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30 Oct 2014 description

Camilla Toulmin
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.

18 Mar 2014 description

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

01 Feb 2010 description

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

01 Aug 2009 description

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.

01 Aug 2009 description

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.

01 Jan 2002 description

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 conflict situations:

- Targeting: reaching the unreached
- Sharing the cake
- Negotiating the tasks: local contribution