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10 May 2018 description

ROME– Les agriculteurs vulnérables ont reçu un paiement d’assurance dans le cadre d'un système innovant de gestion des risques climatiques connu sous le nom de R4 Initiative de résilience rurale (R4), pour compenser les pertes liées à une faible pluviométrie en Ethiopie, Kenya, Malawi, Sénégal et Zambie. Les agriculteurs qui participent au R4 - lancé par le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) et Oxfam America en 2011 - recevront des paiements d'assurance, les plus importants à ce jour, totalisant 1,5 million de dollars.

09 May 2018 description

ROME – Poor rainfall in parts of Africa has triggered the largest insurance pay-out to date for vulnerable farmers under an innovative climate risk management scheme known as the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4). Farmers participating in R4 – launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America in 2011 - will receive insurance payments totalling US$1.5 million to compensate for weather-related crop losses in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal and Zambia.

13 Apr 2018 description

In 2017, the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) expanded from four to six countries. Overall, 57, 625 farmers (50 percent women) participated directly in R4 while around 300,000 people benefitted from it in five countries, namely, Ethiopia, Senegal, Malawi, Kenya and Zambia with its comprehensive risk management approach. This year saw the scaling-up of the initiative in Southern Africa, the R4 pilot in Kenya as well as the start of the inception phase in Zimbabwe.

31 Jul 2017 description

Full title of the project:

Promoting local food purchases for food assistance on the African continent – Purchase from Africans for Africa (Phase II)

Target areas:

Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal

Recipient: Regional Africa

Donor: Brazil

Contribution: USD 2 888 407

Project code: OSRO/RAF/202/BRA

Objective:

18 Jun 2016 description

« Nous plantons. Et si les pluies n’arrivent pas, nous pouvons compter sur cette assurance pour nourrir nos enfants. » - Aïssata, agricultrice à Médina Diakha, Sénégal.

09 Jun 2016 description

"We sow, and if the rains don’t come, the insurance allows us to still feed our children" – Aissata, a farmer in Medina Diakha, Senegal.

The current El Niño phenomena, which began in early 2015, is one of the strongest on record and is affecting the food security of a vast number of food-insecure people around the world.

02 Sep 2015 description

- Above-average seasonal rainfall continues over several regions of West Africa.
- Poorly distributed rains strengthen seasonal deficits over parts of central Ethiopia.

1) While a recent increase in August precipitation is expected to lead to more favorable ground moisture, a delayed onset and uneven rainfall distribution observed during the June-September season may negatively impact cropping and pastoral conditions in the region.

26 Aug 2015 description
  • Abundant rain has continued across a wide portion of West Africa.

  • Despite a recent increase in rain, seasonal deficits have persisted over parts of the Greater Horn of Africa.

1) Although an increase in rain has been observed over Eastern Africa during the past few weeks, seasonal deficits have persisted in south-central and eastern Sudan, western Eritrea, and northeastern Ethiopia due to the delayed onset and uneven rainfall distribution to the June-September season.

19 Aug 2015 description

- Widespread heavy rain continues and increases risks for flooding over many areas of West Africa.

- Rainfall deficits have persisted over parts of Eastern Africa despite increased rain during the recent weeks

1) A premature cessation of rain has increased moisture deficits and negatively impacted crops in the southern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin. Limited rain is forecast along the Gulf of Guinea during the next week, likely to sustain moisture deficits.

12 Aug 2015 description

- Widespread heavy rain observed across West Africa during the past week.
- Poor rainfall distribution since the start of the season has led to death in livestock over parts of northeastern Ethiopia.

1) A premature cessation of rain has increased moisture deficits and negatively impacted crops in the southern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin. A delayed onset and irregular distribution of rainfall have led to abnormal dryness across western and north-central Nigeria.

29 Jul 2015 description

Abnormally wet conditions are continuing for several nations in the western Gulf of Guinea region

Moisture deficits worsen further in southeast Sudan, Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia with a continued lack of rainfall.

01 Jul 2015 description
  • A slight decrease in rainfall was observed over West Africa during the past week.

  • Parts of Eastern Africa have received below-average rain since the beginning of the season.

1) A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria, The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and has already negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.

24 Jun 2015 description
  • Drier than average conditions observed in southeastern Senegal and western Mali.

  • Favorable rainfall distribution continues over the Greater Horn of Africa.

1) A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria, The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and has already negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.

17 Jun 2015 description
  • Despite a recent improvement in rainfall, dryness has persisted over parts of West Africa.

  • Below-average rainfall observed in northwestern Ethiopia and central South Sudan since the start of the season.

1) An uneven distribution of the March-May rain has adversely impacted crops and ground conditions over the SNNP, central and Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia, eastern Eritrea, and Djibouti. As the March-May season had already ended, recovery is unlikely.

10 Mar 2015 description

Innovative partnership operational in five countries

10 March 2015, Rome - An innovative partnership spanning five African countries is providing important lessons on how governments can procure food for public institutions, such as schools, directly from small-scale family farmers. Modelled on Brazil's achievements in fighting hunger and poverty, the Purchase from Africans for Africa programme (PAA Africa) helps promote local agricultural production while also improving livelihoods and nutrition.

24 Sep 2014 description
  • Favorable, late-season rains were received throughout many regions of West Africa during the last week.

  • A seasonable distribution of rains was received across East Africa during late September.

1) Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi zones in central Oromia of central Ethiopia.

17 Sep 2014 description
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  • Seasonal shower activity weakens, leaving many anomalously dry areas as the ITCZ/ITF withdraws across the Sahel.
  • Heavy September rains lead to flooding, and damaged crops throughout many parts of Uganda.
10 Sep 2014 description
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  • A seasonable distribution of rainfall was received across parts of the Sahel during the last week.
  • Little relief to seasonal dryness was observed throughout parts of central Ethiopia.

1) Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi zones in central Oromia of central Ethiopia.

03 Sep 2014 description
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  • Suppressed seasonal rains were received across the western Sahel during late August.
  • Enhanced rains continued over western Ethiopia, eastern Sudan and eastern South Sudan.

1) Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi zones in central Oromia of central Ethiopia.

28 Feb 2014 description

When the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was launched in 2012, President Obama and others pledged to leverage technology’s transformative potential by taking innovation to scale.