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31 Dec 2010 description

Protracted conflicts

Can you get used to living with war? Probably, in the same way that you can somehow get used to living with physical pain, with constant stress, with disturbing noises. You get used to it, you bear with it in silence, because you have no other choice. You don't know of any alternative.

One thing is for sure: the surrounding world can "get used" to protracted conflict. The international community, the media, the aid organisations - they can all turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to suffering that does not have any news value.

31 Dec 2010 description

Repatriation from the DRC (refugees)

Repatriation to the DRC (Congolese nationals) - by country of asylum

Repatriation to the DRC (Congolese nationals) - by Province of return

31 Dec 2010 description


Climate change represents one of the greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet today. In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries, climate change is a major threat to sustainable development and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The combined effects of climate change, increased global population and income growth, among others, threaten to affect food and water resources that are critical for livelihoods in SSA.

31 Dec 2010 description

Key Messages

High prices are limiting the purchasing power of most poor households who are now relying on markets.

Food insecurity is reported in Central and Southern regions with an estimated 350,000 people requiring food assistance in the short term.

Food security conditions in the country were not affected by civil insecurity or particular natural hazards during the reporting period, however there are risks of calamities that could damage crop and livelihoods in the coming season.

The Government is implementing policies to support agricultural production and productivity

31 Dec 2010 description

The global food crisis of 2007-2008 was characterized by a sharp spike in the prices of most commodities, including staple grains. This analysis examines the degree to which changes in world food markets influence the price of staple foods in Sub-Saharan Africa. The analysis is based on more than 60 price series from 11 African countries. After examining price trends over 2007-2008, we use an error correction model to estimate the degree of price transmission.

31 Dec 2010 description

This on-line newsletter gathers information about about the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) and its partners' activities in Africa.

30 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

HARARE/JOHANNESBURG, 30 December 2010 (IRIN) - The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) staffed jointly by officials from Zambia and Zimbabwe, says one of the two major dams on the river between the two countries will open its flood gates in early 2011, meaning that communities may have to be relocated.

"ZRA has issued the alert, but they have not yet informed us of the dates on when they will open the gates," said Patrick Kangwa, head of operations at Zambia's Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit.

The ZRA manages Kariba Dam situated between northwestern Zimbabwe and …

28 Dec 2010 description

Normal to above-normal rainfall as planting commences and lean season progresses

Key Messages

- The 2010/11 rainfall season has commenced in most parts of the region with significant rains having been received in most areas where normal onset falls between September and November. Farmers across the region are taking advantage of the November rains to prepare their fields and in areas where an effective start has established, farmers have begun planting.

21 Dec 2010 description

Tunis, 21st December 2010 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved 3 projects in the water sector in the last few weeks amounting to USD 114.35 Million. The Bank strongly believes supporting the sector is important to enhancing economic growth, improving living conditions as well as the health and education sectors of beneficiary countries.

The approved projects are in Kenya, Mozambique and Sierra Leone.

Kenya's Nairobi Rivers Rehabilitation and Restoration Program was approved by the Bank on 6 December 2010.

20 Dec 2010 description


- Satellite imagery indicate timely onset of seasonal rains in most parts of the SADC Region....Current reports indicate that seasonal rains had started on time in most parts of the Region. However, nearly a month delay was observed in parts of eastern Zambia, eastern South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, while main rains are yet to start in northern Mozambique and parts of southern Tanzania.

- Generally normal rains received by the end of November 2010 and also expected during December - February 2011 period....

14 Dec 2010 description

The President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) is a core component of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a comprehensive US Government (USG) effort to reduce the burden of disease and promote healthy communities and families around the world. Through the GHI, the USG will invest $63 billion over six years to help partner countries improve health outcomes, with a particular focus on improving the health of women, newborns, and children.

13 Dec 2010 description


- The FAO Food Price Index continued to rise in November.

- International prices of wheat and rice increased significantly in November and early December. Prices of maize remained firm.

- In Asia, prices of rice further strengthened in the past month while prices of wheat remained high.

- In Africa, prices of cereals are declining or stable and at low levels in all sub-regions.

- In Central America, prices of beans are at record levels.

13 Dec 2010 description

In the context of the Mozambique - First Review Under the Policy Support Instrument and Request for Modification of Assessment Criteria, the following documents have been released and are included in this package:

  • The staff report for the Mozambique - First Review Under the Policy Support Instrument and Request for Modification of Assessment Criteria, prepared by a staff team of the IMF, following discussions that ended on October 29, 2010, with the officials of Mozambique on economic developments and policies.
13 Dec 2010 description

2010/2011 Agricultural Season

Rainfall Season started in most parts of the SADC Region

Analysis of satellite rainfall estimates suggests that the rainfall season has started in earnest over most parts of the SADC region, with most areas experiencing their onset of rains in November (green colours, Figure 1a). The season was delayed by nearly a month in a few areas including parts of eastern Zambia, eastern South Africa and D.R.C. (bright orange and red colours, Figure 1b), but in most areas the onset of rains was relatively timely.

08 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

CANCUN, 8 décembre 2010 (IRIN) - Si le centre du Mozambique ne doit connaître que quelques épisodes de pluie durant les prochains mois, comment cette information devrait être communiquée à un petit fermier qui cultive du maïs, une culture de base, dans un village isolé ?

« Donner simplement des données météorologiques disant qu'il y aura 60 ou 70 pour cent de chance d'une diminution des pluies ne veut rien dire.Pour Ana, une petite fermière du Mozambique », a dit Jan Egeland, coprésident - avec Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, ancien ministre égyptien des ressources en eau et de …