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13 Sep 2017 description

VIENTIANE – Today, the Lao PDR Ministry of Health, jointly with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), launched the country’s first Fill the Nutrient Gap report. The report confirmed that despite significant progress, Lao PDR has some of the highest rates of malnutrition in South East Asia, with more than one third of children under five (35.6 percent) suffering from stunting or chronic malnutrition.

05 Sep 2017 description
report Jakarta Post

By Ganug Nugroho Adi

Residents of 13 villages in Kemalang district, Klaten, Central Java, are being forced to buy clean water, as the dry season has caused wells and rivers in the area to dry out.

The villages, which are remote and geographically difficult to access, have seen the price of water skyrocket up to Rp 300,000 (US$ 22.49) for each 5,000-liter tank. Clean water usually costs from Rp 100,000 to Rp 150,000 per tank.

30 Aug 2017 description

In 2016, the central and southern regions Vietnam experienced their worst drought and salt intrusion in 90 years, 18 provinces declared a state of emergency at the same time. One million people were left in dire need of food assistance as a result, and close to two million saw their livelihoods lost or badly affected. The area known as the Central Highlands - one of the poorest areas in Vietnam - was amongst the most affected regions.

25 Aug 2017 description

To address the impacts of drought, salinity intrusion, and flooding in rice production in the Mekong River Delta, a participatory climate-related risk mapping was conducted to develop adaptive measures.

17 Aug 2017 description

EDITOR’S NOTE

Greetings fellow ASEANers!

The ”One ASEAN, One Response” vision, which has been shared amongst the ASEAN Community since 2015, is a comprehensive effort coordinated by the AHA Centre to help ASEAN Member States (AMS) respond to disasters as one and to establish mechanisms that reduce disaster-related losses.

17 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • From January 2015 to June 2017, a total of 39,375 children under the age of five years and 54,555 pregnant and nursing mothers were treated for malnutrition.

  • From January 2015 to June 2017, 327.3 mt of locally-produced Timor Vita, a specialized nutritious food for women, and 109.5 mt of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food was distributed to 125 health facilities in six municipalities.

04 Aug 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable rains boost prospects for 2017 main season crops

  • Rice exports in 2017 forecast to remain close to 2016 levels

  • Rice prices mostly stable in recent months

Favourable prospects for 2017 main season crops

04 Aug 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the second quarter of 2017 (April to June). The maps on pages 6–7 provide impact analysis dis-aggregated to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

01 Aug 2017 description

Food Security Snapshot

  • Cereal production in 2017 forecast to increase from last year’s reduced level but remain below average
  • Cereal import requirements in 2017/18 forecast to decrease from last year’s high level
  • Acute food insecurity persists in some pocket areas

Cereal production in 2017 to increase from last year’s reduced level but remain below average

18 Jul 2017 description

New Indonesia report highlights critical role of ending child poverty and violence to achieving sustainable development

NEW YORK/JAKARTA, 18 July 2017 –The Government of Indonesia and UNICEF today launched a new report showcasing the progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals that the country has made for children, acknowledging challenges and highlighting the crucial role of preventing violence against children in reducing poverty.

11 Jul 2017 description

Key Figures

  • 15.8 million population (2016) 51.2% Female 48.8% Male

  • 17.7% poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of population 2012)

  • US$1,270 lower middle-income GDP per capita (2016)

Overview

Localized floods and droughts are annual events, and with 70 per cent of the population living in rural areas and dependent on subsistence agriculture, these natural disasters can have a devastating impact.

11 Jul 2017 description

Key Figures

  • 69 million population (2016) 50.7% Female 49.3% Male

  • 10.5% poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of population 2014)

  • US$5,908 Upper middle-income GDP per capita (2016)

Overview

08 Jul 2017 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2017 – Lao PDR is taking steps to lessen the impact of natural disasters and will continue to improve the country’s national water resources management systems, in partnership with the World Bank. The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved financing support of $30 million for the Lao PDR Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Project and $25 million of additional funding for the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management (MIWRM) Project.

30 Jun 2017 description

Agriculture sector decision makers identify best practices for boosting resilience through peer-to-peer exchange in Philippines

June 2017, Cebu, Philippines – Understanding the weather and climate – when storms will break, how much rain will fall, and when the rainy season will start and end – are one of the most valuable tools a smallholder farmer can possess. But what happens when the climate changes and age-old traditions are put on their end?

30 Jun 2017 description

29 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR - Today, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kingdom of Morocco. As part of South – South cooperation, Morocco is the first Arabic and African partner of the MRC.

The partnership translates the vision of the King of Morocco towards diversifying the cooperation at all levels to achieve a sustainable, active and solidarity-based development.

27 Jun 2017 description

By KIMBERLEY PHILLIPS / DVB, 26 June 2017

CHAUK TOWNSHIP, Magwe Division — The mercury’s steady ascent and increasingly erratic rainfall have not convinced every farmer in Burma’s Dry Zone that the climate is changing, but they’re unanimous about one thing: A life working the land is more difficult now than it was a generation ago.

22 Jun 2017 description

17 GOALS TO TRANSFORM OUR WORLD

As the spectre of famine currently looms in multiple countries, climate change is exacerbating many of the existing environmental pressures. The ways we produce and consume food will need to adapt to keep pace.

In September 2015, 193 UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Universal, inclusive, and indivisible, the Agenda calls for action by all countries to improve the lives of people globally. These 17 goals are designed to transform our world.

21 Jun 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2017 forecast close to last year’s high level

  • Cereal imports in 2017/18 marketing year (July/June) forecast to expand to record level

  • Prices of rice generally stable in recent months

  • Large number of people affected by typhoons and El Niño in 2016

Cereal production in 2017 forecast close to last year’s high level