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By Wambi Michael
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 20 2017 (IPS) - Index insurance is being promoted as a solution to protect climate affected smallholder farmers in Africa. This type of micro insurance is slowly gaining ground as a way of compensating farmers for lost crops and livestock due to climate change.
By Busani Bafana
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jul 18 2017 (IPS)
Southern African countries have agreed on a multi-pronged plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the fall army worm, which has cut forecast regional maize harvests by up to ten percent, according to a senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official.
JUNE 2, 2017 FROM CGIAR News from CGIAR System Organization
The recent appearance of the fall armyworm, an insect-pest, which causes damage to more than 80 crop species in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, poses a serious challenge and significant risk to the region’s food security.
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Most young women who are at the highest risk of contracting the AIDS virus do not use drugs designed to prevent HIV infection, even when they're offered. That’s the conclusion of a new study that looked at so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, in thousands of women in Africa.
Heavy downpours have caused flooding in north-central Zambia, southern Zimbabwe, and northern Mozambique.
Light to moderate rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during the past observation period.
1) Heavy downpours during the past week have caused the Licungo River to burst its banks, inundating expansive cropping areas, infrastructure, and houses downstream. Although reduced rains are forecast over the region during the next week, any additional rain may exacerbate the ground conditions, including elevated risks for waterborne disease outbreaks.
May 17, 2013
The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum today presents the report of the International Conference on Transitional Justice in Zimbabwe which took place from the 4th to the 6th of October 2012. The conference was organised to bring together various stakeholders to deliberate on the way forward for transitional justice in Zimbabwe.
Armyworm outbreaks were reported in the first week of January, threatening to worsen the country’s already precarious food security.
The outbreak was first detected in Mashonaland Central and later on spread to other areas such as Mashonaland West, Manicaland, Midlands and Matabeleland North where hundreds of hectares of maize crop were reportedly destroyed.
Following the successful launch of the Eastern and Southern Africa Commitment on HIV Prevention and Sexual Health for Young People in November 2011 by Dirk Niebel, Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), UNAIDS and UNESCO have now established a High-Level Group of policymakers and experts to steer this initiative.
JOHANNESBURG, 7 April 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - Researchers have estimated that 1.2 million deaths in Africa were averted between 2004 and 2007 as a direct result of interventions funded by the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Since former President George Bush launched the programme in 2003, it has been widely praised as the largest and most ambitious health initiative dedicated to combating a single disease, but until recently the outcomes of this multibillion-dollar effort had never been measured.
Using figures from UNAIDS, researchers from Stanford University …
(Abu Dhabi, 24 November 2008): His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE and President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, today hosted a global launch of the 2009 Humanitarian Appeal, in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
"We are delighted to welcome so many distinguished guests and host this important event with the United Nations, raising our voice on behalf of the millions of needy people across the globe.
Five actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated in June 2008 and three improved, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group's monthly bulletin CrisisWatch, released today.
In Zimbabwe, state-sponsored violence further escalated ahead of the 27 June presidential run-off vote, as the Mugabe regime continued its brutal crackdown to secure victory. Opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai was detained five times over the month, opposition campaigning was repressed and the polling day itself marked by widespread voter intimidation.
At present, 37 countries throughout every region of the world are experiencing localized food insecurity, lack of access to food, or shortfalls in food production or supplies. In the past year, global food prices have increased an average of 43 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.
L'appel humanitaire 2008 lancé par Ban Ki-moon aujourd'hui à Genève regroupe les besoins de financement de 188 organisations, dont ceux des agences des Nations Unies, et vise à collecter 3,8 milliards de dollars afin d'aider quelque 25 millions de personnes réparties dans 24 pays.
« Nous vivons dans un monde de prospérité sans précédent », a rappelé le Secrétaire général dans un message transmis aujourd'hui depuis Genève.
(Geneva: 10 December 2007): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for $3.8 billion to provide urgent support to 25 million people in humanitarian emergencies in 24 countries worldwide.
"We live in a world of unprecedented prosperity. But despite this, millions of people continue to endure crises where the essentials of existence - clean water, life-saving drugs, and emergency shelter among others - are denied them and where insecurity is a part of everyday life," the Secretary-General said.
Event: Chatham House Africa Programme
Speech Date: 21/06/06
Speaker: Lord Triesman
"I am a humanitarian worker, and it is my job to coordinate relief operations for vulnerable peoples around the world. It is, therefore, with regret that I confirm today that I cannot, as I have hoped, launch an agreed appeal for the people evicted in Zimbabwe in the months of May, June and July", Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told correspondents at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.