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11 Jun 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17.

DAKAR, Senegal, Jun 11 2018 (IPS) - Hope, smiles and new vitality seem to be returning slowly but surely in various parts of the Sahel region, where the mighty Sahara Desert has all but ‘eaten’ and degraded huge parts of landscapes, destroying livelihoods and subjecting many communities to extreme poverty.

06 Nov 2017 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 44 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

Dengue fever in Senegal

Dengue fever in Burkina Faso

Plague in Madagascar

Marburg virus disease in Uganda

Yellow fever in Nigeria

Humanitarian Crisis in Central African Republic

03 Sep 2015 description

The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) is a strategic partnership between Oxfam America (OA) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). R4 was initiated in 2011 to respond to the challenges faced by food-insecure communities enduring increasingly frequent and intense climate disasters and other shocks. This report outlines the key accomplishments during the January to March 2015 quarter. This quarter marked the beginning of the R4 implementation phase in Malawi and Zambia, and continued expansion in Ethiopia and Senegal.

29 Oct 2014 description
  • Another week of poorly distributed rains across the Greater Horn has led to strengthening deficits in southern Somalia.

  • In southern Africa, a delayed start of monsoonal rains observed in parts of Angola and South Africa.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

08 Oct 2014 description

1) Despite a seasonable return of precipitation during August, moisture deficits have persisted in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has already resulted in deteriorated conditions and affected crops on the ground.

2) Poor seasonal rainfall since the middle of August, including prolonged dry spells, has led to late-season moisture deficits that have negatively impacted crop development throughout parts of the Tillaberi region of southwestern Niger and eastern Mali. Below average rains are forecast in the region for the upcoming outlook period.

23 Jun 2014 description

R4 refers to the four risk management strategies that the initiative integrates to enable farmers to strengthen the communities’ food and income security through a combination of improved resource management (risk reduction), insurance (risk transfer), microcredit (prudent risk taking), and savings (risk reserves).

17 Apr 2013 description
report UN News Service

16 April 2013 – Stretching from Dakar to Djibouti, a United Nations-backed programme dubbed the ‘Great Green Wall’ brings together 11 countries to plant trees across Africa to literally hold back the Sahara desert with a swathe of greenery, lessen the effects of desertification and improve the lives and livelihoods of communities.

16 May 2012 description

Executive summary

For the 1.3 billion people living on less than a dollar a day who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, vulnerability to climate-related shocks is a constant threat to food security and well-being. As climate change drives an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural hazards, the challenges faced by foodinsecure communities struggling to improve their lives and livelihoods will also increase. The question of how to build rural resilience against climate-related risk is critical for addressing global poverty.

01 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

MBAR TOUBAB, 1 décembre 2011 (IRIN) - L'ancien chevrier Samba Ba montre fièrement du doigt un rang d'acacias d'un mètre de hauteur émergeant des herbes fines qui sont la seule autre plante qui pousse dans cette savane aride du nord du Sénégal. « Les arbres sont une bénédiction - les arbres, c'est la vie. Nous appelons [cette rangée d'arbres] le Nil du Sahel ».

24 Feb 2010 description
map ReliefWeb

DAKAR, 22 February 2010 (IRIN) - A meningitis epidemic has struck earlier than usual and is spreading across sub-Saharan Africa's "meningitis belt" from Senegal to Ethiopia, according to health ministries in the region. The disease occurs during the dry season, with most cases reported in mid-April.

07 Jun 2007 description

By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO, June 7 (Reuters) - A vaccine targeting a deadly strain of meningitis proved to be safe and highly effective in protecting African children, researchers said on Friday, raising hope that it may help prevent epidemics that afflict many African countries.

27 Apr 2007 description

By Jennifer Harter, Communications Associate

It was a gathering of the most powerful organizations in the global fight against malaria in one of the most powerful places in the world.

And Christian Children's Fund (CCF) was among those invited to the White House on Wednesday for Malaria Awareness Day.

The Vice President for Global Programs at CCF, Michelle Poulton visited the White House on the organization's behalf for a key event in President Bush's efforts to fight malaria.

Poulton attended the luncheon in the White House Rose Garden for Malaria Awareness Day in …

02 Jul 2003 description


Some relief to northern Senegal and Mali