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31 Dec 2007 description

Earthquake Intensity Zones in Africa

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

27 Dec 2007 description
report PlusNews

CATANDICA, 27 December 2007 (PLUSNEWS) - On a farm in the district of Bárue, in the central province of Manica, 16-year-old Helena Ivan hurries home with a small bundle on her head.

20 Dec 2007 description

Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As at 18 December 2007, WFP’s total needs to feed the 83 million people currently targeted for food assistance in 2007 are estimated to be over US$3.4 billion. As 2007 is coming to an end, country offices are now pre-positioning for 2008 requirements.

18 Dec 2007 description

Johannesburg, 18 December 2007: Faced with the worsening impact of floods and cyclones, disaster managers in eight Southern African and Indian Ocean countries have agreed to work more closely together to combat the devastating effects of these natural disasters.

17 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 25,489,509 (USD 22,799,203 or EUR 15,448,187) to fund the planned programmes that are to be implemented in 2008-2009.

Current context

The Southern Africa region faces enormous humanitarian challenges, which have eroded livelihood the coping mechanisms for most people in the region. The human and social cost of these disasters in terms of life and property loss as well as the disruption of communities and livelihood has placed a considerable strain on the social fabric of the affected areas and the ability to recover and further develop.

15 Dec 2007 description

SOUTH KIVU - The last 2007 return convoy of Congolese refugees from Tanzania camps to South Kivu arrived on 14 December 2007 at Baraka Port. MV Mwongozo, which was docking for the 109th times in the frame of this operation, brought home 261 people. Since January 2007, 24,750 Congolese have returned home. The voluntary repatriation of DRC refugees in Tanzania started in October 2005. To date 47,990 Congolese have been assisted to return home.

12 Dec 2007 description
report Irish Aid

Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975. Between 1975 and 1990, the country experienced a devastating civil war, with the result that by the end of 1990, Mozambique was the poorest country in the world. The war cost the lives of over one million people, halted economic development and destroyed much of the infrastructure in the country.

Since peace was restored in 1992, the country has made significant progress on a wide range of development objectives, albeit from a very low base.

11 Dec 2007 description

FAO agricultural fairs help thousands of poor farm families in southern Africa

Mbabane, Swaziland - FAO has distributed over 1 000 tonnes of seeds, as well as fertilizer and tools, to more than 110 000 poor farmers in three southern African countries through a system of mobile trade fairs.

The agricultural inputs distributed in Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland total US$ 7 million and are enough to plant an estimated 50 000 hectares of crops.

"This is a significant contribution towards ensuring a successful upcoming harvest for tens of thousands of families," said Anne …

11 Dec 2007 description

blog Collaborations also addressing needs of those affected by HIV/AIDS

By Kathryn McConnell USINFO Staff Writer

Washington -- Food security in Mozambique and the nutrition of people affected by HIV/AIDS are improving, thanks to close cooperation between U.S. and U.N. agencies, says U.S. diplomat Gaddi Vasquez.

The collaboration also is helping establish an early flood warning and response system, Vasquez, the U.S. representative to United Nations food agencies, told USINFO at the end of a four-day December visit to the country.

10 Dec 2007 description
report IRIN

BALI, 10 December 2007 (IRIN) - Increasing pressure caused by climate change on essential resources like water could not only trigger domestic conflicts but also have a destabilising effect globally, warn UN officials.

"It is not far-fetched to begin to see growing tensions; not far fetched to think climate change will globally have a destabilising effect," said Achim Steiner, Executive Secretary of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), who drew a scenario in which countries heavily affected by climate change would blame those not seen as doing enough to cut …

07 Dec 2007 description

Victoria, British Columbia - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, $1 million in funding to the University of Victoria, for a Southern Oceans Education and Development (SOED) project to promote and develop coastal underwater farming in Mozambique.

05 Dec 2007 description

5 December 2007, Rome - Eleven African countries have agreed to join forces to meet the challenge of education for rural people. At a recent meeting in FAO headquarters in Rome they also decided to identify synergies and establish international technical cooperation aimed at enhancing education and training in rural areas.

05 Dec 2007 description

Des synergies identifiées lors d'une réunion à Rome

5 décembre 2007, Rome - Onze pays africains sont convenus de joindre leurs forces pour relever le défi de l'éducation pour les populations rurales. Lors d'une récente réunion au siège de la FAO, à Rome, ils ont également décidé d'identifier les synergies et d'établir une coopération internationale au plan technique pour renforcer l'éducation et la formation dans les zones rurales.

04 Dec 2007 description
report AmeriCares

In 2007, a number of disasters devastated communities and impacted the lives of people already struggling to survive on a daily basis. Most recently, a cyclone ravaged remote coastal towns in southern Bangladesh, leaving millions injured or homeless.