- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Zambia: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2016
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Zambia: Floods - Jan 2013
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
- Southern Africa: Floods - Mar 2010
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2008
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2007
Written by Kristin Myers
Despite global hunger levels falling, one in nine worldwide still face hunger. Here are the ‘ten hungriest’ countries according to the 2017 Global Hunger Index.
This publication is a synthesis of lessons from more than a decade of Concern Worldwide’s disaster risk reduction (DRR) programming in the area of community resilience. Based on research in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Haiti, Mozambique, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Niger, and Ethiopia, this publication describe Concern’s approach to DRR and community resilience and offers lessons and guidance on how to use DRR to build resilience.
The publication presents lessons learned in the following themes:
By Breda Gahan
HIV and AIDS theory and practice in developing countries is sometimes dominated by the power of Western ideas, worldviews, actors, tools, models, and frameworks. Consequently, the resulting interventions may too rarely be locally rooted, locally driven, or resonant with local context.
Message from the Chairperson
As Chairperson I have the great privilege of working with extraordinarily dedicated Council members and staff throughout the organisation. The commitment to working with the poorest people in the developing world and fulfilling our mission is very evident throughout the organisation.
Grant is part of Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed
The latest IMF World Economic Outlook highlights a surge in economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. While such a trend is welcome, it should not be a cause for complacency, argues Connell Foley, Director of Strategy with Concern Worldwide
Given the generally negative perceptions of Africa amongst the general public, it is heartening to read the latest IMF World Economic Outlook report suggesting that growth south of the Sahara will hit 6.1% next year.
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year. It is a day in which women, men, girls and boys come together to celebrate, show solidarity for and recognise the dreams, aspirations and empowerment of women. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to commemorate the bravery of women in confronting injustice.
by Kieran McConville, Video Producer and Communications Specialist
The rainy season begins in October, but February is nearly always the month when floods arrive in earnest in the Western Province of Zambia, with rains continuing until late May. Floods are an annual event in this part of the world, a part of the cycle of life and cultural tradition here for centuries. Though they are expected, as we’ve seen recently in neighboring Mozambique, how they can have devastating consequences on the lives and livelihoods of the poorest people.
Posted by Bernadette Murphy
Concern Worldwide works with farmers all over the world to help ensure they can grow enough food to feed their families and earn a living. We often train people in new farming techniques. This has led to great successes – here’s an example of this from our work in Zambia.
In Zambia, 45% children under five years old – almost one million -- are stunted. ‘Stunting’ is a technical term used by nutrition and public health specialists that refers to low height for age – a key indicator of child health. This is a result of chronic malnutrition, which is usually caused by the lack of good-quality foodand poor access to health care particularly in the 1,000-day window between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday
Evidence shows that almost one billion people globally suffer from food insecurity, and that around 171 million children under five years old suffer from stunted growth due to undernutrition. As the G8’s previous commitment to food security and nutrition expires this year, Concern Worldwide strongly believes that now is the time to take preventative and long-lasting action that can help to make undernutrition history.
Rose Kawanambulu, 61, looks after five orphans on her own. Like so many in rural Zambia, she relies on her crops to provide for her family and to pay fortuition to send one of her children to a nearby teaching college. Recently, Rose planted maize near her village only for it to be flooded by heavy rains, devastating their source of both food and income.
Concern Worldwide is training farmers in Zambia to use conservation agriculture. To do this, we faced a familiar problem: how to deliver supplies to difficult-to-reach areas? Answer: by using mobile phones.
Training people in new farming techniques is a crucial part of our work in Zambia. This is because breaking poverty cycles is more important than putting meals on the table, even for poor families.
Our charity work
€3.7m five-year RAIN project focuses on sustainable prevention of “unacceptably high undernutrition stunting and mortality rates in children under two”
Concern Worldwide and Kerry Group today announced a pioneering initiative aimed at the improving undernutrition and mortality rates in children under two years of age in the developing world.
The partnership and funding commitment was formally announced at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin at midday by Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney, Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy and Concern CEO Tom Arnold.
Foreword from the Chief Executive Officer
Posted by Bernadette Murphy
Concern Worldwide has been implementing a new method of farming in Malawi and Zambia for the past year: conservation agriculture. It is thought to be an important step in the fight against hunger. Harvest time is upon us and we will soon see the results of this new method.
The month of May is harvest time in southern African countries like Malawi and Zambia. The maize crop, which is probably better known in Ireland as corn, is crucial for the survival or farmers as it is their staple food.
New farming techniques
Concern Worldwide launched its Unheard Voices campaign in late 2007 with the aim of urging national governments and donors such as the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) to address the needs of marginal farmers - those whom we define as 'farming yet hungry' - within their agriculture policies.
The recent global food crisis of 2007-2008 has helped push agriculture to the top of the world's policy agenda, forcing governments and international bodies to rethink the ways in which the world produces and distributes food.
Communities in Bangladesh, Kenya and Zambia are witnessing dramatic signs of climate change in their everyday lives. Concern is responding to the effects of climate change through disaster risk reduction initiatives that reduce the impact of hazards on the world's poorest communities and make them less vulnerable to future disasters.
The impact of floods, droughts and other natural disasters is likely to be most acute in the world's poorest, least developed countries, including many of those in which Concern works.
For some people, climate change appears to be a distant threat. But for local communities in Bangladesh, Kenya and Zambia climate change is an everyday reality. Concern is helping these people by clearing irrigation and flood canals, building wells and establishing plans and responses for future disasters.
For millions of people around the globe the threat of climate change is now a fact of everyday life. Many of these people live in poor, under-developed countries, and many are people that Concern is working with.
The Western Province of Zambia is divided by the Zambezi flood plain, known locally as the Barotse Plains. Every year the plains flood to some extent, but in late February 2007 the Zambezi exceeded the highest water levels ever recorded.