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31 Dec 2008 description

This price watch bulletin covers the quarterly period from September to November 2008. The objective of the bulletin is to provide early warning information on price changes of staple food commodities and their likely impact on the cost of the food basket. Price changes are determined for each country on a quarterly basis.

Highlights:

- Prices still remain significantly higher compared to last year and long term averages, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and Middle East.

29 Dec 2008 description
report Oxfam

A year of wars, weather and financial woes hit the poor

For thousands of people around the world 2008 was a tough year, with a number of violent conflicts causing widespread suffering, and the triple crunch of climate change, the food crisis and the economic downturn hitting the poorest hardest, said Oxfam today.

In countries such as Zimbabwe, Sudan, and Sri Lanka, ongoing conflicts continue to blight the lives of millions of poor men, women and children, and impede progress in reducing poverty. In the DRC, renewed fighting has displaced hundred of thousands, and the Israeli blockade …

18 Dec 2008 description

Highlights of a new FAO report

- As the year draws to a close, FAO's latest estimates confirm that a new record high level of global cereal production was achieved in 2008, sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2008/09 and also allow for a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

- Most of the increase in production this year has been among the developed countries, with that in the developing countries rising just marginally.

04 Dec 2008 description

Introduction

The Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2009 provides a snapshot of the problems of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in 33 countries, territories and peacekeeping missions, and describes the strategies for eliminating each of these threats.

This 12th edition of the annual portfolio is a collection of mine action project proposals that reflect a strategic response by field-based partners to the landmine and ERW problems in specific countries or territories.

16 Oct 2008 description
report Oxfam

The recent sharp increase in food prices should have benefited millions of poor people who make their living from agriculture. However, decades of misguided policies by developing country governments on agriculture, trade, and domestic markets - often promoted by international financial institutions and supported by donor countries - have prevented poor farmers and rural workers from reaping the benefits of higher commodity prices. As a result, the crisis is hurting poor producers and consumers alike, threatening to reverse recent progress on poverty reduction in many countries.

14 Oct 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 4.9 percent to a record 2 232 million tonnes, considerably up from earlier predictions after better than expected results from the major harvests gathered in the past two months.

- Based on the latest production forecast, a significant improvement in the global supply and demand balance for cereals in the 2008/09 season can be expected.

30 Sep 2008 description
report ACTED

ACTED HAITI: ACTED is working towards the humanitarian crisis response in Haiti

"Haiti is dogged by bad luck". This is the sad reality that has been revealing itself in these last weeks after the subsequent passage of the cyclones Gustav and Ike and of the tropical storms Fay and Hannah over the lands and coasts of the is-land. The cyclones hit the South and the West, while the tropical storms stroke the North and the North West of the island.

According to the last rapports of the Haitian Civil Protection Direction, more than 400 people died during the floods and 60 are …

29 Sep 2008 description
report World Bank

Le Groupe de la Banque mondiale a lancé un mécanisme de financement rapide doté de 1,2 milliard de dollars - le Programme d'intervention en réponse à la crise alimentaire mondiale (GFRP) - afin d'accélérer les apports d'aide aux pays qui en ont le plus besoin. Le GFRP a approuvé et commencé à décaisser, en date du 26 septembre 2008, 152 millions de dollars pour des projets dans 18 pays. Un projet de 36 millions est en cours d'approbation. 393 millions de dollars supplémentaires sont en cours d'affectation pour des programmes dans 12 autres pays.

26 Sep 2008 description
report World Bank

Food Crisis

What the World Bank is Doing

The World Bank Group created a new $1.2 billion rapid financing facility-the Global Food Response Program (GFRP)-in May 2008 to speed assistance to the neediest countries. GFRP has approved and begun disbursing $152 million in 18 countries as of September 26, 2008. One project totaling $36 million is pending approval.

31 Aug 2008 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations


Analysis of the 2008 Programme of Work

12 Aug 2008 description

ROME - Le Programme Alimentaire Mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) a annoncé aujourd'hui la mise en œuvre d'un programme d'aide d'une valeur de 214 millions de dollars destiné à 16 pays affectés par la hausse des prix.

12 Aug 2008 description

ROME - As nearly one billion poor people worldwide struggle to survive the unrelenting global high food and fuel price crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the roll-out of a US$214 million package directed at 16 hunger hotspots.

"With hunger on the rise, we are doing our best to stream incoming contributions to the people most in need in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean," said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran.

31 Jul 2008 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations



Analysis of the 2008 Programme of Work

As of July 2008, WFP requires 5 million metric tonnes for the current year to meet the needs of over 83 million beneficiaries among the world's neediest people in more than 80 countries.

25 Jul 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.8 percent to a record 2 180 million tonnes. Most of the increase is in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in all regions. Coarse grains output is expected around the bumper level of last year but lower than earlier anticipated due to severe floods in the United States, the world's largest producer and exporter. Rice is tentatively forecast to increase slightly from last year's good level.

- Despite the anticipated increase in world output, cereal markets will remain tight in 2008/09.

30 Jun 2008 description

Executive Summary

President George W. Bush signed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (the WfP Act) into law on December 1, 2005. The Act requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S. Government agencies, to develop and implement a strategy "to provide affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries" within the context of sound water resources management.

02 Jun 2008 description

Jeddah, June 2, 2008 -- The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) announced today it is allocating US$1.5 billion to support efforts to meet immediate, medium and long term food crisis in its least developed member countries (LDMCs), though some programs will benefit other members as well.