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04 Dec 2015 description
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Contents

  • Smallholders’ marketing choices in Rwanda and Burkina Faso pgs. 1-3
  • Rome-Based Agency Collaboration in Zambia pgs. 3-4
  • South Sudanese Farmers Progress Despite Conflict pg. 5
  • Innovative Initiatives To Achieve Zero Hunger pgs. 6-7
  • News, updates and contacts pg. 8
03 Dec 2015 description

Highlights

FAO’s latest forecasts for global supply and demand of cereals continue to point to a generally comfortable 2015/16 marketing season, with world inventories by the close of seasons in 2016 expected to fall only slightly below their record opening levels.

02 Dec 2015 description
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Conflict continues to be one of the principal drivers of food insecurity in the region. More than 4.8 million people have been displaced by the conflicts Yemen, South Sudan, and Burundi, while others who remain in areas directly impacted by conflict have limited access to their livelihoods and humanitarian assistance. In eastern Ethiopia, El Niño-related dryness has led to a severe drought in many areas, which is expected to contribute to a large-scale food security Emergency in 2016.

02 Dec 2015 description
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The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing usersto compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

01 Dec 2015 description
report Christian Aid

Christian Aid is deeply concerned at the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Western Equatoria, South Sudan, in which one of its long-term partners, Mundri Relief & Development Association (MRDA) has been attacked.

The agency’s training centre and guesthouse in Mundri County were looted last week with virtually everything removed, including beds, solar panels and records.

Staff members fled into hiding in the bush and although all have now been accounted for, it’s not known when it will be safe enough to reopen the centre.

30 Nov 2015 description

The monthly influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) into the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, showed an increasing trend over the last three weeks. The increase is related to food shortages and sporadic clashes between Government and opposition forces that led to the withdrawal of humanitarian partners from different areas of the state.

29 Nov 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

• In efforts to combat malnutrition in the country, the Government of Sudan joins the Scaling up Nutrition movement.

• In East Darfur, 13,200 displaced people return to Labado village.

• In Central Darfur, 24,000 Sudanese nationals return to Um Dukhun locality from Chad.

• In Darfur, 469 suspected cases of viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF)—including 120 deaths—have been reported in 27 localities.

• Over 198,314 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan since midDecember 2013.

25 Nov 2015 description

Update on Achievements

Operational Context

  • IGAD summit postponed: the regional peace summit of East African heads of state and Governments originally intended for early November and postponed until 23 November has been further put on hold, due to competing priorities in the concerned states, including the visit of the Pope to the region.

20 Nov 2015 description

UK will help South Sudan avoid a famine as conflict, droughts and poor harvests have created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

The UK will provide new support to help South Sudan avoid a famine as conflict, droughts and poor harvests have created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, International Development Minister Grant Shapps has announced.

20 Nov 2015 description

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) continued to arrive at the UN Mission in South Sudan’s protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State at the same pace as the week before though marked variation was noted in their places of origin.

While the key push factor continued to be food insecurity, the recent fighting in the southern part of Rubkona County also contributed to the change in trend.

17 Nov 2015 description
report ACTED

In many parts of South Sudan, during the wet season, grass growth is rapid, creating extra feed for livestock herds. However this is not the case in the dry season and which usually leads to seasonal migration and long distant movements in search of grazing resources. These coping strategies are no longer a solution for Maban’s agro-pastoral community in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, due to environmental changes and protracted socioeconomic unrest in the country.

13 Nov 2015 description
report Miraya FM

Western Equatoria state is experiencing one of its worst crop harvests in recent history. The State Minister Agriculture, Joseph Natale Sabuni said the state is experiencing what he calls a ‘drastic drop’ in agricultural production this year.

“During the first planting season there was steady rainfall, but in June we had a relative dry spell. The situation became worse when we started having rampant insecurity. “

31 Oct 2015 description

MUTUAL REINFORCEMENT

In June and July (2015) Alies Rijper carried out a qualitative research in Lubero, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, to evaluate the effects of the mutual reinforcement approach adopted by the Dutch Consortium for Rehabilitation (DCR) and its local partners in the Pamoja-programme.

30 Oct 2015 description

Influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the UN Mission in South Sudan’s protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State continued albeit was marginally lower as compared to the previous week.

A total of 2,011 individuals arrived at the PoC between 24 to 30 October 2015, a slight drop from the 2,273 new IDPs that had come in the week before, taking the overall population of the PoC to 121,340 individuals or 31,871 Households.

30 Oct 2015 description

The monthly influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan’s Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, has been showing an increasing trend over the last three weeks even as reported sporadic clashes between the Government and the rebel forces resulted in food shortage and withdrawal of humanitarian partners from different areas of Unity State.

08 Oct 2015 description

MoS Sean Sherlock, Minister Charles Flanagan, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Ireland, 2015,

Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D, & Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Mr. Seán Sherlock, T.D., Announce Additional €3 million Humanitarian Assistance Funding for South Sudan, Nigeria and Burundi.