One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded places the lives of 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in ten countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. UNICEF is responding to four primary needs:

  1. Over 1 million children are targeted for severe acute malnutrition (SAM)treatment in the region.

24 Jun 2016 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Women and girls among displaced people remain at high risk of GBV in the region.

  • Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is the most prevalent form of GBV in humanitarian settings in eastern Africa.

  • Child marriage, rape and physical abuse are the common forms of GBV in stable environments, including southern Africa.

  • Regional WHS Commitments on gender call for end to financing gender blind programming.

23 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Context and Investment Case   

One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded places the lives of 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in ten countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. UNICEF is responding to four primary needs:

  1. Over 1 million children are in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the region.

29 Apr 2016 description

In this issue

  • Implementing the Agenda for Humanity P.1

  • IGAD-SADC and conflict prevention P.2

  • The Great Lakes Pact and Rule of Law P.3

  • Domesticating the Kampala Convention P.4

  • Burundi Humanitarian Hotline installed P.6

  • Launch of Humanitarian-Private Sector Platforms P.6

  • HoA Initiative: Financing Humanity P 7

KEY FIGURES

# of IDPs 11 m

# of refugees 3.4 m

04 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS
- El Niño“drought effect” likely to have a long-lasting impact as people’ resilience continues to be eroded
- Ethiopia battling worst drought in decades
- Drought, food in security and power shortages stalk southern Africa region
- Cholera, a preventable disease, kills thousands across eastern and southern Africa
- Protracted conflicts to complicate humanitarian situation
- Funding shortfalls paralyse humanitarian responses

24 May 2010 description

24 May 2010 03:56:21 GMT

* New method shows 800,000 fewer deaths than UNICEF

* Same team reported on adult mortality last month

* Team says method more complete and accurate

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) - Fewer children are dying around the world, with deaths among children under 5 falling in almost every country, U.S.

15 May 2009 description
report World Bank
  • The global economic crisis will have a major impact on women

    - Girls, more than boys, will suffer in areas such as education and infant mortality

    - The plight of women must be incorporated in any economic development strategy

    WASHINGTON, May 15, 2009 - The global economic crisis will drastically reduce African women's individual incomes as well as the budgets they manage on behalf of their households, with particularly damaging consequences for girls, said Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, at a recent conference on the impact of the …

24 Sep 2008 description

FEWS NET overviews

For an analysis of conditions in Southern Africa, see back page

ETHIOPIA: While the start of the green harvest in crop producing areas has modestly improved food security, southern and south eastern Ethiopia remain highly to extremely food insecure following successive below- average rains, water shortages, crop failure, high food prices, and security- related restrictions in Somali region.

31 Dec 2007 description

Earthquake Intensity Zones in Africa

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

12 Dec 2007 description

Rome, 12 December 2007 - Nicole Menage, chief of WFP's food procurement service, talks to web writer Michelle Hough about a little-known fact: WFP bought over three-quarters of its food in 2006 in developing countries.

"The answer to our problems lies here in our fields," said a priest quoted in a recent WFP story about the tiny southern African nation of Lesotho.

It's tempting to think that he had faith indeed if he thought that a nation ravaged by its worst drought in thirty years could find anything in its fields, let alone the answer to its …

07 Mar 2007 description

Weekly Introduction:

Southern Africa Season to date

There have been two very distinct areas in this year's southern Africa wet season.

22 Sep 2006 description

Today, Mrs. Laura Bush announced a groundbreaking Public-Private Partnership between the U.S. Government, PlayPumps International, the Case Foundation, and other public and private sector partners. This $60 million alliance will work with 10 sub-Saharan African countries to bring the benefits of clean drinking water to up to 10 million people by 2010.

The innovative PlayPump water system (www.playpumps.org) is powered by children's play.

17 Feb 2006 description

Over 30 million people will need relief to meet their food needs in Africa in 2006.

01 Nov 2005 description

The Scale (and Cause) of Hunger in Southern Africa