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30 October 2014
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is launching an unprecedented appeal in response to the Ebola crisis, but what lessons must we learn if we are to effectively and equitably tackle future shocks of this scale?
We live in one world but people face wildly different outcomes depending on their means, and the capacity of their country and government to meet both regular and unexpected demands.
Why are the health prospects for residents in informal urban settlements so poor, and what future issues will contribute to making these better or worse? These were among the questions discussed at the 11th International Conference on Urban Health held recently in Manchester.
As part of this event, a group of participants grappled with the ways in which climate change will affect urban health, based on experiences of both the threats and opportunities of managing health risks in countries including India, Tanzania and Vietnam.
Look at all the factors
Cet ouvrage se penche sur le rôle vital que joue l'élevage mobile dans la prospérité économique des zones arides africaines. En Afrique de l'Est et de l'Ouest, on estime que 50 millions d'éleveurs subviennent aux besoins de leur famille et de leur communauté et soutiennent une imposante filière de viande, de cuir
The recent spike in food prices has led to a renewal of interest in agricultural issues and in the long-term drivers of food prices. Urbanization has been mentioned as one possible cause of higher food prices. In this paper we examine some of the links through which urbanization is considered to be contributing to higher food prices and conclude that in most cases urbanization is being conflated with other long-term processes, such as economic growth, population growth and environmental degradation, which can more fruitfully be seen as related but separate processes.
Rapid increases in food prices in 2007 and the first half of 2008 attracted high-level policy attention. During the course of 2008, the United Nations organized an inter-agency High-Level Taskforce on the Global Food Security Crisis and issued a Comprehensive Framework for Action. Over 40 heads of state and government attended a High-Level Conference on World Food Security, sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and focused mainly on how to address the price increases.
This paper argues that the complexity of emergencies
demands a development oriented, participatory approach to address the multiple
dimensions of food insecurity prevalent under such conditions. According
to the author, conflicts are not apolitical events of violence, but are
strongly linked to society during socalled normal, more peaceful times.
He outlines seven milestones essential for participatory approaches in
- Targeting: reaching the unreached
- Sharing the cake
- Negotiating the tasks: local contribution