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30 Jun 2007 description

Executive Summary

1. Introduction

President Bush signed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (the Act) on December 1, 2005. The Act sets out as a central goal the provision of affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries as a key component of U.S. foreign assistance programs. It requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S.

30 Jun 2007 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Zimbabwe: The country's agricultural production is estimated at 500,000 tonnes, representing a 44 percent drop from last year, according to preliminary CFSAM results. More than two million people are expected to face food shortages from July, peaking to more than four million during the hunger season in the first quarter of 2008. The Government is importing maize from Malawi and Zambia.

30 Jun 2007 description

FOCUS

Food import bills reach a record high partly on soaring demand for biofuels Based on FAO's latest analysis, global expenditures on imported foodstuffs look set to surpass US$400 billion in 2007, almost 5 percent above the record the previous year. The bulk of the increase can be levelled against rising prices of imported coarse grains and vegetable oils, the commodity groups which feature most heavily in biofuel production. Import bills for these commodities are forecast to rise by as much as 13 percent from 2006.

29 Jun 2007 description

IOM's efforts to provide repatriation assistance to Congolese refugees who wish to return from the Republic of Zambia to their homes in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been stepped up this week with the opening of a new land route.

On Thursday, a first IOM convoy transporting 345 refugees left Kala refugee camp in northern Zambia to travel some 300 kms to an IOM reception centre in the border town of Pweto, where they are provided with food rations and onward transportation to their final destinations.

28 Jun 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

Goal is to Protect More than 2 Million Children

LUSAKA, Zambia, 28 June 2007 (UNICEF) - As the nation prepares for the National Integrated Measles Campaign - which will be held from the 9th to 14th of July - social mobilization efforts to encourage every Zambian family and caregiver to bring children under the age of five for lifesaving vaccinations is well underway.

Nationwide, more than 8,997 vaccinators and volunteers will participate in the campaign at 1,351 fixed immunization posts.

27 Jun 2007 description

This report covers the period from 5/28/2007 to 6/27/2007

Zambia has produced a maize surplus for the second consecutive year, despite adverse rainfall in localized areas in the middle of the growing season. The amount produced will be sufficient to meet domestic requirements as well as any arising food aid needs during the 2007/08 marketing season.

25 Jun 2007 description

Appeal #641-R

Appeal amount: $100,000

SITUATION: Even though the Democratic Republic of Congo has held its first open elections in 40 years, violence by militias and foreign troops near DRC's borders threatens millions of refugees who have endured decades of conflict.

22 Jun 2007 description
report IRIN

GENEVA/JOHANNESBURG, 22 June 2007 (IRIN) - A blender in Malawi and a jar of Nutella started a revolution in saving the lives of starving children.

Frustrated by years of developing recipes that did not work, including fortified doughnuts and pancakes, paediatric nutritionist André Briend was inspired by a jar of the chocolate spread, Nutella.

22 Jun 2007 description

By Peter Apps

LONDON, June 22 (Reuters) - Most of Africa has seen better rains and better harvests than in recent years, aid workers say, but they fear a looming crisis in Somalia while drought and HIV are slashing crop output in parts of southern Africa.

Last year saw a serious drought in East Africa, while 2005 saw a food crisis in Niger that grabbed worldwide headlines. Experts say 2007 looks easier but four countries -- Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho and Somalia -- are cause for concern.

At the same time, aid agencies are trying to address underlying chronic long-term …

06 Jun 2007 description


At the midway point between their adoption in 2000 and the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, sub-Saharan Africa is not on track to achieve any of the Goals. Although there have been major gains in several areas and the Goals remain achievable in most African nations, even the best governed countries on the continent have not been able to make sufficient progress in reducing extreme poverty in its many forms.

POVERTY & HUNGER

05 Jun 2007 description

(New York: 5 June 2005): More than 4 million people in southern Africa are facing serious food shortages, according to a UN report.

The report, issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), estimates that by September, about 2.1 million people in Zimbabwe will struggle to meet their basic food needs due to crop failure and the country's economic crisis, and that by the height of the hunger season in early 2008 more than …