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08 Mar 2017 description

It is time we stop a hazard from becoming a disaster. Local communities have the knowledge and resilience.

16 Jun 2011 description
report Times of India

Swati MathurSwati Mathur, TNN

BANDA: When Sushil Kumar heard that the government was about to offer drought-hit farmers compensation in the form of monetary relief, his hopes rose. Production may have been poor, but all was not lost. With the compensation amount he would get, Kumar thought he would buy better seeds to sow for the next cropping season. And if there was still any extra left, he may even consider buying a thresher.

29 Nov 2010 description
report ACTED

Distribution of fish fingerlings in Cyclone Aila-affected regions of West Bengal

ACTED has been working on a disaster recovery and preparedness programme in Cyclone Aila-affected regions of the Sunderbans in West Bengal, India, since February 2010.

Although most of the beneficiaries of this region- the largest delta in the world and covering parts of India and Bangladesh - are poor, they have access to fresh water ponds and so fishing is a huge source of food and income for them.

16 Nov 2010 description

Dhaka, Bangladesh - Bangladesh's vulnerability to climate change was a key focus of the three day visit of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.

During the visit, the Administrator met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other senior ministers in her cabinet, the speaker of Parliament, and the leader of the opposition.

"On the MDGs, Bangladesh has much to be proud of," said Helen Clark.

15 Nov 2010 description

LONDON, 15 November 2010 (IRIN) - Academics may call it "self-supply of ground water"; those who benefit from it are more likely to refer to "having their own well". Either way, it is a crucial part of the water supply to cities in the developing world, and one which is almost entirely absent from official statistics.

Now a new study from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) urges that much more …

12 Nov 2010 description

HANOI, 12 November 2010 (IRIN) - Millions more people across Asia will become food insecure due to increased water scarcities, reinforcing the need for greater efficiency in both irrigated and rain-fed rice production.

"The food security of hundreds of millions of people will be adversely affected," Robert Zeigler, director-general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) told IRIN on the sidelines of the 3rd International Rice Congress in Hanoi.

The five-day conference - which concluded on 12 November - brought together more than 1,200 farmers, scientists …

11 Nov 2010 description
report Maplecroft

Middle East and North Africa most at risk

Huge areas of land mass within Australia, India, China and USA are highlighted as suffering extreme pressure on their renewable water supplies by a new index and map that evaluate water stress down to 50km=B2 worldwide.

The Water Stress Index is developed by global risks advisory firm Maplecroft to identify the risks to governments, populations and business.

01 Nov 2010 description

Executive summary

The country remains extremely vulnerable to both seismic and hydro-meteorological hazards such as floods, cyclones, droughts and landslides. The vulnerability to disasters is aggravated by social, cultural, economic, institutional and political factors. Deforestation is adding to the environmental instability and contributing to global warming and climate change. There is evidence that climate change is increasing the severity and frequency of natural disasters such as floods and cyclones, and causing new and increased health problems.

20 Sep 2010 description

DHAKA, 20 September 2010 (IRIN) - Ongoing wrangling over vital waterways that pass through China and India - the two most populous countries in the world - could lead to agricultural devastation further downstream in Bangladesh, experts warn.

The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers - together one of the largest freshwater flows in the world - pass through Bangladesh on their way to the ocean, but the rivers' catchments are outside the country, leaving the impoverished nation to rely on neighbours to allow water through.

However, with neighbours under pressure from population …

16 Sep 2010 description

BANGKOK (UN/ESCAP Information Services)-- The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), today launched in to service a Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning in Nanjing, China.

The Mechanism provides satellite products for general drought monitoring and higher resolution products for identified high drought risk areas, and assists its members in developing localized products and services for relevant decision making.

06 Sep 2010 description

NAOGAON, 6 September 2010 (IRIN) - Like many farmers in Bangladesh, Abdul Aziz from Naogaon District in northwestern Bangladesh has had to adapt his plantings to increasingly erratic weather: "Twenty years ago we had a rainy season at this time. Now we don't even know when the seasons come.

02 Sep 2010 description


- The current main season Kharif crops are growing under normal conditions and a recovery over the drought-affected 2009 is expected.

- Prices of the staple food grains, rice and wheat, are stabilizing at high levels.

- High food and other primary products prices are a cause for concern as food security of low income population is affected negatively.

01 Sep 2010 description


- Good harvest of 2010 paddy and wheat crops estimated

- Food prices have been rising since late-2009 after having returned to pre-food crisis levels

- Localized food insecurity persist

31 Aug 2010 description

FAO lowers 2010 wheat harvest estimate but supplies adequate

Unfavourable weather conditions,particularly the severe drought in the Russian Federation have led FAO to revise downward its earlier projection for the global wheat crop this year from 676=01million to 651 million tonnes.However, this does not point to a repeat of the 2008 food price crisis as ample stocks are available with traditional wheat exporters, FAO added in a statement.

31 Jul 2010 description

Mekong region drought to affect 2010 Asian paddy harvest

Drought conditions in the greater Mekong region at the start of the planting season are expected to affect Asia's 2010 paddy harvest according to the latest FAO assessment which lowered earlier projections for the region by 6.1 million tonnes. Reductions are expected in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand as well as in the Philippines and China.

14 Jul 2010 description



A small but rapidly expanding field is the one of 'environmental security'. According to this thesis a scarcity of natural resources can lead to conflicts and violence. Particularly in developing countries which face a shortage of resources, or are unable to tap their natural resources to the best of their abilities due to lack of funds or relevant technology, this scarcity can have security implications and these security implications can lead to regional instability and security issues.

08 Jul 2010 description

Sonali Huria

Research Officer, IPCS

e-mail: sonali@ipcs.org

Bangladesh, Cambodia and the Maldives recently signed an agreement with the European Union (EU), which is aimed at assisting developing countries, particularly Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Asia to battle the onslaught of climate change. As per the agreement, the EU will provide 13.5 million Euros to the three countries, of which the biggest chunk, 8.5 million, will be granted to Bangladesh with the remaining amount being distributed among the other two.

23 Jun 2010 description
report World Bank

  * Le Bangladesh, Haïti, le Rwanda, la Sierra Leone et le Togo sont les cinq premiers bénéficiaires du Programme mondial pour l'agriculture et la sécurité alimentaire (GAFSP).

* Le GAFSP a été mis en place par le Groupe de la Banque mondiale afin d'encadrer les promesses de dons faites par le G20 en septembre 2009.

* Les membres fondateurs du GAFSP sont le Canada, la Corée du Sud, l'Espagne, les États-Unis et la Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates.

Le 23 juin 2010 - Le Rwanda est un pays enclavé dont la densité de population est l'une des plus élevées du …

23 Jun 2010 description
report World Bank

  * Bangladesh, Haiti, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Togo receive first round of funds from multi-donor Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).

  * GAFSP created in response to call by G-20 leaders for the World Bank Group to work with interested donors.

  * Founding donors include Canada, South Korea, Spain, the United States and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

June 23, 2010-In Rwanda, one of the world's most densely populated landlocked countries, farmers face an uphill battle - literally - to get the best they can from the soil.

Land in …