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15 Dec 2012 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/AB/4054

Sixty-seventh General Assembly
Fifth Committee
19th Meeting (AM)

Also Takes Up Reports on: Department of Safety and Security; Review of Use of Private Security Companies by United Nations

In scrutinizing the Secretary-General’s proposed budget for 33 special political missions for 2013, delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today expressed concern over the unabated growth in financing those missions and the present arrangements for doing so.

06 Dec 2012 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Firmer production estimates for 2012 confirm tightening wheat and maize supplies while the outlook for rice remains positive. In spite of a contraction in overall cereal utilization in 2012/13, the world cereal stock-to-use ratio is projected to decline by 2 percentage points from the previous season.

11 Oct 2012 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 11 October 2012 (IRIN) - Countries where people lack adequate access to land rights, water and energy - are among the worst performers in theannual Global Hunger Index (GHI).

“We find there is a definite correlation between these resources and food insecurity,” said Claudia Ringler, a co-author of this year’s GHI study, which was produced jointly by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the NGOs Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe.

11 Oct 2012 description

Responding to the Crisis in Syria

Instability and conflict in Syria continue to affect hundreds of thousands of people. An estimated one million Syrians have been internally displaced, while the overall total affected population is estimated at up to 2.5 million.

10 Oct 2012 description
report Maplecroft

'Arab Awakening' countries at increased risk from 2013 food price shock

Despite strong economic growth, food security remains an issue of primary importance for Africa, according to a new study by risk analysis company Maplecroft, which classifies 75% of the continent’s countries at ‘high’ or ‘extreme risk.’

28 Aug 2012 description

Food security remains an important development issue for Africa, with many countries facing high food costs and periodic food shortages due to climate change, humanitarian crises, conflict, displaced populations, poor agricultural practices and a high dependency on imported food stuffs. For this reason, food security remains a top priority on the continent’s development agenda, as outlined in the quarterly Africa Food Security Brief published recently by the Chief Economist Complex of the African Development Bank.

08 Mar 2012 description
report ACT Alliance

A BIG HAND FOR EQUALITY

Gender equality is central to meeting the needs of the worlds poorest and most vulnerable people – men and women alike – concludes a new ACT Alliance report launched to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

“Clapping with Both Hands: 15 Studies of Good Practice in Promoting Gender Equality” celebrates innovative ACT programmes championed by brave women and men in 13 countries – from Guatemala to Indonesia, Mozambique to Nepal – that have enhanced the voice of women in workplaces, government and society at large.

06 Mar 2012 description
report Roll Back Malaria

6 March 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - New "roadmaps" will allow RBM partners to track progress in malaria control in 17 countries for the year 2012. Published yesterday, the roadmaps will assist malaria-endemic countries in continuing the scale up of malaria control interventions. The country roadmaps were first produced in 2009 and have since become an essential tool for guiding donors and implementation partners. They have also enabled advocates to leverage support and produce comprehensive reporting on country progress.

05 Mar 2012 description
report CGIAR

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$ 63.24 million fund package for the implementation of a 5-year project dubbed “Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa” (SARD-SC).

The SARD-SC is a research, science, and technology development initiative aimed at enhancing the productivity and income derived from cassava, maize, rice, and wheat – four of the six commodities that African Heads of States, through the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program, have defined as strategic crops for Africa.