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29 Mar 2018 description

This Regional Briefing on Asia- Pacific National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) aims to provide a brief overview of the NAP experiences of middle-income countries in the Asia and Pacific region (excluding Central Asia), and highlight emerging issues, challenges and opportunities.

In brief

  • Many countries in Asia-Pacific have institutional arrangements in place for climate change adaptation, providing highlevel support and institutional coordination.

06 Jan 2018 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 31 December 2017-6 January 2018 and includes updates on hepatitis A, influenza, MERS, poliomyelitis and salomnellosis.

22 Dec 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 17-23 December 2017 and includes updates on dengue, chikungunya, influenza, Salmonella and measles.

04 Aug 2017 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

12 Jul 2017 description

Bangkok, Thailand – Six years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Government of Japan has committed funding to UNDP to improve disaster risk information and carry out tsunami-awareness programmes in schools across the Asia-Pacific region. ­­­­

26 May 2017 description

WHY A REGIONAL FOCUS MODEL?

A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

05 Jan 2017 description
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This website allows you to explore how different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change could change the geography of food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries. By altering the levels of future global greenhouse gas emissions and/or the levels of adaptation, you can see how vulnerability to food insecurity changes over time, and compare and contrast these different future scenarios with each other and the present day.

18 Aug 2016 description

General inflation in the region in June was estimated at 3.9 percent, and food inflation was 4.9 percent.

  • Sri Lanka recorded the highest monthly food price increase in the Asia-Pacific region in June, with a rise of 4.3 percent compared to May.

  • Afghanistan reported higher prices for wheat flour (high and low quality) and rice (low quality) compared to a month and a year ago.

31 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region remained strong in April, rising by 3.8 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively, compared to the same month last year.

  • The Government of India imposed limits on sugar stocks because of rising prices, as sugar prices increased 9.1 percent in April.

  • Wholesale rice prices in Thailand (25 percent broken rice) increased 1.2 percent month on month but were up 7.6 percent year on year.

14 Jan 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

General inflation in the region was estimated at 2.3 percent, and food price inflation at 2.6 percent in November compared to one year ago.

  • In China, prices for fresh vegetables rose as unusually cold weather in November hampered transport and disrupted supplies to markets.

  • In Indonesia, drought conditions linked to El Niño over large parts of the country resulted in major delays in planting of the main season crops.

30 Nov 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional food prices rose 2.3 percent in October compared to one year earlier.

  • In India, prices for pulses have continued rising with double-digit monthly increases since last year.

  • In Thailand, chicken prices were 6.5 percent and 13.8 percent lower than a month and a year ago, respectively, on improved production.

  • China announced a plan to develop modern agriculture and raise farmers’ incomes by improving agricultural management and rural collective property rights systems by 2020.

31 Oct 2015 description

Highlights

  • General inflation in the region continued to weaken in September rising by an estimated 2.4 percent compared to one year ago.

  • In Indonesia, chicken prices have been trending downwards due to local over supply despite a recent increase in demand for poultry.

  • Thailand approved over THB 11.5 billion (US$ 323 million) to finance drought mitigation measures.

  • A record global high in wheat production has contributed to the steepest falls in wheat futures prices in 29 years.

19 Oct 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In August, the FAO Global Food Price Index had its sharpest monthly decline since December 2008.

  • In Pakistan, prices for potatoes in August were 3.5 percent higher than the previous month but were 58.9 percent lower than a year ago.

  • In China, prices for many fresh vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, and kidney beans increased by double digit.

  • Pakistan will resume rice exports to Iran in October, after six years of international trade sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

01 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Super El Niño and climate change cause crop failures putting millions at risk of hunger

At least ten million poor people face hunger this year and next due to both droughts and erratic rains influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.

30 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.

  • In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.

  • Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.

30 Jun 2015 description

Regional Partnerships

The Asia-Pacific region contains a diverse array of cultures, environments, and societies. One of the fastest growing economic regions in the world, it is also the most disaster-prone. While natural disasters affect the region frequently, as this region continues along its path of development, regional partnerships will be essential in developing the capacities of countries to reduce risk and vulnerability and to respond to disasters.

04 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • In India, unseasonal rains damaged 8.5 million hectares of crops, mainly wheat. The Government has responded mainly by increasing input subsidies and facilitating the processing of insurance claims.

  • Thailand has launched a loan relief programme for affected farmers through the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.

  • In Pakistan, potato prices have fallen by 45 percent year on year as farmers switch from growing wheat to potatoes.

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.

  • Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.

  • In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.

  • Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.