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23 Mar 2012 description
report The Guardian

As the west's influence wanes, China's influence in some of the world's most turbulent countries is on the rise – and having a significant impact

Read the full post by Annie Kelly in the Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog.

10 Feb 2011 description

China's anticipated drought could pose a major threat to Africa's food security. Analysts in China and among expert international organisations anticipate that a major drought will severely affect China's 2011 grain and livestock production. If it happens, China will assert its weight on international commodity markets, and with its economic might and two decades of enormous investment in African agriculture, the continent's food security will be severely tested.

28 Jul 2010 description
report AlertNet

By Matt Hirschler

LONDON (AlertNet) - There has been severe flooding around the world in 2010, with many regions experiencing the worst torrential rain and storms in a generation.

Here are details of three major current floods:

PAKISTAN

Flash and riverine floods caused by an unusually severe monsoon season have hit Punjab and Baluchistan provinces.

At least 50 people have been killed and around 50,000 are affected in the worst-hit district of Barkhan, officials said.

Pakistan's monsoon season runs between July and September, meaning that there is still potential for …

09 Nov 2009 description

I applaud the declaration by the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation underlining the important role that investment in food security, agriculture and infrastructure plays in meeting the food needs of Africa's people.

WFP has worked for decades to help people in China and Africa access the food they need to live healthy, productive lives. We have helped farmers feed their families, while supporting them as they improve their land, dig wells, and build roads and clinics and schools.

20 Jul 2009 description

The Economic and Social Council this morning opened its Humanitarian Affairs Segment, holding a general discussion on strengthening the coordination of humanitarian assistance: present challenges and their impact on the future.

Tiina Intelmann, Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council, introducing the Humanitarian Affairs Segment on strengthening the coordination of humanitarian assistance: present challenges and their impact on the future, said humanitarian practitioners feared that hundreds of millions more would be in need of humanitarian assistance in the coming few years.

20 Oct 2008 description
report Mercy Corps

Portsmouth, NH - Pax World Management Corp., investment adviser to Pax World Funds, which launched the nation's first socially responsible mutual fund in 1971, today announced that through the mutual fund firm's Global Citizen Program, shareholder donations to Mercy Corps, a leading global relief and development organization, have exceeded $1 million over the past decade.

The Global Citizen Program enables Pax World Fund shareholders to earmark a portion of their dividends and/or capital gains as a contribution to Mercy Corps to support their critical work of promoting economic …

04 Aug 2008 description

[New York, 4 August 2008]: The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today welcomed the very generous donation of $500,000 by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), on behalf of its partners and staff, to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). CERF is the UN's central donation facility, collecting contributions from member states and other donors year round to help ensure that funds are on hand to allow for immediate humanitarian relief in emergencies.

PwC's donation is the largest so far by a private firm to the humanitarian fund.

16 Jun 2008 description

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China

The death toll from the May 12 earthquake centered in Sichuan Province stands at more than 69,000. Continuous aftershocks and geologic change have been threatening survivors and aid workers.

CWS supported the immediate efforts of partner the Amity Foundation as it distributed quilts to 10,000 families, plastic sheeting to 20,000 families, and food (33 pounds of rice per person, instant noodles, and sausage) and water to 20,000 individuals.

21 Jul 2007 description

By Peter Apps

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) - As communities around the world battle the worst floods in living memory, experts warn such events may become more frequent due to climate change and that lessons still need to be learnt to limit losses.

Floods may result in lower death tolls than earthquakes, wars or tsunamis -- and therefore gain less international attention -- but they can cause similar devastation.

Recent weeks have seen a string of such disasters.

Parts of China had the heaviest rainfall since records began, killing more than 400.

03 May 2001 description
report World Relief

On May 3, 2001, Dr. Donald Hammond, Senior Vice President of World Relief, spoke before the Immigration Subcommittee of the United States Senate in support of the Refugee Protection Act. The full text of his testimony is reprinted here.