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18 Feb 2018 description

KEY UPDATES:

  • Bird flu outbreak was reported from four poultry farms in Herat city on 17 January 2018. Precautionary measures were taken to quarantine the areas and dispose of the infected birds. The preventive and controlling activities are still ongoing in the province.

  • A total of 1,047 families were displaced due to conflict in northeastern and southern regions.

  • In Kunar and Nangarhar province, cross border shelling from Pakistan resulted in an increased number of trauma cases.

18 Feb 2018 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

16 Feb 2018 description
  • New on http://polioeradication.org/: Sudan’s surveillance system under the microscope, and a new addition to our ‘Reaching the Hard-to-Reach’ series, on AFP surveillance in challenging areas of Afghanistan, Syria and Nigeria.

  • The 16th International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus recommended that the temporary recommendations to prevent virus spread be extended for a further period of three months.

16 Feb 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 8,407 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through seven weeks of 2018. This compares with 12,430 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

15 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Four aid workers from Save the Children were killed in an attack on the NGO’s office in Jalalabad.

  • Thousands of Kuchi families are unable to cross the border into Pakistan with their livestock.

  • More than two million people live in informal settlement. The vast majority of has not enough to eat.

  • The Afghan health care system has achieved remarkable progress over the past years, despite deepening conflict.

15 Feb 2018 description

Afghanistan acceded to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees in 2005, but has not implemented a national asylum framework.

In 2014, Afghanistan received an influx of Pakistani refugees from North Waziristan Agency; an estimated 100,000 remain in a protracted refugee-like situation.

Under its mandate, UNHCR has registered 386 asylum-seekers and refugees of various nationalities in Kabul and other urban centres.

KEY INDICATORS

15 Feb 2018 description

A decade of drought forced Pakistan's wheat farmers to change to less lucrative crops, but a timely forecast of rains brought fresh hope

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In early November last year, Muhammad Islam was surprised by news from the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

The 40-year-old farmer learned that good rains were forecast for the crucial wheat growing months of November and December.

15 Feb 2018 description

This policy brief represents the first attempt to map the number of children living in conflict settings around the world. More than half of the world’s children live in a conflict-ridden country, and more worryingly, one in six children lives very close to a conflict zone – that is, less than 50 km from where the actual fighting takes place.

14 Feb 2018 description

FAO launches global platform to spread the qualities of successful Farmer Field Schools

14 February 2018, Rome - Farmer Field Schools, a community-driven approach to agricultural training and education, are increasingly in demand around the world for their ability to help smallholder farmers cope with complex challenges.

14 Feb 2018 description

Polio this week as of 07 February 2018

13 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

570 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

11,912 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

2,733 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018

62,154 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2018

62% of returnees from Pakistan (354 individuals) assisted

4% of returnees from Iran (443 individuals) assisted

85 Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC) from Iran among those assisted, 1 from Pakistan

51 Special Cases, (SC) from Iran among those assisted, 36 from Pakistan

12 Feb 2018 description
report People in Need

Asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection in V4 countries

12 Feb 2018 description

Latest Evidence

Here is a selection of the latest evidence on violence against women and girls (VAWG):

ADOLESCENCE AND VAWG

Preventing VAWG victimisation in adolescent girls (November 2017)

10 Feb 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • With near-normal rains at start of season, current prospects for 2018 wheat output are positive

  • Aggregate cereal output in 2017 estimated at record level

  • Rice exports in 2018 forecast to increase from last year’s near-average level

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour strengthened seasonally in recent months

  • Food insecurity persists in localized areas

09 Feb 2018 description

Over 25,300 children arrived in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Spain between January and September 2017, of whom more than 14,800 (58%) were unaccompanied and separated children (UASC). Arrivals in the third quarter of 2017 increased by 33% compared to Q2 2017 (14,800 vs. 11,100).

More than 13,800 unaccompanied and separated children 92% of all children who arrived to Italy through the Central Mediterranean Route were UASC.

09 Feb 2018 description

to assist
500 000 people

FAO requires
USD 10.5 million

period
January – December 2018

Conflict, natural disasters and cross-border movements continue to increase food insecurity in Afghanistan. Recurrent violence, economic slowdown, crop pests and natural hazards, such as drought and flooding, increased the vulnerability of already severely food-insecure populations, many living in hard-to-reach areas.

Objectives

09 Feb 2018 description

9,483 surveys conducted with migrants in Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in 2017

Focus of the report

This report contains an analysis of the responses provided by migrants and refugees travelling along the Central and the Eastern Mediterranean routes and interviewed under IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) activities in 2017. Male and female migrants are systematically compared.