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27 Sep 2013 description

Governments play a key role in supporting populations affected by natural disasters, including rebuilding infrastructure to ensure continued services and scaling-up public safety nets to prevent widespread hunger and poverty. However, the traditional approach of limiting greater spending to the aftermath of a disaster has many drawbacks. External support from bilateral or multilateral donors can be slow and unreliable. Private sector reinsurance can be prohibitively expensive.

25 Sep 2013 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 25 September 2013 (IRIN) - While fortifying staple foods, such as wheat flour and salt, has become routine in urban parts of malnutrition-prone West Africa, bio-fortification - the breeding of more nutritious vegetables, grains and pulses - is still a relatively new phenomenon for the region, but it is set to explode over the next decade, say food security experts.

24 Sep 2013 description
report The Zimbabwean

Thousands of flood victims still await resettlement

Inhassoro (Mozambique), 24 Sep (AIM) – Thousands of victims of the 2007 floods in the Zambezi Valley, in central Mozambique, have not yet been resettled, over six years later.

This sombre fact is contained in the report from the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC) to the meeting of the Coordinating Council of the Ministry of State Administration, under way in Inhassoro in the southern province of Inhambane.

24 Sep 2013 description

Teaming up to provide two million people with better nutrition

25 September 2013, Brussels/Rome - Less than two years before the deadline set to achieve international development goals, the European Union (EU) and FAO step up their efforts to reduce world hunger assisting two million people in six countries with agricultural development activities worth nearly €60 million.

The funding comes from a €1 billion EU initiative that aims to foster speedier progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

24 Sep 2013 description

Maize, rice, and beans are the most important food commodities. Maize is the staple food for the poor, with rice most often used as a substitute. Beans are important to all wealth groups. Each of the markets represented here act as indicators for the broader region. Tete is representative for the province by the same name, Nampula is the main market in the north and is representative for the region, and has linkages with the interior of Zambezia and Nampula provinces and coastal Nampula.

23 Sep 2013 description

KEY MESSAGES

• The food security situation for the majority of rural households across the country is stable. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes are expected from September until December throughout the country, including areasin the Limpopo Basin (Bilene, Chibuto, Chokwe, Guija and Xai-Xai districts) that were affected by flooding earlier this year.

19 Sep 2013 description

As the ICRC Water and Habitat Unit celebrates its 30th anniversary, we look back at some of the ICRCs most significant water, sanitation and shelter operations over the last three decades.

In 1859, four years before the ICRC was formed, our founder Henry Dunant made water one of his priorities as he struggled to help wounded soldiers after the Battle of Solferino. Thirty years ago, our awareness of the essential role of water, sanitation and habitat for the victims of conflict led us to create the Water and Habitat Unit, known as "WatHab."

17 Sep 2013 description

MAPUTO – Farm animals and low-tech equipment – including ox carts, animal-drawn ploughs and bicycles – are to be delivered to smallholder farmers in Manica and Tete Provinces by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The purchase of the machinery has been made possible by a donation of some US$54,000 from USAID.

A ceremony to mark the event is being held today, 17 September, in Bárue with the Provincial Governor, district authorities, aid agencies and members of local farmers’ associations in attendance.

17 Sep 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund

Dust devils are swirling through Catsanha, a village of about a dozen huts scattered across a dusty plane in Moatize district. Big industries have recently moved in to for the coal reserves, so abundant in this part of the country, and yet while natural resources removed from the ground here help keep our modern societies running, people in the village still face the grim reality of undernutrition and child deaths from easily preventable diseases.

09 Sep 2013 description

USAID’s project, Clinical HIV/AIDS System Strengthening (CHASS), has carried-out several vehicles’ transfer events in the provinces of Niassa, Sofala, Tete and Manica during August 2013. These deliveries aim at supporting each Provincial Health Directorate in the provision of medical supplies such as antiretroviral drugs, HIV tests, reagents, and medicines and consumables for other health services, such as maternal and child health and malaria.

04 Sep 2013 description

Brazzaville, 4 September 2013 -- Most African patients making repeat visits to a hospital or to their doctor are likely to have had at least one similar experience: they routinely see their doctor or other hospital staff digging through stacks of ancient manila files in search of handwritten notes of their medical records. The patients will even be lucky if their files are found with complete information.

Must this decades-old practice continue in this information age?

04 Sep 2013 description

The Mozambican government and the European Union on 7 August launched a programme on accelerating progress towards achieving the first of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The MDGs are the set of goals, agreed by world leaders at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, which should be achieved by 2015. The first of these is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, and the key targets are to reduce by half, between 1990 and 2015, the percentage of people with an income of less than one US dollar a day, and the percentage of people suffering from hunger.

04 Sep 2013 description
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Price Watch Annex

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, the effects of last year's flood-related production shortfalls and civil insecurity in Nigeria continue to disrupt staple food and livestock markets. Staple food prices remained stable in the central basin in July as producers sold remaining stocks from above-average 2012 harvests. Cereal prices were stable or increased in most structurallydeficit areas as the lean season progressed. (Pages 3-5).

04 Sep 2013 description

Tight cereal supplies and greater emergency food assistance needs expected

03 Sep 2013 description

New book helps region understand what might be in store and what to do about it

September 3, 2013, Maseru, Lesotho—The southern region of Africa could be the hardest hit by rising temperatures from climate change, leaving many to wonder what this means for agriculture. Will some areas become unsuitable for farming? Will farmers face lower yields, or turn to new crops? Will climate change threaten food security? These are challenging questions for policymakers, who must plan for the future without available information and analysis.