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20 Apr 2012 description

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has received approval of about US$7m from the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation for the implementation of the second phase of the Commercial Products (COMPRO-II) project, says IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga today.

19 Feb 2011 description

Le Président du FIDA Nwanze exhorte les leaders politiques des 167 Pays Membres à se concentrer sur la jeunesse pour construire une économie rurale dynamique

Rome, le 19 février 2011 - «L´Afrique possède les territoires et les personnes pour développer un système agricole capable de produire assez de surplus pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire mondiale dans les décennies à venir », a dit ce matin Kofi Annan, président de l'Alliance pour une Révolution Verte en Afrique (AGRA) lors de la conférence annuelle du FIDA (Fonds International de Développement Agricole).

Kofi Annan, …

19 Feb 2011 description

IFAD President Nwanze urges policy leaders from 167 Member States to focus on young people to build vibrant rural economies

Rome, 19 February 2011 - Africa has the land and the people to develop an agricultural system that can provide enough surplus to ensure global food security in decades to come, Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), said this morning at the annual meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Annan, a former United Nations Secretary-General, said that good progress towards this goal is already being …

20 Nov 2008 description
report IRIN

NEW YORK, 20 novembre 2008 (IRIN) - A l'heure o=F9 la récession s'abat sur le monde, les analystes se demandent si les urgences, notamment les catastrophes naturelles, continueront de se voir allouer des fonds (le 19 novembre, un appel de fonds a été lancé pour obtenir la somme record de sept milliards de dollars, qui servira à faire face aux crises) tandis que l'aide au développement, notamment les investissements agricoles en Afrique, est négligée alors même qu'elle permettrait à long terme de sauver bien plus de vies.

La question a été abordée le 15 novembre, au …

21 Feb 2008 description
report IRIN

ROME, 21 February 2008 (IRIN) - The lack of political will to invest in agriculture has affected the chances of halving poverty and hunger in Africa by 2015, according to a senior United Nations official.

"Investment in agriculture, more than other sectors, provides four times the returns," said Kanayo Nwanze, vice-president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a UN agency working to end rural poverty.

"There are some countries, like Ghana, which have made tremendous progress in the last seven years, and Uganda; we could have listed Kenya (prior to …

10 Oct 2007 description
report CARE

CARE International staff throughout Africa are on high alert as torrential rains and flooding affect large parts of the continent.

United Nation's agencies estimate that more than a million people have been affected by flooding as torrential rain batters over 20 countries stretching from East to West Africa. Countries such as Ghana and Uganda are experiencing unusually high rainfall.

09 Oct 2007 description
report ActionAid

Some of the worst flooding in nearly 30 years has devastated swathes of east and southern Africa affecting over 1.5 million people.

In Ghana nearly 800,000 people have been affected by torrential rains which have devastated farms and destroyed crops.

At least 17 people have died as a result and the government has declared Ghana's three northern regions a disaster area.

ActionAid is responding to the disaster, distributing food and clothes in the Upper East Region, the area most affected by the floods.

We are also responding in the Northern (West and East) and Upper West …

08 Oct 2007 description

Episcopal Relief and Development is providing emergency assistance to communities affected by severe flooding in Ghana and Uganda. Nearly 17 African countries have been affected by heavy rains which began in early June. Approximately 1.5 million people have been impacted, including more than 680,000 in West Africa alone.

Ghana has been hardest hit by torrential rains which have left close to 275,000 people displaced in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions. In the Upper East Region, over 25 people have died and more than 51,000 are internally displaced.

08 Oct 2007 description
report ActionAid

At least 300 people have died in the flooding since heavy rains began sweeping across the continent two months ago.

05 Oct 2007 description

Communities will feel effects of flooding for months; CRS gears up long-term response

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 5, 2007 - As flooding subsides across Africa, communities are bracing for the aftermath of months of heavy rain. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is delivering relief supplies throughout East and West Africa, while working on long-term solutions to help families who will feel the effects of the devastating flooding long after the waters recede.

In Northern Ghana, some 350,000 people have been affected, with more than 100,000 displaced.

03 Oct 2007 description
report Voice of America

By Howard Lesser

Some of the most widespread flooding in years has swept across Sub-Saharan Africa, from Ghana, Niger, Mali, and Togo in the west to Ethiopia, Uganda, and Sudan in the east. In the last 24 hours, the International Red Cross (IFRC) has added Burkina Faso to its emergency rolls after 33 deaths were reported and more than 75-hundred homes destroyed in torrential rains. In addition, the UN World Food Program (WFP) is appealing for three-point eight million dollars to feed 470-thousand victims in Mauritania, where saturated supplies are putting thousands at risk.

26 Sep 2007 description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has today warned of the long term impact of flooding in East and West Africa.

24 Sep 2007 description
  • Les inondations qui ont touché de nombreuses zones d'Afrique sont les plus graves depuis des décennies. Elles forment un arc qui s'étend de la Mauritanie à l'ouest, au Kenya à l'est. Selon les estimations du Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM), les inondations auraient affecté 1,5 million de personnes.

    Le PAM doit puiser dans les réserves d'urgence

    - Les équipes du PAM ont été déployées dans la région pour distribuer des vivres aux victimes des inondations dans plusieurs pays.

24 Sep 2007 description
report World Vision

Teams in Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Kenya concerned about disease risks to children

Nairobi, Kenya, September 24, 2007-World Vision is providing relief supplies to countries in Western and Eastern Africa hit hard by the recent torrential rains and flooding.

22 Sep 2007 description

Development minister Bert Koenders is giving €11 million in emergency aid to Uganda, Sudan and West Africa.

Four million euros will go to the victims of the floods in Uganda and West Africa, and seven million to Sudan.

Large areas of West and East Africa have been hit by serious flooding and around 300,000 people are affected. Rainfall in the north and east of Uganda has been exceptionally heavy since July. Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso have been hit the hardest by the flooding in West Africa, and some 500,000 people in the region face food shortages and disease.

21 Sep 2007 description

(2007-20) News Release

Ottawa-The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, expressed concern today for populations currently affected by flooding in East and West Africa, and announced that the Government of Canada is allocating $3 million to assist these communities.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to extend my sympathies to those whose lives have been affected by the flooding," said Minister Bernier.

21 Sep 2007 description

OTTAWA-L'honorable Maxime Bernier, ministre des Affaires étrangères, et l'honorable Beverley J. Oda, ministre de la Coopération internationale, ont annoncé aujourd'hui que le gouvernement du Canada a affecté 3 millions de dollars aux efforts déployés pour venir en aide aux collectivités dévastées par les inondations en Afrique de l'Est et de l'Ouest.

« Au nom de tous les Canadiens, je tiens à exprimer ma sympathie à toutes les personnes dont les vies ont été bouleversées par les inondations, a affirmé le ministre Bernier.

21 Sep 2007 description

With renewed flooding predicted, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is sending emergency assistance to both West and East Africa.

The agency earlier announced it was dispatching blankets, plastic sheeting, tents, water tanks, water softeners and purifiers and electric dynamos from its Frankfurt warehouse to the West African state of Ghana.

19 Sep 2007 description

In order to help ensure that the terrible floods which have affected vast areas of Africa do not lead to a famine disaster, the Federal Development Ministry has given the World Food Programme 500,000 euros for emergency and food aid to help the people in Africa who have been hit by the flooding.

"The worst flooding has been in Ghana, Uganda and Sudan. Dozens of people lost their lives in the rising waters. In these three countries alone, more than 1 million people are now homeless.

21 Apr 2005 description


Weekly Introduction:
Update of Seasonal Outlooks at One-Month Lead: May-July 2005 Forecasts

Gulf of Guinea Region

The outlook for May-Jul 2005 Gulf of Guinea rainfall at one month lead shows a slight tilt in the odds favoring above average rainfall locally over southern Ghana and southwestern Nigeria. There is a slight tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall locally over southeastern Cote d'Ivoire.

Sahel