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In response to the dramatic rise of global food prices since 2007, WFP has been providing funding and technical support to WFP staff and partners to assess the impact of higher prices and structural vulnerabilities and a growing and 'new face of hunger'.
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.
- Prices still remain significantly higher compared to last year and long term averages, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and Middle East.
EAST AFRICA: October- December rains began on time but ended early in south- central Somalia, northeastern and southeastern Kenya, and in parts of southeastern Ethiopia, negatively affecting crop prospects and pasture in these areas. In south- central Soma lia, increased civil insecurity and rampant sea piracy also continue to exacerbate existing food insecurity through displacement, dis ruption of both commercial and humanitarian food imports, and restrictions on food access among already impoverished popula tions.
La situation sécuritaire dans l'est de la RDC est toujours précaire. En plus de cela une épidémie d'Ebola vient d'être confirmée dans la province du Kasaï Occidental, zone de santé de Mweka. L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe n'est toujours pas sous contrôle. L'épidémie s'est propagée dans les pays d'Afrique australe.
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L'UNDSS et la Sécurité de la MONUC recommandent les partenaires humanitaires à une vigilance accrue face à la recrudescence des épisodes de criminalité en période de fin d'année et le licenciement massif avec la fermeture de plusieurs entreprises minières. A ce propos, le Gouverneur a convoqué une réunion extraordinaire avec les forces de l'ordre le 25 Décembre 2008.
The security situation in eastern DRC is still precarious. In addition an outbreak of Ebola has been confirmed in the province of Kasaï Occidental, health zone of Mweka. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is not yet under control. The outbreak has spread in the Southern African countries. WHO and partners continue to support efforts aimed at information sharing from affected border districts, strengthening surveillance, as well as for resource mobilization.
- Angola: The cholera outbreak is still of high concern.
Cases of cholera continue to be reported throughout the region. The most critical situation continues to be in Zimbabwe, with more than 20,000 cases recorded. Ongoing migration and trade appear to have led to cholera outbreaks in countries bordering Zimbabwe. In South Africa, indigenous transmission has also become a reality. Zambia, Mozambique and Angola are also suffering from unrelated outbreaks.
JOHANNESBURG, 23 December 2008 (IRIN) - Zambia and Malawi may face a food crisis in early 2009, a regional food security study has warned, as Zambia announced it was importing maize as a pre-emptive measure.
"There is some evidence of a potential food crisis emerging in Zambia and possibly Malawi in early 2009, not because of world food price levels, but because of potential physical shortages, which are likely to send maize prices sharply higher over the coming months," said the US-based Michigan State University (MSU) study, The 2008/09 Food Price and Food Security Situation …
The security situation in eastern DRC remains precarious with humanitarian aid still not reaching many people. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is not yet under control. The outbreak has spread in the Southern African countries. WHO and partners continue to support efforts aimed at information sharing from affected border districts, strengthening surveillance, as well as for resource mobilization.
- Angola: The cholera outbreak is still of high concern. On week 50, a total of 131 new cases and 1 death were reported.
LUSAKA, Dec 17 (Reuters) - More floods will hit parts of Zambia, where some people are already surviving on wild fruits after excessive rains caused crop failure earlier this year, Vice President George Kunda said.
Kunda said a weather forecast had shown that 34 of the southern African country's 73 districts would again be hit by floods, reducing the country's white maize output to 1.2 million tonnes in the 2007/08 season from 1.3 million tonnes the previous season.
"We have developed a contingency plan targeting 31 districts in the event of occurrence of the …
1.1 The Public Service Agreement (PSA) framework has changed for the period 2008-11. Thirty PSAs now reflect a collective set of the UK government's priorities.
1.2 The Department for International Development (DFID) is the lead department on PSA 29: Reduce poverty in poorer countries through quicker progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Pretoria/Brussels, 16 December 2008: A possible route to end Zimbabwe's nightmare is to quickly establish a non-partisan transitional administration to prepare for new presidential elections in eighteen months and address the disastrous humanitarian and economic conditions now facing the country.
Ending Zimbabwe's Nightmare: A Possible Way Forward, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, argues that the inter-party negotiations to implement a power-sharing government under the Global Political …
Africa Briefing N°56 - 16 December 2008
The inter-party negotiations that have sought to end Zimbabwe's political, economic and now full-blown humanitarian crisis following the fraudulent June 2008 presidential election run-off are hopelessly deadlocked.
The situation in DRC is still unstable with humanitarian aid not reaching many people. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is still out of control. The outbreak is spreading in the Southern African countries. WHO and partners continue to support efforts aimed at information sharing from affected border districts, strengthening surveillance, as well as for resource mobilization.
- Angola: The cholera outbreak is of high concern as the possibility of spreading to all the Country is becoming real.
La situation en RDC est toujours instable avec une aide humanitaire qui ne parvient pas à atteindre plusieurs personnes. L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe n'est toujours pas sous contrôle. Elle se propage dans les pays d'Afrique australe.
Lusaka: Zambia President Rupiah Banda said demonstrations are not an answer to the high prices of food the country is facing, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Saturday. Banda said demonstrations could only plunge the country into chaos and disturb the peace the country has been enjoying for the past years. Dialogues with all key stakeholders, including the opposition, could provide an answer to the high prices of food.
"I want to urge the people of Zambia to shun the planned demonstration because such actions are a threat to the peace the country has been enjoying.
LUSAKA, Dec 10, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- The Zambian government has described the hunger situation in Gwembe district, in Southern Province, as desperate and needed urgent attention, Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) reported on Wednesday.
And some people in Gwembe are surviving on wild tubers and seeds that are believed to be poisonous if not properly prepared, ZANIS said.
Acting District Commissioner (DC) Mathias Fundi disclosed that his office had made a formal request for food relief through the Southern Province Disaster Management Unit, according to …
Grands Lacs : Mettre en musique les beaux sermons de la Grand-messe
En décembre 2006, le 2ième sommet de la Conférence Internationale sur la Région des Grands Lacs (CIRGL) s'est tenu à Nairobi, avec 11 pays (Angola, Kenya, Ouganda, RCA, Congo, Tanzanie, Soudan, Zambie, Burundi, Rwanda et RDC). La conférence s'est achevée avec la signature d'un « Pacte de sécurité, de stabilité et de développement dans la région des Grands Lacs » comprenant la création d'un « Fonds spécial pour la reconstruction et le développement » et d'un secrétariat basé à Bujumbura.