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05 Sep 2017 description

BEIJING – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$21 million contribution from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide urgent food and nutrition assistance to people affected by food crises across eight countries in Africa and Asia.

02 Sep 2014 description
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General Situation during August 2014
Forecast until mid-October 2014

16 May 2014 description

Executive Summary

In 2011 there were an estimated 112 million working equine animals in the world, with 43 million donkeys, 11 million mules, and 58 million horses.i The large majority of these animals live in developing countries and provide daily support to hundreds of millions of poor households by doing a wide range of work in both urban and rural areas.

05 May 2014 description

Locusts may increase in Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and Oman

The Desert Locust situation continues to improve along both sides of the Red Sea due to control operations and drying conditions in Sudan, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

22 May 2012 description

About FrontLines

Insights from Administrator Rajiv Shah


16 May 2012 description
report Save the Children

One Little Life at a Time: Emergency Response in the Horn of Africa

In 2011, people in the Horn of Africa asked only one question: When will the rains return?

After two years of drought, 13 million people (half of them children) are still hungry and at risk of malnutrition—or worse. Families now depend on humanitarian aid to survive, many sheltered in the camps on the borders of Ethiopia and Kenya.

21 Feb 2012 description

This report is a synthesis from lessons of government experiences of scale up of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM). It is based on nine country case studies (Ethiopia, Pakistan, Niger, Somalia, Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Mozambique), considerations around scale-up from India, and the proceedings of an international conference in Addis Ababa, 14-17 November, 2011 at which the case studies and India experiences were presented and discussed. The contributions of an additional 12 countries at the conference are also reflected in this report.

14 Sep 2011 description
report The Guardian

Influence of financial players on agricultural commodity markets blamed for global food price inflation and hunger

Felicity Lawrence guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 13 September 2011 11.21 EDT Article history

The activity of financial speculators is overwhelming agricultural commodities markets, fuelling global food price inflation and hunger, according to new analysis from the anti-poverty group the World Development Movement (WDM).

11 Jul 2011 description


Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs often represent vital components of the USAID/OFDA response to rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases. As a result, WASH interventions include latrine construction, provision of safe drinking water, and hygiene promotion—commonly focused upon improved hand washing, water collection and storage, and sanitation practices.

19 Jan 2011 description
  • Signs of growing drought hitting Horn of Africa countries

    * WFP closely monitoring world food prices

    (Releads, adds further comment, details, background)

    By Jonathan Saul

    LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The World Food Programme's budget could come under pressure this year if food prices continue to rise, a senior official with the U.N. agency said on Wednesday.

    Read the full article on AlertNet.

09 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

CANCUN, 9 December 2010 (IRIN) - Competition between UN agencies for limited funds, sometimes involving donors, hampered the UN in responding cohesively as "one organization" to help countries develop climate change programmes, said a senior official.

In a session on the sidelines of the UN climate change talks in Cancun, Mexico, on how the UN system has been taking action to help countries adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and manage climate-related risks, Stanlake Samkange, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) country director in Uganda, spoke candidly about …

16 Nov 2010 description

Taking action to support women

New evaluation on gender equality and women's empowerment in IFAD's projects points the way to further progress

Rome, 7 February 2011 - An evaluation of projects and activities undertaken by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has found that, while there is room for improvement, the agency has made significant progress in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in family agricultural production and farmers' organizations.

The report by IFAD's Office of Evaluation further underlines the central role …

05 Nov 2010 description


The Desert Locust (SGR1) activities increased in October along the Indo-Pakistan borders, in northwest Africa, and the Red Sea area. Ground control operations treated close to 8,000 ha on both sides of the Indo-Pakistan borders and 24 ha in Mauritania. Control operations were also carried out in Niger during this period. Hopper bands and mature adults were detected and control operations are in progress in several States in Sudan.

03 Jun 2010 description

Briefing Paper

Gender dynamics cut across all eight of the Millennium Development Goals

Key points

- Policy dialogue on the Millennium Development Goals must recognise that the goals are linked by the gender dynamics of power, poverty and vulnerability

- Gender-sensitive social protection can contribute to the goals, but only if gender equality is seen as critical to programme effectiveness

- Advances in gender-sensitive programme design are being made but more investment is needed to build the capacity of programme staff and participants to strengthen implementation …

03 Dec 2009 description

450 deaths a day is still too many - stalled momentum puts millions more children at risk

ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - The Measles Initiative announced today that measles deaths worldwide fell by 78% between 2000 and 2008, from an estimated 733 000 in 2000 to 164 000 in 2008. However, global immunization experts warn of a resurgence in measles deaths if vaccination efforts are not sustained.

All regions, with the exception of one, have achieved the United Nations goal of reducing measles mortality by 90% from 2000 to 2010, two years ahead of target.

19 Oct 2009 description


The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is a strategic partnership of developed and developing countries, international organizations and foundations that support the work of 15 international agricultural research centers.

16 Oct 2009 description

Press release 263/2009

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen has granted EUR 14 million for victims of conflicts and natural catastrophes from the appropriations earmarked for humanitarian assistance for the last months of the year. The aid will be channelled through UN agencies, the Red Cross Movement and Finnish NGOs.

Ten million euros will be allocated to Africa - the Horn of Africa area, East Africa and southern Africa in particular. In the Horn of Africa area, Ethiopia and Kenya suffer from drought and Somalia also from a prolonged conflict.

16 Jul 2009 description

Of the world's 101 million children out of school, between 50 and 70 per cent are from minorities or indigenous peoples, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says in a new report released today.

The State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009 details how minority and indigenous children have been systematically excluded, discriminated against, or are too poor to afford an education.

In developing countries with the largest number of children out of school, such as …

31 Mar 2009 description


Ethiopia - High levels of food insecurity persist

The 2008 meher harvest was inadequate in several regions, leaving 12.4 million people in need of food or cash assistance. Furthermore, the planting of this year's Belg crop has been delayed due to insufficient rains fueling fears of a second failed harvest. The situation is especially worrisome in the regions of SNNPR, Oromia, Tigray and Afar, where the Belg harvest provides for the majority of household food needs.

26 Jan 2009 description

In April 2008, when riots in many places brought into sharp relief the impact soaring food prices had on disadvantaged communities around the world, UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon established a Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis composed of the heads of the United Nations specialised agencies, funds and programmes, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB).1 In July 2008, this Task Force released an Action Plan, the Comprehensive Framework for Action.