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26 Aug 2010 description

26 Aug 2010 00:01:05 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Drought tolerant maize boosts yields up to 25 percent

* Gains from full adoption: $907 million - $1.53 billion

* Africa suffers worsening drought linked to climate change

By Tim Cocks

ABIDJAN, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Distributing new varieties of drought tolerant maize to African farmers could save more than $1.5 billion dollars, boost yields by up to a quarter and lift some of the world's poorest out of poverty, a study found.

The study published on Thursday by the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre …

30 Jul 2010 description
report UN News Service

30 July 2010 - United Nations officials have expressed their delight at Sunday's entry into force of the international convention banning the manufacture, use and stockpiling of cluster munitions, calling it a "major advance for the global disarmament and humanitarian agendas."

Billions of these weapons - which are considered particularly dangerous, despite their lack of precision - are believed to exist around the world and many have been used in recent conflicts, killing or maiming countless civilians.

Thirty ratifications were needed to make the pact, which prohibits …

15 Sep 2009 description

Executive Board concludes two-day meeting in Rome

Rome, 15 September - Poor farmers seeking to better their lives against the backdrop of climate change received a boost this week.

09 Sep 2009 description

Regional meeting on landmines opens today in Pretoria

Pretoria, 9 September 2009 -- African Union members must step up their efforts towards ridding the continent of landmines and fully respecting the rights of landmine survivors, said the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, today at the opening of a regional meeting on the issue.

23 Jan 2009 description

JOHANNESBURG - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) bought a record 552,000 metric tons of food in southern Africa in 2008 - the equivalent of providing nearly 2.75 million hungry people with a full food basket for an entire year.

"These record purchases played a huge part in ensuring that WFP was able to provide timely and sufficient food assistance to millions of hungry people across Africa," said Mustapha Darboe, WFP Regional Director for Southern, Eastern and Central Africa.

The food agency announced today that it spent US$190 million last year buying cereals, …

31 Dec 2008 description

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.

03 Dec 2008 description


NEW YORK, 3 December (UN Mine Action Service) - An international treaty that prohibits the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions is opening for signature in Oslo, Norway today.

The new Convention on Cluster Munitions - or CCM - "marks a major step forward in global efforts to protect civilians and control the noxious spread of deadly, inhumane weapons", wrote the Secretary-General in a message to the Oslo signing event. "The horrific humanitarian impact of cluster munitions is well known," he added.

01 Apr 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected 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.

09 Jan 2007 description

by Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei

Science and technology are driving forces for human progress, and play key roles in development. When development needs remain unaddressed, the resulting misery often leads to conflicts and violence, which in turn further affect development efforts and impact on regional and global stability.

But even with globalization, many developing countries still receive scant benefit from recent advances in science and technology. This is because investment in science and technology normally follows the marketplace.

02 Jun 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) Position:

26 May 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four Month Lead: Sept - Nov 2005 Forecasts:

Northern Horn of Africa:

Climatology is expected, except locally over portions of northwestern Ethiopia, where there is a slight tilt in the odds favoring above average rainfall.

East Africa:

04 May 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) Position:

We have re-initiated posting the position of the ITCZ along with a comparison with its normal position (www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/ITCZ/itcz.html).

07 Apr 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:
Locust Update

The report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on the locust situation in western Africa was last updated on March 16 (http://www.fao.org/NEWS/GLOBAL/locusts/Locuhome.htm). While some swarms continue in the region, looking toward this spring, the FAO expects that Northwest Africa will be invaded this spring due to failed winter rains and breeding in Mauritania.

Weather Hazards Assessment Graphic:

31 Mar 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update and Review of Tropical Cyclone Situation:

As we examine the sea surface temperature conditions as well as the upper atmosphere winds over the South Indian Ocean, we see that we have entered a period favorable for cyclone development. The situation will continue to be monitored for possible impacts on the African continent at: www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/CYCLONES/cyclones.html

28 Oct 2004 description

Weekly Introduction:

February-April 2005 CCA Outlooks at 4 Months Lead

Southern Africa

The outlook for Feb-Apr 2005 southern Africa rainfall at four months lead show a tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall across central South Africa, most of Namibia, the western half of Botswana, portions of southern Angola and, locally, over southwestern Zambia. There is a tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall locally over northern Mozambique. Climatology is expected elsewhere.

Gulf of Guinea

08 Oct 2004 description




On 26 September, a group of 366 Congolese refugees in Burundi crossed into Uvira, in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

30 Sep 2004 description

Weekly Introduction:

CCA Outlook for January-March at Four Months Lead

Southern Africa