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30 Dec 2010 description

Key Messages

- Food security conditions across the region are steadily improving with the increasingly widespread harvests and large shipments of rainy season crops to markets since October.

- Nominal prices for different crops are falling in production zones but are still high in deficit areas which are still awaiting an influx of commercial trade.

28 Dec 2010 description

Food security levels bolstered by a record harvest

- Agricultural and pastoral conditions remain satisfactory throughout the country. Markets are still well-supplied with imported food, despite the rising prices of imported food and fuel.

- The FEWS NET-CILSS-Government joint crop assessment estimates a record gross cereal harvest of 242,710 MT, up 42 percent from 2009-2010 and 33 per percent over the previous five years.

- All wealth groups in all livelihood zones are expected to return to normal beginning in December.

07 Dec 2010 description
report The Global Fund

Action taken to ensure new Principal Recipients are found and that full grant activities resume quickly

Grants to five countries put under closer Global Fund control

GENEVA - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has suspended funding of two malaria grants in Mali with immediate effect and has terminated a third grant for tuberculosis (TB) after it found evidence of misappropriation and unjustified expenditure. Management of the two suspended grants will be transferred to a new Principal Recipient.

The government of Mali has condemned the embezzlement of funds …

06 Dec 2010 description


The Desert Locust (SGR1) activities increased in November in Sudan where ground operations controlled various instar hopper bands and adult groups in more than 6,900 ha in the Northern, the River Nile, Khartoum and Red Sea States. Some adults moved to the northeast of the country and laid eggs while a few crossed the Red Sea and reached northeastern coast of Saudi Arabia on November 30th. Breeding continued in northwestern Mauritania where control operations treated 400 ha.

03 Dec 2010 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. In its letter dated 21 December 2007 (S/2007/754), the Security Council agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) until 31 December 2010, and requested me to report on the implementation of the revised mandate of UNOWA every six months. The present report covers the period from 1 July to 31 December 2010.

03 Dec 2010 description

Situation Générale en novembre 2010

Prévision jusqu'à'mi-janvier 2011

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin reste préoccupante au Soudan. Malgré les efforts en lutte du mois de novembre, des ailés ont formé de petits groupes qui se sont déplacés vers le nord-est du Soudan o=F9 ils ont pondu, tandis que plusieurs autres groupes ont traversé la mer Rouge en direction de la côte septentrionale de l'Arabie saoudite. Si de bonnes pluies tombent dans ces deux pays, les effectifs acridiens pourraient augmenter rapidement et menacer la région.

02 Dec 2010 description

Ready for the Next Leg of the Journey?

02 Dec 2010 description
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General Situation during November 2010
Forecast until mid-January 2011

30 Nov 2010 description

    West Africa's humanitarian situation remains of deep concern. The region continues to be marked by complex and severe humanitarian crises, often exceeding the populations' coping capacities and deepening their vulnerability. In 2010, the region was found to have the highest rates of under-five mortality in the world. About one-quarter of all global child deaths occur in West Africa.

30 Nov 2010 description


In 2011, tens of millions of people will need emergency aid to survive. Conflicts and natural disasters have cut them off from their homes, their livelihoods, and access to essentials like drinking water and health care. They already suffer or are imminently threatened by malnourishment, disease, or violence. Most are poor people who have few if any means to cope with these traumas.

29 Nov 2010 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 29 November 2010 (IRIN) - The five-day Tenth Meeting of the States Parties (10MSP) of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention began in Geneva, Switzerland, on 29 November 2010.

The Mine Ban Treaty (MBT), which seeks to prohibit landmine production, destroy stockpiles and clear all mine-contaminated land, has been signed by 156 states, and since the convention entered into force in 1999 has stigmatized the use of landmines to such an extent that even non-signatories have in some cases complied with many of its provisions.

The meeting will include, among other items, …

24 Nov 2010 description
  • Between October and December 2010 a marked improvement is expected in most of the country's rural areas, due to rainfall promoting good pastoral and agricultural conditions.
23 Nov 2010 description
  • Les conditions de sécurité alimentaire continuent à s'améliorer dans la région avec la généralisation des récoltes et la mise en marché en quantité importante depuis octobre des produits agricoles issus de la saison hivernale.

    - Les prix nominaux des différents produits sont en baisse dans les bassins de productions mais élevés dans les zones déficitaires où les flux marchants ne sont pas encore arrivés.

19 Nov 2010 description

Des niveaux de sécurité alimentaire renforcés par une production record

- Les conditions agricoles et pastorales demeurent satisfaisantes dans tout le pays.

16 Nov 2010 description

Published on 16 November 2010

Gum arabic, a common food ingredient which makes bubblegum chewy and postage stamps stick, may also be offering a way out of poverty for a group of returning refugees in southern Mauritania. With the earnings from their new gum tree nursery, they're investing in wells, homes, more trees and a future free from hunger.

by Jacqueline Seeley

ROSSO-In the shade of an acacia grove,holds up a sticky ball of tree sap the size and shape of a marble and says it's the greatest source of promise for a community of 40 families trying to rebuild their lives …

16 Nov 2010 description

Taking action to support women

New evaluation on gender equality and women's empowerment in IFAD's projects points the way to further progress

Rome, 7 February 2011 - An evaluation of projects and activities undertaken by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has found that, while there is room for improvement, the agency has made significant progress in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in family agricultural production and farmers' organizations.

The report by IFAD's Office of Evaluation further underlines the central role …