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14 May 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Aggregate rice production in 2015 forecast to recover from last year’s drought-reduced level

  • Rice imports forecast to return to average levels in 2015

  • Rice prices decreasing, those of wheat flour stable

  • Floods in late 2014 affected food availability in localized areas

Aggregate rice production in 2015 forecast to recover from last year’s drought-reduced level

02 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • In China, New Year festivities contributed to price increases above 10 percent for vegetables but pork prices fell slightly on ample supplies.

  • Wheat prices in Afghanistan’s Kabul markets fell sharply in February in response to the lower demand from domestic millers and abundant supply from neighbouring countries.

  • The Philippines has set a target of procuring 190 000 MT of rice from January to June 2015.

17 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 March 2015

Vanuatu: 24 people are confirmed dead so far after Tropical Cyclone Pam hit on 13 March. Shefa, Tafea, Malampa, and Penama are among the worst affected provinces. Access challenges are significant.

Cameroon: The number of people internally displaced in the north has almost doubled since 10 February, to 117,000. This brings the number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the rest from the Central African Republic.

10 Mar 2015 description

Iraq: 26,000 people have fled fighting between Islamic State and Iraqi security forces in Tikrit for Samarra. Food, shelter, health and WASH needs are priorities. More than 100 families have arrived in Al Dour, located between Tikrit and Samarra, and thousands have fled to central and southern governorates.

South Sudan: Heavy fighting between government and opposition was reported in Upper Nile state, and government troops took control of Wadakona town. Many civilians are reported trapped. Peace talks have collapsed.

04 Mar 2015 description

Colombo, March 4th, 2015 – Responding to the impact of the floods that hit various parts of Sri Lanka in late December, the European Commission is providing €238,000 (approx. 36,000,000 LKR) to meet the needs of the most vulnerable families in the Eastern part of the country. Triggered by prolonged heavy rains related to the North-East monsoon, the flooding badly affected standing crops throughout the region, jeopardizing the food security of the local households.

03 Mar 2015 description

Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2015 main season “Maha” rice crop forecast to recover from last year’s drought-reduced level

  • Considerably higher rice imports estimates for 2014

  • Rice prices remain at near-record levels, while those of wheat are stable

  • Recent floods affected food availability in localized areas

24 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 February 2015

Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.

22 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2015 main season “Maha” rice crop forecast to recover from last year’s drought-reduced level

  • Considerably higher rice imports estimates for 2014

  • Rice prices remain at near-record levels, while those of wheat are stable

Recent floods affected food availability in localized areas

17 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 February 2015

Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.

10 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 4–10 February 2015

Guinea: An increase in Ebola case numbers has been reported for the second consecutive week. Resistance to the response remains high in Forecariah, worst affected by the outbreak; though ten prefectures have reported at least one incident of resistance. Clashes between armed forces and the community were reported in Matoto, Conakry.

03 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 28 January – 3 February 2015

DRC: 30,000 refugees have fled CAR for Equateur province since December. In North Kivu, 18,000 new IDPs need humanitarian assistance; another 21,000 are in need in South Kivu. Nationwide, food security is worsening: over one-third of territories are in Crisis or Emergency phases.

27 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 21-27 January

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.

20 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 14–20 January

Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.

13 Jan 2015 description

Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.

06 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 17 December – 6 January

Nigeria: A series of suspected Boko Haram attacks in Borno and neighbouring states have resulted in more than 80 deaths, 225 kidnapped, hundreds of homes burneds and thousands displaced.

Central African Republic: Nearly 200,000 people need nutrition assistance. Over 36,000 people are trapped in seven enclaves across the country; a group of 474 Fulani who fled to Yaloke months ago and now cannot leave are in particular need.

05 Jan 2015 description

The government has decided to pay compensation to the farmers for their crops damaged by the inclement weather in the fast few weeks.
The Agriculture Ministry has decided to pay compensation for damaged crops and to provide funds for farmers affected by the floods to overcome difficulties and meet their requirements, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has said.

Minister Abeywardena said many agricultural lands have been damaged due to rainy weather in the island during the last few weeks.

04 Jan 2015 description

The Agriculture Ministry has decided to pay compensation for damaged crops and to provide funds for farmers to overcome difficulties and meet the requirements of farmers affected by inclement weather, Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene said at the media briefing held at the Govijana Mandhiraya.

Minister Abeywardene said many agricultural lands have been damaged due to rainy weather in the island during the last few weeks. The ministry has decided to pay compensation for damaged crops and to provide funds for farmers to overcome difficulties.

30 Dec 2014 description

"The President had instructed local authorities to provide immediate relief to the flood affected areas during his visit to the Anuradhapura District. He also instructed the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development to attend to the reconstruction work with immediate effect. Therefore, I summoned two battalions and tasked them with the rebuilding process with a view tore-establish the normalcy in the region", said Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Sunday(28th Dec).

26 Dec 2014 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Heavy flooding in Sri Lanka since 19 December 2014, in 18 districts has affected an estimated 675,000 people according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Six people have been reported dead due to floods & landslides. Currently, 80,736 people are living in 344 safety centers (evacuation centres). Its is reported that 3,175 houses are fully destroyed and 11,366 houses partially damaged due to floods.