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30 Aug 2013 description

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • The U.N. estimates that some 11.3 million people throughout the Sahel remain food insecure, while approximately 1.5 million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition. Although pockets of food insecurity and malnutrition will likely persist until at least the arrival of harvests in October, overall food security conditions in the region remain stable, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

14 Jun 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Overall food security situation in the Sahel remains stable, although localized food price increases and rising insecurity across the region cause concern

  • U.S. Government (USG) provides an additional $56.5 million to food-insecure and conflict-affected Sahelian populations

16 May 2013 description

Media Note, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 16, 2013

02 Apr 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 460,000 Malians displaced throughout Sahel Region

  • U.N. estimates more than 10 million at risk of food insecurity in 2013

  • U.S. Government commits additional $51 million to food-insecure and conflict-affected Sahelian populations

31 Mar 2013 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report, The Year of Recurring Disasters: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2012, examines four topics: disasters in 2012, with a focus on recurring disasters (Chapter 1); the role of regional organizations in disaster risk management (Chapter 2); wildfires (Chapter 3); and the important role of women in disaster risk management (Chapter 4). Here are some of the highlights from this year’s review:

25 Mar 2013 description

Press Statement

John Kerry, Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 25, 2013

I am pleased to announce that the United States is providing an additional $51 million in humanitarian assistance to the people of the Sahel region.

The Sahel is one of the poorest regions of the world, and is experiencing a complex crisis of drought, flooding, failed harvests, and disrupted livelihoods, all of which are exacerbated by the conflict in Mali.

06 Dec 2012 description

Testimony
Johnnie Carson
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs
As Prepared
Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs
Washington, DC
December 5, 2012

(extract)

4 . Humanitarian crisis

15 Nov 2012 description

SG/SM/14631
ENV/DEV/1326

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the International Conference on Food Security in Drylands, in Qatar on 14 November:

I am pleased to send greetings to the International Conference on Food Security in Drylands, and I thank His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and the Qatar National Food Security Programme for organizing it. I also thank Qatar for hosting the forthcoming 18th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

05 Nov 2012 description

Despite a four-day truce which was supposed to come into effect on Friday 26 October, fighting has continued to escalate in Damascus province, Aleppo, Idlib, Daara and Deir Ezzor in Syria manifested by a new wave of airstrikes by the Syrian forces and attacks by the rebels on strategic army checkpoints and air bases.

29 Oct 2012 description

This week, renewed violence between Arakan Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims took place in Rahkin state in Myanmar, affecting an estimated 28,000 people. Sectarian violence between the two communities in June already left more than 75,000 people displaced. Despite a four-day truce that was supposed to come into effect on Friday 26 October, fighting has continued in Damascus province, Aleppo, Idlib, Daara and Deir Ezzor in Syria. The number of flood-affected people in Chad has risen to 700,000, up from 445,000 in September, with 16 of the country’s 22 regions affected.

23 Oct 2012 description

La FAO lance l’alerte

23 October 2012, Rome - La FAO a mis en alerte l'Algérie, la Libye, la Mauritanie et le Maroc face à l'arrivée probable d'essaims de criquets pèlerins du Sahel en Afrique de l'Ouest au cours des prochaines semaines.

Les quatre pays sont invités à mobiliser d'urgence leurs équipes de terrain pour les opérations de prospection et de lutte antiacridiennes.