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16 Sep 2017 description

The service, whose Scottish co-founder Kenny Ewan describes it as "the internet for people with no internet", is free to use and only requires a mobile phone.

By Caroline Wambui

MERU, Kenya, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When she woke up one morning in February, Catherine Kagendo realised that one of her cows could not stand.

"It was lying on its side, had lost its appetite and was breathing heavily," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from her farm in Meru, in eastern Kenya.

16 Sep 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

As the largest global programme addressing FGM/C, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change plays a critical role in achieving Target 5.3 which calls for the elimination of all harmful practices by 2030, under the Sustainable Development Goal 5.

15 Sep 2017 description

Key Messages
- This report summarizes the supply and market outlook for maize grain in the east African countries of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Burundi. The outlook period follows the 2017/18 marketing year (MY), spanning from July 2017 to June 2018 and covering two main harvests—the 2017 June-to-August harvest and the 2017/2018 October-to-February harvest. While the June-to-August harvest data estimates are more reliable, the October-to-February harvests are projected and may be updated as data becomes available.

15 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The Data Revolution requires the development of a vibrant ecosystem that actively engages in closing data gaps as well as building capacity of national statistical offices and other data producers including academia and private sector.
- The benefits of accurate, timely and accessible data in agriculture and other sectors of the economy are expected to be catalytic and significant.

By GABRIEL RUGALEMALA AND WILLY BETT

15 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

In parts of north malnutrition rates are more than double the emergency threshold

GENEVA, NAIROBI, 15 September 2017 – The failure of the March-June long rains – the third consecutive poor rains since early 2016 – has helped push an additional 37,000 children across the country below the threshold of acute malnutrition.

15 Sep 2017 description
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World hunger is estimated to be on the rise again as conflict and human-induced disasters as well as natural disasters are contributing to setbacks in food security. This year’s The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) warns that the long-term declining trend in undernourishment seems to have come to a halt and may have reversed. Meanwhile, though progress continues to be made in reducing child malnutrition, millions of children are still stunted and wasted, and rising overweight and obesity are a concern in most parts of the world.

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • Long rains assessment has found that 3.4 million people are acutely food insecure, up from 2.6 million in February.

  • WFP reached 93,500 women and children through the treatment and prevention programmes.

  • WFP supported the State Department for Special Programmes to register and disburse cash to 526,000 drought-affected people.

  • The Ministry of Education has finalised the national school meals sustainability road map for an accelerated handover from WFP.

14 Sep 2017 description

By Rachel Bergen

Sept. 14, 2017

MCC is known for supporting access to education around the globe by paying school fees, supporting vocational training and providing school supplies. What you might not know is that MCC also works with its partners to improve the quality of education that is offered.

From teacher training to involving the community in school management, here are some examples of partners creatively improving education:

Teacher training

14 Sep 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

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14 Sep 2017 description

The Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) met in Brazzaville, Congo at the Hotel Ledger from 16th to 17th June 2017 for its first ordinary meeting of the year. Dr Joseph Cabore the Director, Programme Management, WHO AFRO, welcomed the participants on behalf of the Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. He also declared the meeting open.

13 Sep 2017 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher (p), Similar (u), or Lower (q). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

13 Sep 2017 description

Natural disasters over the first semester of 2017

During the first semester of 2017, EM-DAT preliminary data shows that 149 disasters occurred in 73 countries. The impact of which resulted in 3,162 deaths, affected more than 80 million people and caused more than US$32.4 billion (A).

The major disasters were floods and landslides occurring in Asia, South America and Africa (B).

13 Sep 2017 description
report Oxfam

KEY STATISTICS

22.9 Million people affected by drought in the region

15 Million people are facing Crisis and Emergency Food Insecurity

15 million people won’t have access to safe drinking water in 2017

84,575 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/Cholera have been reported in 2017 – with 1,546 associated deaths

1.8 million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia have been displaced by drought conditions

$1.6 Billion Oxfam Horn of Africa Drought Response funding gap

CONTEXT UPDATE

13 Sep 2017 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat dipped in August, after increasing in the past few months, following an upturn in production prospects in the Black Sea region which improved the 2017 global supply outlook.
    Maize quotations also fell on improved weather conditions and abundant global supplies. International prices of rice were relatively stable, although price movements were mixed across the different rice market segments.

13 Sep 2017 description
  • 2,005,631 Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 15 August (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)

  • 574,871 South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 15 August

  • 275,187 Refugees in South Sudan and 2 million IDPs as of 31 July

Regional Highlights

12 Sep 2017 description

IN THIS ISSUE

Page 1 Rebuilding lives of Somali refugees returning from Kenya
Page 2 Assistance to Somali refugee returnees from Kenya to Somalia
Page 3 Voluntary repatriation in first part of the year
Page 4 The enhanced return package improved the living conditions of returnees
Page 4 Returnees continue their education in Somalia

Rebuilding lives of Somali refugees returning from Kenya

12 Sep 2017 description
  • Humanitarian situation remains to be fragile; severe food consumption gaps, ongoing conflict, insecurity and loss of livelihood remain the main contributing factors.

  • Internal displacement continues to be a key driver of humanitarian and protection needs. Newly-displaced people faced heightened protection risks.

  • Until the beginning of the Deyr rain (October), severe drought is expected to deepen that may increase vulnerability of the persons of concern.