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18 Jan 2013 description

Millet, maize, and sorghum are the most important food commodities for household consumption. Millet is the staple of the most vulnerable households, while maize and sorghum also contribute to the food basket of a majority of all households. Sankaryare market is the largest and most important market in Ouagadougou and supplies other markets within the country and region. Koudougou is located in one of the most populated areas in the country, where a majority of households depend on the market for their food needs. Djibo is in the highly vulnerable Sahelian zone.

18 Jan 2013 description

Thursday, January 17, 2013 ABUJA, Nigeria – In a ceremony at the Central Bank of Nigeria on January 17, 2013, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, Nigerian Central Bank Governor Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, represented by Honorable Minister Dr. Akinwumi Adesinathe, launched a partnership in which the parties expect to leverage up to $100 million in commercial lending for the country’s agriculture sector.

18 Jan 2013 description

BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, January 17, 2013—As bombings and combat continue in multiple locations in Mali, the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on all parties to the conflict to authorize humanitarian organizations to enter the area of Konna and to allow aid to be provided in all areas affected by fighting.

17 Jan 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund

Par Jessica Mony

GUÉRA, Tchad, 18 janvier 2013 - Le village de Banda est un ensemble propret de cases d’argile, chacune bien délimitée par une clôture de piquets. À travers ceux-ci, des visages curieux d’enfants, impatients de voir les visiteurs qui viennent d’arriver, jettent des coups d’œil furtifs.

17 Jan 2013 description

By James Phelan

An escalating conflict displaces 380,000 people and threatens wider consequences across the country

The growing conflict in northern Mali has caused widespread insecurity, displacement, and disruptions, including the suspension of vital humanitarian efforts across the region of Gao as Action Against Hunger is forced to place existing programs on hold, warning that the latest clashes were undermining already vulnerable communities across the region.

17 Jan 2013 description

Olive Branch Post by Tobias Koepf and Jon Temin

France’s military intervention in Mali will fundamentally alter the dynamics of the Malian crisis and the role of the international community in seeking a solution. While that might sound like stating the obvious, it’s important to emphasize the dramatic effect of this military action on the potential for long-term peace and stability.

17 Jan 2013 description
report Welthungerhilfe

(16.01.2013) Welthungerhilfe is responding to the escalating humanitarian situation of the people in Mali. Continued fighting in the North of this African country has prompted Welthungerhilfe to send out additional helpers. In addition, it is also providing EUR 100,000 of immediate aid.

17 Jan 2013 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam is providing humanitarian assistance in the region of Gao, northern Mali and in refugee camps in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. We provide support to people who need basic food, clean water and healthcare.

Conflict in the north of Mali, the entrenchment of armed groups and the spread of instability has led to increased humanitarian suffering across the region.

17 Jan 2013 description
report UN Radio

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Septième jour d'opérations militaires au Mali ce jeudi 17 janvier 2013. L'armée française a lancé une offensive terrestre contre les groupes islamistes, des combats ont opposé les militaires aux combattants jihadistes dans la région de Diabaly sur le front Est. Sur le front Ouest, la nuit dernière, un accrochage a eu lieu dans la zone de Konna entre l'armée malienne et des rebelles.

17 Jan 2013 description

Local rice and sorghum are the most consumed food products by poor households in Mauritania followed by imported wheat which is a substitute that these households turn to the most. Local rice is grown in the river valley (in the southern regions of Trarza, Brakna, Gorgol and Guidimakha). Sorghum is produced in all areas of production (rainfed) and in flood-recession areas. However, a significant portion is imported from Mali and Senegal. Mauritania depends greatly on food imports (70% in a good agricultural year and 85% in a bad year) than on internal production.

17 Jan 2013 description
report World Vision

Protection for child combatants fighting for rebel groups must be at the heart of any training given by EU troops to Malian forces, says World Vision UK.

Earlier today the EU announced a training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) which is intended to help improve the military capacity of the Malian Armed Forces.

“Children are particularly vulnerable to recruitment into Militia groups as well as various forms of sexual violence, including forced marriage. They are therefore in urgent need of protection” said Chance Briggs, director of World Vision Mali

17 Jan 2013 description

LES TITRES

• Tchad : bonnes perspectives en matière de santé pour 2013 (Xinhua, 14 jan. 2013)

• In Chad, anatomy of a vaccination campaign (UNICEF, 14 Jan. 2013)

• Tchad/BAD: 2 milliards F CFA pour promouvoir la bonne gouvernance et la transparence des finances publiques (Xinhua, 14 jan. 2013)

• Will there be a global food crisis in 2013? (IRIN, 16 Jan. 2013)

• Mass displacement following North Darfur tribal clashes (UNAMID, 17 Jan. 2013)

• Les premiers soldats tchadiens ont quitté N'Djamena pour le Mali (AFP, 17 jan. 2013)

17 Jan 2013 description
report European Union

EU training mission in Mali established

Summary: 17 January 2013, Brussels - The Council of the European Union today established a Common Security and Defence Policy mission to support the training and reorganisation of the Malian Armed Forces. This decision creates the legal basis for the operation and is another step towards its deployment.

17 Jan 2013 description
report European Union

Bruxelles, le 17 janvier 2013

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Le Conseil a instauré ce jour une mission relevant de la politique de sécurité et de défense commune qui vise à appuyer la formation et la réorganisation des forces armées maliennes.
Cette décision crée le cadre juridique de cette opération et constitue une étape supplémentaire en vue de son déploiement.

17 Jan 2013 description
report European Union

3217ème session du Conseil AFFAIRES ETRAGERES

Bruxelles, 17 janvier 2013

17 Jan 2013 description

Les équipes d'Action contre la Faim (ACF) reprennent actuellement leurs activités dans la ville de Gao à la faveur d'une stabilisation du contexte. Dans la région de Gao et notamment dans les cercles d'Ansongo (vers la frontière nigérienne) et de Bourem, ces activités continuent. Avec plus de 15% des enfants de moins de 5 ans souffrant de malnutrition aigue dans la région de Gao (soit près de 20 000 enfants), il est fondamental pour ACF de rétablir au plus vite un accès plein et entier au traitement de la malnutrition pour les populations vulnérables.

17 Jan 2013 description
report The Guardian

Malians have welcomed France's decision to commit forces but there are fears conflict could spread in fragile Sahel region

Read the full report on the Guardian.

17 Jan 2013 description

Les combats, qui ont repris de façon intensive au Mali ces derniers jours, ont contraint Handicap International à suspendre temporairement ses activités d'urgence au Mali. L'association, qui effectue notamment des distributions de denrées alimentaires dans le Nord du pays depuis l'été 2012, a demandé à l'ensemble de ses équipes de se mettre à l'abri et de se tenir prêtes à relancer, dès que possible, les programmes d'assistance aux populations civiles.

17 Jan 2013 description
report Caritas

The president of Caritas Mali, Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, has asked for a humanitarian corridor to be opened in his war-torn country. He also appealed to the global Caritas network and the international community to help those affected by the conflict currently being fought.

French and African troops are trying to prevent Islamic rebels who have taken control of northern Mali from advancing further.