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31 Mar 2010 description

(Extract)

What is DFID doing?

Building climate knowledge and capacity

DFID is supporting programmes to improve knowledge of the impacts of climate change at the local level in Africa.

We were instrumental in facilitating the design of Africa's Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev) programme. This programme, managed by the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank, aims to improve climate change analysis in Africa and identify how countries can become more resilient to its impacts.

27 Aug 2009 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 27 August 2009 (IRIN) - Following below-average harvests in 2007 and 2008, Kenya's grain farmers need seed and fertilizer support to enable them to make use of El Niño rains, expected between October and December 2009, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says.

"Given that most of the farmers, both in high potential and agriculturally marginal ecosystems, lost most of what they invested in the short rains of 2008 and long rains of 2009, there is an urgent need to support them with inputs such as seed and fertilizer, to enable them to utilize the anticipated …

27 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination

24 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

General Assembly
Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination

16 Jul 2009 description
  1. During the first quarter of fiscal 2009 (April to June), JICA (President Sadako Ogata) signed a total of 46 grant agreements.

    Key details of two of the major projects are provided below. A complete list of the first quarter grant agreements is provided in the appendix.

    2. The Philippine government has set poverty reduction as an important element in their mid-term development plan. As a key part of their policy on poverty reduction, they are implementing regional agricultural land reforms to improve the lives of small farm owners and tenant farmers.

01 Jun 2009 description
report EastAfrican

BY KEZIO-MUSOKE DAVID

East Africa's periodic drought costs the region between five and eight per cent of its gross domestic product, a recent conference in Kigali for African finance and environment ministers heard last week.

According to the conference, the more the droughts and floods become frequent, the more they have a direct long term fiscal liability on the East African Community, with a toll of more than two per cent GDP per annum.

07 May 2009 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 7 mai 2009 (IRIN) - L'inefficacité des systèmes de gestion des catastrophes, le manque de financements et le peu de données pertinentes pour pouvoir planifier des activités de réduction des risques ont eu des répercussions négatives dans les pays d'Afrique subsaharienne, selon les spécialistes.

« Malgré la croissance économique forte de certains pays, les catastrophes continuent de compromettre la capacité du continent à créer des richesses pour son peuple », a déclaré Margareta Wahlström, secrétaire générale adjointe des Nations Unies à la réduction des risques de …

06 May 2009 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 6 May 2009 (IRIN) - Ineffective disaster management systems, poor funding and lack of relevant data for planning risk-reduction activities have taken their toll on sub-Saharan African countries, specialists said.

"Despite high economic growth in some countries, disasters are continuing to affect the continent's ability to build wealth for its people," Margareta Wahlström, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), said.

"We often looked at disasters as events that happen, then we go back to normal life...

30 Apr 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008

In brief

Programme purpose:

During the year 2008 National Societies in the East Africa Sub-zone i.e. Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda Red Cross Societies were able to respond to numerous and diverse humanitarian challenges faced by millions of people in the region. This was possible through the international support realised through the 2008-2009 appeal. Disaster response and management programmes as well as response to health epidemics took prominence.

30 Apr 2009 description

The current food security situation remains worrisome for marginal agricultural, agropastoral, pastoral, and urban livelihoods. A succession of poor seasons since October 2007 culminated in the near-complete failure of the just-concluded yet critical short-rains season in these areas.

17 Mar 2009 description

Nairobi, 17 March, 2009 - Members of the humanitarian community with support from the Government of Kenya yesterday presented the 2009 revised Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan (EHRP) for assistance of those most in need in Kenya. Since the initial launch of the 2009 EHRP five months ago, the humanitarian situation in Kenya has deteriorated.

23 Jan 2009 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- A combination of poor rains and high prices has resulted in critical food insecurity.

- The Government has launched an appeal for Ksh. 37 billion to assist ten million persons considered food insecure

- Precarious insecurity in neighbouring Somalia pushes more refugees into Kenya

The information contained in this report has been compiled by OCHA from information received from the field, from national and international humanitarian partners and from other official sources. It does not represent a position from the United Nations.

31 Dec 2008 description
report Kenya Red Cross

Highlights of 2008

PEV Humanitarian Assistance

Following Kenya's disputed Presidential election in December 2007, large parts of the country were affected by violence that left at least 1,300 people dead and many others seriously injured. More than 350,000 people lived in camps as internally displaced persons (IDPs) while thousands were hosted by communities. Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was appointed by the Government as the lead coordinating agency for response to the emergency.

31 Dec 2008 description
report Kenya Red Cross

Contents

UTU SCHEME
PM launches resource mobilization initiative

FLOODS IN KENYA
Preliminary Appeal launched

CLIMATE CHANGE
Floods and drought intervention

WATSAN IN ASAL

YOUTH CAMP

ROAD & FIRE SAFETY

ELGON PEACE RUN

WORLD AIDS DAY
Cultural change

HORN OF AFRICA
Millions face hunger

PROFILE

08 Dec 2008 description

Contexte général

Les combats dans l'est de la RDC et la situation humanitaire au Zimbabwe continuent de focaliser l'attention de la communauté humanitaire. L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe se propage dans les pays voisins suscitant une grande préoccupation à cause de sa dimension sous régionale. L'OMS et ses partenaires appuient les efforts de partage d'information sur les districts frontaliers touchés, le renforcement de la surveillance aussi bien que la mobilisation des ressources.

08 Dec 2008 description

General Context

Fighting in eastern DRC and the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe continue to focus the attention of the humanitarian community. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is spreading in the Southern African countries raising a big concern about its regional dimension.

05 Dec 2008 description
report Kenya Red Cross

The first cases of acute watery diarrhoea have been reported in Mandera District in North Eastern Province. The District Hospital has confirmed that four patients have been isolated in a ward and are undergoing medical attention.

Following these latest reports, a stakeholders' meeting has been convened to address the emerging health concern. The District Medical Officer of Health (MOH), Dr.

05 Dec 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- Government reviews food situation in the country due to increase in prices of maize flour

- Livestock raid in north-western district of Turkana Central results in killings and displacement

- Special tribunal to be set-up following cabinet approval on implementation of Waki report

The information contained in this report has been compiled by OCHA from information received from the field, from national and international humanitarian partners and from other official sources. It does not represent a position from the United Nations.