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07 Dec 2012 description

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 13 November—03 December, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

In Focus 1

North Africa 2

Northeast Africa 4

Horn of Africa 6

30 Mar 2012 description

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 20 March—26 March, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org.

In Focus: Conflicts in South Sudan and Sudan

By Angelia Sanders

09 Feb 2012 description

Media release

Canberra

9 February 2012

Australia is responding quickly to prevent a deepening food shortage in the Sahel region in Africa and address urgent humanitarian needs in Sudan and South Sudan.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said that millions of people in the Sahel are in need of food following drought, reduced crop harvests and people movements from other parts of Africa affected by conflict, such as Libya and Cote d'Ivoire.

28 Feb 2010 description
  • Agricultural areas of the Sudanian zone and Gulf of Guinea are still generally food secure thanks to good 2009 harvests, particularly for the first and main growing seasons.

    - In general, the Sahelian population is moderately foodinsecure. Pastoralists and agropastoralists in the eastern Sahel, where agropastoral production is especially poor and livestock-to cereal terms of trade are deteriorating, are specifically classified as highly food?insecure.

17 Mar 2008 description

YOKOHAMA -The United Nations World Food Programme has welcomed a generous aid package totalling US$51.24 million from the Japanese Government to assist refugees, internally displaced persons and other vulnerable groups in 19 countries in Africa and Asia.

Ninety percent of the total package, US$46.24 million, is allocated to 18 African countries:

Sudan (US$6.5 million), Democratic Republic of Congo (US$5 million), Uganda (US$3.5 million), Chad (US$3 million), Côte d'Ivoire (US$3 million), Burundi (US$3 million), Zambia (US$3 million), Somalia (US$3 million), Zimbabwe (US$3 …

04 Mar 2008 description

The European Commission has adopted a €160 million food aid decision targeting an estimated 18.7 million people living in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa. This funding decision, the largest ever launched by the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department, aims to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people facing food shortages due to natural catastrophes, economic and political crises, and armed conflicts. It is the first food aid decision for 2008.

09 Oct 2006 description

Rome, 9 October 2006 -- Forty countries are facing food emergencies and require external assistance, with the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan still the most pressing humanitarian problem, according to an FAO report released today.

In Darfur, "the already precarious food supply situation may worsen if deteriorating security disrupts the main harvest due to start in the coming few weeks,"FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report warns.

06 Jul 2005 description

GLENEAGLES - As the leaders of the most powerful nations in the world gather in Gleneagles for the G8 Summit, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is today urging them to remember a simple fact: hunger and malnutrition are still the world's biggest killers, taking the lives of more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

At a time when modest steps have been taken on the long and tortuous road towards poverty alleviation, it is a bitter disappointment that the underclass of hungry people around the world continues to grow.

20 Jun 2005 description

The Desert Locust situation is a cause of concern in Sudan as several swarms moved east across the country from Darfur to Gedaref in mid-June. Some swarms have laid eggs while others may reach or have already reached western Eritrea. Survey efforts should be intensified in both countries. Locust infestations continue to decline in the spring breeding areas in Northwest Africa. In the summer breeding areas in the Sahel in West Africa, small-scale breeding and ground control operations are underway in central Niger and groups of adults and perhaps a few swarms are present in northern Mali.

09 Sep 2004 description

Since last summer, an upsurge in locust breeding has occurred in Western Africa, first concentrating in the Sahal region, and since then spreading into several outlaying areas, including Darfur, Sudan.