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18 Sep 2018 description

Dakar – In August 2018 IOM, the UN Migration Agency, conducted the first climate data collection and tracking exercise in the four countries around the Lake Chad Basin – Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria – to gather baseline data on the nexus between climate change, conflict, migration and livelihoods.

Throughout the region, 3,685 households and 475 key informants were interviewed in locations selected based on their proximity to the Lake and their experience of climate events and conflict.

04 Sep 2018 description
  • Conference highlights the regional dimension of the Lake Chad crisis, the crucial role of local actors, cross-border cooperation and ownership at all levels

  • Donors announce US$2.17 billion to support humanitarian, peacebuilding and development activities in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria; multilateral financial institutions announce US$467 million in concessional loans

  • Stakeholders commit to address the immediate and longer-term needs and help build the resilience of millions of crisis-affected people in the Lake Chad region

04 Sep 2018 description

Germany, Nigeria, Norway and the United Nations hosted the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region which brought together 27 nations, 24 regional and international organizations and representatives of national and international civil society. We convened to recommit to work together to address the humanitarian needs and build the resilience of the over 17 million people still affected by the regional crisis and to identify ways of strengthening the collective response.

01 Sep 2018 description
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The humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin is among the most severe in the world, with more than 10 million people in urgent need of life-saving assistance and protection. Yet, it is critical that we urgently scale up development interventions to strengthen resilience in the region, help people and communities recover as quickly as possible and prevent a further deterioration of the crisis.

The urgent need for a resilience-based approach

01 Sep 2018 description

Millions of people in Africa’s Lake Chad region (north-east Nigeria and parts of Niger, Chad and Cameroon) are facing a profound and protracted crisis driven by extreme poverty, climate change and violent conflict.

The crisis has led to the internal displacement of 2.4 million people, the destruction of livelihoods, human rights abuses, and the disruption of health, education and other basic services. More than 10 million vulnerable people need life-saving assistance and protection today. Women and children are particularly hard hit.

21 Aug 2018 description

Objectif: Partager des connaissances, expériences, bonnes pratiques et recommandations sur la résilience climatique et l’adaptation au changement climatique entre les bureaux de la FAO et des partenaires actifs à travers la sous-région, et, définir les priorités stratégiques, programmatiques, techniques et partenariales pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel dans le cadre de l’Initiative régionale «Accroître la résilience dans les zones arides de l’Afrique» en 2018-2021.

13 Aug 2018 description
report Concern Worldwide

Written by Kristin Myers

Climate change has the power to push millions into poverty. But many communities are building resilience to climate change — with just a little help from Concern.

Would you be surprised to discover that climate change is one of the biggest threats in the fight to end global poverty? It’s true — and according to The World Bank, the effects of climate change have the power to push an additional 100 million people into poverty over the course of the next decade.

26 Jul 2018 description

Average to above average rainfall in July led to relief of previously dryness affected areas

KEY MESSAGES

• The ITF (Intertropical Front) continues its northward migration and is currently near its average position in its western portion and slightly north of it in its eastern portion.

• The agrometeorological conditions have significantly improved over areas that previously suffered from below average rainfall, or long dry spells or both (Figure 1 and Figure 2).

18 Jul 2018 description
report UN Security Council

En dépit de cycles électoraux couronnés de succès dans plusieurs pays de la région, l’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel continuent de vivre sous la triple menace du terrorisme, des changements climatiques et d’une gouvernance défaillante, a déclaré, cet après-midi, devant le Conseil de sécurité, le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général et Chef du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest (UNOWA), M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas.

17 Jul 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13426

SECURITY COUNCIL
8313TH MEETING (PM)

Recent developments in West Africa and the Sahel have been characterized by both volatility and democratic gains, the top United Nations official in the region told the Security Council today, warning that the latter “are not immune from reversal” and could be negatively impacted by the former.

11 Jul 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13417

Security Council
8307th Meeting (AM)

The Security Council, convening today to discuss the nexus between climate change and conflicts around the globe, considered several concrete proposals to guide the 15-member organ’s efforts — or those of other United Nations entities — on that evolving and increasingly critical issue.

11 Jul 2018 description

Natasha Grist

For farmers everywhere, and especially in the Sahel, innovation is a way of life, as they adapt and change farm practices to increase yields and decrease work inputs. With climate change posing increased risks, community and farm innovations that build climate resilience will help support and enhance the lives of many marginalised people. This paper examines five innovations from the BRACED programme working with vulnerable Sahelian populations, drawing lessons for other resilience-building efforts.

KEY MESSAGES

06 Jul 2018 description

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty.

06 Jul 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Jul 6 2018 (IPS) - Joshua Kiragu reminisces of years gone by when just one of his two hectares of land produced at least 40 bags of maize. But that was 10 years ago. Today, Kiragu can barely scrape up 20 bags from the little piece of land that he has left – it measures just under a hectare.

Kiragu, who is from Kenya’s Rift Valley region, tells IPS that years of extreme and drastic weather patterns continue to take their toll on his once-thriving maize business. His business, he says, has all but collapsed.

01 Jul 2018 description
report United Nations

L’ONU PRÉSENTE LE PLAN DE SOUTIEN POUR LE SAHEL, UNE TERRE D’OPPORTUNITÉS

En marge du 31ème Sommet de l’Union Africaine qui se tient à Nouakchott, Mauritanie, la Vice-Secrétaire Générale des Nations Unies Mme Amina J. Mohammed va présenter ce samedi 30 juin le Plan de Soutien des Nations Unies pour le Sahel, intitulé « Sahel, terre d’opportunités ».

La présentation aura lieu durant une Réunion de Haut Niveau sur le Sahel, organisée par le gouvernement de Mauritanie.

Pourquoi un plan de soutien au Sahel?

30 Jun 2018 description
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UN LAUNCHES A SUPPORT PLAN FOR THE SAHEL, A LAND OF OPPORTUNITIES

On the margins of the 31st Summit of the Africa Union in Nouakchott, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed will launch the United Nations Support Plan for the Sahel titled: “Sahel, Land of Opportunities.”

The launch will take place during a High-Level Meeting on the Sahel organized by the government of Mauritania

Why the Sahel Support Plan?

26 Jun 2018 description

A significant advancement of the ITF positively affected the agropastoral areas of Mali, Niger and Chad

KEY MESSAGES

• The ITF (Intertropical Front) made a significant advancement in comparison with its late May position, which resulted in mostly above average rainfall conditions over the pastoral areas of Mali, Niger and Chad and a significant improvement of agrometeorological conditions over, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, western Mali and southern Senegal (Figure 1 and Figure 2).

11 Jun 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17.

DAKAR, Senegal, Jun 11 2018 (IPS) - Hope, smiles and new vitality seem to be returning slowly but surely in various parts of the Sahel region, where the mighty Sahara Desert has all but ‘eaten’ and degraded huge parts of landscapes, destroying livelihoods and subjecting many communities to extreme poverty.

11 Jun 2018 description
report World Bank

LES POINTS MARQUANTS

  • Avec un taux de croissance démographique parmi les plus élevés du monde et un faible indice de développement humain, la région du lac Tchad a impérativement besoin de projets de développement pour améliorer l’accès à l’eau afin de faire fonctionner les secteurs de l’agriculture, de l’énergie, de la santé, de l’assainissement et l’industrie.