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28 Mar 2018 description
Launched by WFP in nine countries so far, this innovative mechanism ensures that preparedness measures are funded and implemented before disaster strikes.
08 Feb 2018 description
During 2017, FAO supported governments and communities in responding to food chain crises, which can threaten lives and livelihoods and lead to major emergencies.
13 Dec 2017 description
Framed around the Agenda for Humanity, the report presents global and country-level data-and-trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance.
04 May 2017 description
The disaster-prone region experienced situations ranging from natural disasters to the spread of dengue and Zika, with more than 3.5 million lives at risk from drought in Central America.
20 Apr 2017 description
Events such as the Colombia mudslide, the recent Peru floods, and last October’s Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, highlight the need to address the underlying social and economic forces that place human settlements at risk.
20 Jan 2017 description
More than 34 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean still suffer from hunger, but the region is boosting its ability to make agriculture sustainable and ensure food security by curbing disaster risk.
23 Dec 2016 description
EM-DAT preliminary data shows that during this year, 301 country-level natural disasters in 102 countries caused more than 7,000 deaths and US$97 billion of economic damages.
11 Oct 2016 description
Strengthening disaster-risk governance and coordination, combined with participation of affected populations, have proved successful in reducing disaster mortality.
21 Sep 2016 description
23 countries have issued appeals requiring a total of $5 billion. Only 38 per cent is funded as of September 2016, leaving 60 million people at significant risk of further loss.
16 Aug 2016 description
The dramatic 2015-2016 El Niño event hit the poorest and most vulnerable communities hardest, disproportionally affecting women and girls. To date, a funding gap of $3.4 billion remains.
18 Jul 2016 description
report Oxfam
This crisis was predicted, yet overall, the response has been too little, too late. The looming La Niña event may further hit communities that are already deeply vulnerable, says Oxfam.
09 Jun 2016 description
The 35 countries of the Americas are currently crafting a plan of action to be endorsed at their Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, which is due to take place in Canada early next year.
22 Jan 2016 description
Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known effects of El Niño that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, acute water shortages, and disruption of health services.
04 Dec 2015 description
report Oxfam
The last major El Niño event in 1997–98 led to widespread loss of life, displacement of communities and outbreaks of disease in many parts of the world.
12 Nov 2015 description
This figure exceeds the number of people affected in 2014. Drought is the disaster that affected the most people, followed by excessive rains, floods and epidemics like dengue, chikungunya and cholera.
06 Nov 2015 description
Experts say this year El Niño could have an impact similar to the 1997-98 episode which generated massive floods and extreme droughts affecting over 27 million people in Central and South America.
23 Jul 2015 description
Community-based approach treats school construction as a community learning opportunity to better understand risks, collectively commit to safety, and to learn and apply strategies for safer construction.
20 Jul 2015 description
According to the latest IDMC report, an average of 26.4 million people has been displaced by disasters each year - equivalent to one person every second since 2008.
16 Jul 2015 description
Humanitarian workers are increasingly turning to ‘medium-low’ or ‘low-tech’ solutions as some of the infrastructure that is needed to implement ‘high-tech’ solutions is non-existent in rapid-onset or complex emergencies.
24 Mar 2015 description
The effectiveness of unified hashtags depends on the number of Twitter users in the region, which can explain why Twitter hashtags were effective in the Philippines but less so in Ebola- stricken countries.