Ghana: Floods - Sept 2007
Most read reports
- OCHA: Mid-Year Review of the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP): Humanitarian Appeal 2008. 16 Jul 2008
- MapAction: Ghana Flood Relief: Northern Ghana (as of 21 Sep 2007). 21 Sep 2007
- TNH: Ghana: Food shortages follow drought, floods. 25 Oct 2007
- WFP: WFP's Operational Priorities - Jul 2008. 31 Jul 2008
- IFRC: International Federation launches emergency appeal for floods preparedness in West and Central Africa. 11 Jul 2008
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
Why a Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis in Ghana?
There is a wealth of information available in Ghana. Numerous nationwide surveys are conducted on a regular basis, such as the Ghana Living Standard Survey (GLSS), the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) and the Demographic Health Survey (DHS).
Poor farmers in Ghana harvest too little to feed their families, let alone to build lasting food security. A collaboration between WFP and Care International means they can plant more seeds and still have enough food for their families while they wait for the harvest.
Like most inhabitants of Bogni, a small farming village in northern Ghana, Mahamadu Zuuru has been a peasant farmer all his life. He grows a mix of crops: maize, sorghum, field peas and groundnuts, among others.
Period covered by this Ops Update: 11 July-14 August 2008;
Appeal target (current): CHF 750,000 (USD 731,134 or EUR 462,475);
Appeal coverage: donor support is currently being recorded, and will be made available in the next update
- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 11 July 2008 for CHF 750,000 for 2
months to assist 47,500 beneficiaries.
- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 483,047 was allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the national society to respond.
A preliminary Emergency …
Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations
Analysis of the 2008 Programme of Work
As of July 2008, WFP requires 5 million metric tonnes for the current year to meet the needs of over 83 million beneficiaries among the world's neediest people in more than 80 countries.
- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.8 percent to a record 2 180 million tonnes. Most of the increase is in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in all regions. Coarse grains output is expected around the bumper level of last year but lower than earlier anticipated due to severe floods in the United States, the world's largest producer and exporter. Rice is tentatively forecast to increase slightly from last year's good level.
- Despite the anticipated increase in world output, cereal markets will remain tight in 2008/09.
Summary of crises with major changes since beginning of 2008
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
At a regional level, humanitarian partners have for 2008 agreed to focus on five priority areas for humanitarian interventions in West Africa:
- Food Security and Nutrition;
- Rapid Response to Health Emergencies;
- Protection and Population Movements;
- Natural Disaster Preparedness;
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is very concerned about data which suggests severe flooding may occur in West and Central Africa for the second year running.
La Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge est extrêmement inquiète d'informations faisant état d'un risque de graves inondations en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre pour la deuxième année consécutive.
Afin de diminuer l'impact des précipitations anormalement importantes qui sont annoncées pour la région par les organismes de prédiction météorologique qui travaillent en partenariat avec la Fédération internationale, des mesures immédiates ont été décidées afin d'éviter l'étendue des dégâts et la misère qui ont frappé la …
By Lane Hartill
The food crisis for West Africans could deepen in the coming months as reserve food stocks run out and prices climb, say experts from Catholic Relief Services.
"In the next three to four months, if measures aren't effective to take care of the price rise, people aren't going to take it anymore," says Joseph Sedgo, CRS' regional technical advisor for agriculture.
The prices of basic food commodities have increased rapidly over the past three years. In only the first quarter of 2008, wheat and maize prices increased by 130 percent and 30 percent respectively over 2007 figures. Rice prices, while rising moderately in 2006 and more so in 2007, rose 10 percent in February 2008 and a further 10 percent in March 2008. The threat to food security in developing countries increases in stride. Coordinated action by the international community, and by the United Nations in particular, is essential.
Life is now back to normal in the village of Daboya in northern Ghana. The Volta River crossing, which links the village to the rest of the country, can now be negotiated without difficulty. The pirogues ferry people continuously from one side of the river to the other, while the fishermen venture further afield in search of fish.
Daboya was affected last year by severe flooding, coupled with the swelling of the Volta River, which washed out crops and destroyed hundreds of houses, leaving thousands homeless. Some houses still bear the signs of the devastating event.
Dakar, 18 avril 2008 : Le Bureau Régional des Nations Unies pour la Coordination des Affaires Humanitaires (OCHA) et le Gouvernement du Sénégal (Direction de la Protection Civile du Ministère de l'Intérieur), ont organisé du 17 au 18 avril 2008 à Dakar (Hôtel Novotel), un atelier régional de concertation sur la préparation aux risques d'inondation liés à la saison des pluies 2008 en Afrique de l'ouest.
En Afrique, la violence des catastrophes naturelles est aggravée par la faiblesse des moyens alloués aux systèmes d'alerte précoce, aux moyens de secours et la fragilité …
What's a little bit of water, right?
But when a little rain, which is often initially welcomed, comes day after day and week after week - the water does become a problem. It drowns and rots the crops, kills livestock, causes rivers to overflow, causes landslides (that then destroy homes and communities), and increases the risk of diseases like malaria, dysentery and dengue fever.
In the last year, tens of millions of children and families have been directly affected by flooding - hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes.
This report covers the period of 01 January 2006 to 31 December 2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.
In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.
During the period 2006-2007, the Federation worked with the National Societies in the …
This report covers the period of 01/01/06 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.
- 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.
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