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26 Dec 2013 description

NAIROBI, Kenya, 26 December 2013 (UNHCR) – Lydia Umutoniwase fixes her gaze on a sewing machine as she prepares to thread a needle. She is deep in concentration, despite the chatter of women and whir of other machines surrounding her. To her left is a pile of colourful scarves freshly pressed and ready for sale.

Lydia, 19, is one of the more than two dozen young refugee women who form the Maisha Collective. The group makes and sells tie-dyed textiles and scarves, allowing the members to learn a trade and earn an income.

26 Dec 2013 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2014

Summary

18 Dec 2013 description

Highlights

· Sporadic fighting kills over 100 people and displaces more than 100,000 others in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan

· South Sudan imposes a curfew following a failed coup attempt

· Humanitarian actors report a funding shortfall of US$11.9 million for more than 140,000 Ethiopia migrants being received from Saudi Arabia

· The more than 55,000 illegal immigrants expelled from Tanzania are still in need of humanitarian assistance

17 Dec 2013 description
  1. Executive Summary

Asylum seekers and refugees in Kayole, Eastleigh and Kitengela have made great strides integrating into the social and economic life of Nairobi. The livelihoods baseline illustrates that the socio-economic profile of the urban asylum seeker or refugee is not that of desperation and dependence. Rather it is one of incredible resilience in the face of significant odds. The majority are engaged in economic activities in the informal sector, and have made modest gains with limited support from the Government of Kenya or the humanitarian community.

12 Dec 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • TDRP programmatic extension obtained

  • AU seminar on Children Affected by Armed Conflict and UNSCR 1325 convened

  • Final evaluation of the empowerment of social-economic associations pilot project conducted

  • South Sudan Reintegration Pilot Project entered the reintegration phase

  • Official premiere of the documentary Scoring for Peace held

  • TDRP Facebook page and Scoring for Peace website created

05 Dec 2013 description
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Monthly Price Watch
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Price Watch Annex

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, market supplies improved throughout the region in October due to average ongoing harvests. Carryover stocks were average to above-average in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Benin but below-average in many areas of the Niger and Nigeria due to the effects flood and conflict that disrupted the marketing system in 2012 and early 2013. Stable rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-5).

02 Dec 2013 description

Agrafer les marchés alimentaires en Afrique de l'Est: Le maïs blanc est la céréale de base principale consommées en Tanzanie, au Kenya et en Ethiopie. En Ouganda, le maïs blanc est cultivé principalement en tant que culture commerciale pour l'exportation dans la région. Le riz importé est un aliment de base majeur pour Djibouti et la Somalie, qui consomment principalement Belem-le riz importé rouge. La Tanzanie est également un producteur majeur et source de riz dans la région tandis que le Kenya et l'Ouganda sont de petits producteurs.

30 Nov 2013 description

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.

27 Nov 2013 description

Rains have been delayed in the eastern sector of the Horn of Africa

KEY MESSAGES

While food insecurity has declined from a peak in September 2011, an estimated 11.1 people across the region remain in Stressed (IPC Phase 2), Crisis (IPC Phase 3), and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) down from 14.5 million in 2011. Significant improvements were found many parts of Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Ethiopia due to access to humanitarian assistance, the succession of near normal production seasons, reduced conflict, and improved macroeconomic conditions.

23 Nov 2013 description

The onset of October to December rains in eastern Kenya and southernmost Somalia was delayed

KEY MESSAGES

  • The October to December Deyr/short rains started late in much of eastern Kenya and southern Somalia. The rains were up to 20 days late in some areas.

  • The risk of flooding remains high along both the Juba and Shabelle Rivers in southern Somalia.

21 Nov 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional food security in eastern Africa shows marked improvement

  • Nutrition in Turkana Central worsens from Serious to Critical

  • No polio in South Sudan, as political impasse hinders vaccination in Sudan More than 100 people dead and over one million others affected by floods since August

  • More than 10 million people displaced in the region as of September 2013

  • Agreement signed for return of Somali refugees in Kenya, as similar plans are made for return of Burundians in Uganda

20 Nov 2013 description

Drier conditions expected during the next week across East Africa, following anomalously heavy rainfall in mid-November.

06 Nov 2013 description
  • The passage of a weak tropical disturbance is expected to produce heavy amounts of rainfall over northern Somalia.
  • Poor October rainfall across parts of central and eastern Kenya, as well as, southern Somalia lead to strengthening moisture deficits in the region.

1) The development of a tropical disturbance in the northwestern Indian Ocean is expected to move west and bring significantly heavy amounts of rainfall across the Gulf of Aden and Somalia.

01 Nov 2013 description

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.

31 Oct 2013 description

1 Introduction

Background of the Humanitarian Innovation Project This working paper is drawn from the seven-week mission in Uganda as a preliminary study of the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP) based at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. HIP seeks to research the role of technology, innovation and the private sector in refugee assistance.

31 Oct 2013 description
report Geneva Call

This report was stimulated by a conference on armed non-State actors (ANSAs) and the protection of internally displaced people organized in 2011 jointly by Geneva Call and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The conference itself followed on from a special edition of Forced Migration Review magazine on ‘Armed non-state actors and displacement’.

31 Oct 2013 description
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Monthly Price Watch
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Price Watch Annex

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, cereals trade between the region’s surplus and deficit zones increased in September. Staple food prices remained stable throughout most of the central basin in September as producers and traders sold remaining stocks from above-average 2012 harvests. Cereal prices were stable or increased in many structurally-deficit areas as the lean season can to an end. Rice imports from international markets contributed to adequate food availability the Western Basin (Pages 3-5).

30 Oct 2013 description

An increase in rain across South Africa reduces early season rainfall deficits.