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22 Jun 2009 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 22 June 2009 (IRIN) - An increasing number of Africans living in urban areas are finding it harder to put enough food on the table, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has warned.

"The food crisis and shortages are still there in some African countries," said Adam Elhiraika, ECA economic affairs officer. "We see [a] crisis when we do not have enough income to buy the food we need."

Elhiraika, coordinator of a team which prepared the ECA's Economic Report on Africa 2009, told IRIN in Addis Ababa: "We have less purchasing power.

22 Jun 2009 description
report IRIN

ADDIS-ABEBA, 22 juin 2009 (IRIN) - Les Africains des régions urbaines sont de plus en plus nombreux à rencontrer des difficultés grandissantes à se nourrir, a averti la Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique (CEA).

« Certains pays d'Afrique sont toujours aux prises avec la crise et les pénuries alimentaires », selon Adam Elhiraika, économiste au sein de la CEA. « On voit qu'il y a [une] crise lorsqu'on n'a pas assez de revenus pour acheter les vivres dont on a besoin ».

« On a moins de pouvoir d'achat.

12 Aug 2008 description

ROME - Le Programme Alimentaire Mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) a annoncé aujourd'hui la mise en œuvre d'un programme d'aide d'une valeur de 214 millions de dollars destiné à 16 pays affectés par la hausse des prix.

12 Aug 2008 description

ROME - As nearly one billion poor people worldwide struggle to survive the unrelenting global high food and fuel price crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the roll-out of a US$214 million package directed at 16 hunger hotspots.

"With hunger on the rise, we are doing our best to stream incoming contributions to the people most in need in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean," said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran.

09 Jul 2008 description
report World Bank

Christopher Delgado
Strategy and Policy Adviser
Agricultural and Rural Development Department

27 Dec 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:

Tropical Cyclone Bondo

Tropical Cyclone Bondo developed into a very powerful storm in the southwestern Indian Ocean. The storm intensity peaked at 110 knots before starting to weaken. By the time Bondo made landfall, it had been down graded to a tropical storm with winds at about 60 knots. Bondo developed on December 18th near Diego Garcia and dissipated on December 26th in the Mozambique Channel.

13 Dec 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:

Positive ENSO conditions and the Indian Ocean Dipole remain in place

Although there has been a slight amount of cooling in the eastern tropical Pacific, sea surface temperatures remain well above normal across most of the basin. Positive ENSO conditions (or El Nino conditions) are expected to remain in place through the end of the southern Africa growing season.

22 Nov 2006 description

Weekly Introduction: Flooding continues in the Greater Horn

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16 Nov 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:
Update of El Niño:


ENSO-neutral or weak La Niña conditions are likely during the next 6-9 months.

10 Jun 2005 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 10 June (IRIN) - Although the United States and the United Kingdom have announced substantial funding for food aid programmes in the Horn of Africa, appeals for assistance in Southern Africa remain largely underfunded.

A US press statement noted that on 7 June President George Bush announced an additional $674.4 million in emergency aid funding for Africa this year, while British Prime Minister Tony Blair simultaneously increased emergency aid to Africa to a total of $300 million.

However, the …

06 Oct 2004 description

The Programmes proposed in this paper come in the context of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture development Programme (CAADP) which has been endorsed by the African Heads of State and Government as a framework for the restoration of agriculture growth, food security, and rural development in Africa.

12 Feb 2004 description

CCA Guidance for East and Northeast Africa Rainfall in March-May 2004 at One Month Lead
Northeast Africa is defined here as the region between 5N and 20N; 20-50E. The prediction for Mar-Apr-May 2004 rainfall at one month lead (neafMAM1.gif) essentially calls for climatology over the region with some very weak signals of higher than climatological probability for rainfall in the area of Djibouti.

07 Feb 2003 description
report UN News Service

Effective national and international policies, anchored in an action plan adopted in 2001 in Brussels, could help meet the challenge of eradicating the hunger and poverty faced by more than 600 million people in the world's least developed countries (LDCs), a United Nations envoy has said.

06 Jan 2003 description
report Oxfam

Widespread drought has withered crops from Ethiopia to southern Africa. Nearly 38 million Africans will require outside food donations by early in 2003--or they will face starvation. Donating countries have promised less than half of what is needed to prevent widespread famine.