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22 Oct 2017 description

by Isaiah Esipisu

“Africa has the resources, skills, and human and land capacity to move from importer to exporter by eating food made in Africa”

ABIDJAN, Oct. 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In 2008, as food prices rose around the world, riots broke out in West Africa, and Mali’s government stepped in.

It quickly launched an initiative to subsidise purchases of good-quality certified rice seed, as well as fertilisers, for farmers, in an effort to cut reliance on rice imports and grow more food of its own.

22 Oct 2017 description
  • The spill-over of the Mali crisis to neighbouring countries continues. On 21 October, a police station was attacked by an armed group in Ayorou (Tillabery region), where some 10 000 Malian refugees live. At least 10 policemen were killed and several wounded.

  • The continuous security deterioration in this region has an immediate impact on the living conditions of the population, including the provision of basic services. It also reduces access by humanitarian organisations.

22 Oct 2017 description

Le conseil de sécurité de l'ONU entame son troisième jour de visite au Sahel avec des réunions avec les parties signataires de l’Accord pour la Paix et Réconciliation au Mali.

Faire un point des derniers développements de la mise en œuvre de l’Accord pour la Paix et la Réconciliation et encourager les parties signataires à accélérer sa mise en œuvre, tels étaient les points inscrits à l’ordre du jour de la réunion entre les Ambassadeurs du Conseil de Sécurité et les membres du Comité de Suivi de l’Accord (CSA), tenue ce matin à Bamako.

20 Oct 2017 description

Points saillants

  • La tendance des prix des céréales est en légère hausse par rapport à août 2017 (+4%). Comparé à septembre 2016, les prix sont en forte hausse pour presque toutes les céréales: +32% pour le mil, + 27% sorgho, + 16% maïs.
    Voir le détail par marché sur http://foodprices.vam.wfp.org/ALPS-at-a-glance.aspx

20 Oct 2017 description

Une délégation du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies est arrivée à Bamako aujourd’hui, 19 octobre, pour une tournée officielle de quatre jours dans le Sahel. La délégation des 15 ambassadeurs des pays membres du Conseil est conduite par les Ambassadeurs François Delattre de France, Tekeda Alemu d’Ethiopie et Sebastiano Cardi d’Italie.

20 Oct 2017 description

Moisture deficits in the Greater Horn of Africa could indicate delayed onset of seasonal rains

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall during August and early September has delayed crop development over parts of southern Burkina Faso and northern Ghana. Below-average rain is forecast next week, which further reduces the chance for recovery.

19 Oct 2017 description

Key points.

• Severe biomass deficits in Senegal, Mauritania and Chad:

• Very high likelihood of abnormal transhumant movements resulting in agro-pastoral conflicts.

• Early onset of pastoral lean season is likely • Pockets of biomass deficits in Niger (Dosso, Tahoua, Diffa) and Mali (Departments of Goundam, Tomboctou, Niono, Ansongo)

• Extreme vulnerability of biomass (negative short-term trends) across entire Sahel belt • Severe surface-water deficits in Senegal and Mauritania

19 Oct 2017 description

Informations clés

• Déficits importants de production de biomasse au Sénégal, en Mauritanie et au Tchad:

• Forte probabilité d’apparition de mouvements transhumants anormaux pouvant entrainer des conflits agro-pastoraux;

• Forte probabilité de l’apparition précoce de la période de soudure pastorale.

• Des poches de déficits de production de biomasse au Niger (Dosso, Tahoua, Diffa) et au Mali (départements de Goundam, Tombouctou, Niono, Ansongo);

19 Oct 2017 description

The West and Central Africa region has experienced severe flooding in the 2017 rainy season, causing significant material and human casualties. A combination of swollen rivers and high impact incidents has led to destruction of infrastructure and agricultural assets, population displacement, and complications for access and relief assistance.

19 Oct 2017 description

Key figures

217,022 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

278,559 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

1 43,133 registered refugees and asylumseekers in Libya

109,915 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017 2


USD 75.5 M requested in 2017

Population Movements

19 Oct 2017 description


  • Launch of the Nutrition and Food Security Assessments (JANSFA): The assessment covers 3,360 households of refugees, internally displaced persons and host population randomly selected from 168 villages throughout the Diffa region.

  • Organization of the Parliamentary Day on School Feeding as Development Vector, organized by the Parliamentary Network for Education in partnership with WFP.

  • A total of 723,538 people received assistance from WFP in August.

19 Oct 2017 description


  • During the lean season WFP scaled up its assistance reaching 95,935 vulnerable Mauritanians, including 25,940 children under 5. Another 51,577 refugees received food and cash assistance in Mberra camp.

  • In order to continue proving assistance until the end of the year, WFP still requires USD 4 million for local populations and USD 2 million for refugees. Another USD 0.7 million are needed to ensure the continuation of UNHAS services in December.

19 Oct 2017 description

The movement of refugees and migrants across the Sahara and the central Mediterranean Sea towards Europe continues to have a devastating toll on human life. Between January and August 2017, an estimated 2,270 refugees and migrants died at sea in the central Mediterranean. It is estimated that many others died on their way across the desert and in detention centres.

18 Oct 2017 description

Mauritania hosts over 2,000 urban refugees and asylum seekers and almost 52,000 Malian refugees in Mbera, a camp established in 2012 in the arid south-eastern region close to the Malian border.

Despite the conclusion of a peace agreement in 2015, large-scale returns of Malian refugees are not expected due to persistent violence in northern Mali. In September alone, 471 new arrivals were registered in Mbera.

18 Oct 2017 description

Genève /Bamako (CICR) – A la suite d’une intrusion d’hommes en armes dans l’une de ses résidences à Kidal, le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) se voit contraint de suspendre une partie de son assistance en faveur des populations de cette région du nord du Mali.