Timor-Leste: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2007
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- World Bank: World Bank launches new project to restore critical roads between Dili and Ainaro. 18 May 2011
- IFRC: East Timor: Floods. 23 Jul 2007
- IFRC: Timor Leste: Flooding and Landslides DREF Bulletin No MDRTP001. 26 Jul 2007
- FAO: Crop prospects and food situation - No. 1, Feb 2008. 19 Feb 2008
- IFRC: Timor Leste: Flooding and Landslides DREF operation No MDRTP002 Update No. 2. 27 Dec 2007
In Afghanistan inflation has reached 17%, mostly on the basis of food price rises. Wheat is the staple, and the country is a net importer. According to the USDA, Afghanistan's balance of payments will worsen dramatically as their food import bill becomes significantly more expensive. Pakistan, which banned wheat exports due to domestic price hikes and shortages last winter, is its principle supplier. The country has no strategic grin reserves, and has been advised not to create reserves as this will compete with consumers.
- Early prospects point to the possibility of a significant increase in world cereal production in 2008, mainly following expansion of winter grain plantings in Europe and the United States coupled with generally satisfactory weather conditions.
- International prices of most cereals remain high and some are still on the increase.
With tens of millions more people each year suffering from weather-related devastation, development planning must take disaster preparedness into account, Margareta Wahlström, United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator said at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.
"There is a greater occurrence of extreme events," Ms. Wahlström said as she briefed correspondents on the surge of flooding in South Asia and elsewhere.