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20 Jan 2018 description


  • Favourable conditions for dormant winter cereals

  • Marginally above-average cereal harvest gathered in 2017

  • Slightly higher cereal imports forecast in 2017/18, exports expected to ease

  • Food inflation eased in December 2017 but remains high due to weaker Turkish Lira

Favourable conditions for dormant winter grains

20 Jan 2018 description


  • Cereal production in 2017 estimated at above average level

  • Grain exports in 2017/18 marketing year forecast below previous year’s record

  • Domestic prices of wheat increased over last year

  • Around 1.2 million people estimated to be food insecure in conflict-affected areas

Plantings of winter cereals for harvest in 2018 entered dormancy stage

20 Jan 2018 description


  • Despite erratic rains at start of season, current prospects for 2018 wheat output are positive

  • Aggregate cereal output in 2017 estimated at record level

  • Rice exports in 2018 forecast to increase from last year’s near-average level

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour strengthened seasonally in recent months

  • Food insecurity persists in localized areas

20 Jan 2018 description


  • Prolonged drought in 2017 acutely affected crop production and livestock conditions

  • Wheat import requirements in 2017/18 forecast to sharply increase on reduced output

  • Prices of beef and mutton decreased seasonally in recent months

Crop production in 2017 acutely affected by severe drought

20 Jan 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Rafiqul Islam Sarker

NANKAR, Bangladesh, Jan 20 2018 (IPS) - Wahid Haider talks about his son’s departure to Italy almost seven years ago without regret or hesitation. Haider has not seen Nayeem, now 30 years old, since he left Nankar in search of better economic prospects, travelling through Romania, where he spent several months, before entering Italy.

20 Jan 2018 description

Release date: January 20, 2018

Release Number: NR 101

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As the people of Puerto Rico rebuild homes damaged by the flooding and hurricanes of last September, FEMA and Home Depot have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on how to make homes stronger and safer during the rebuilding process.

20 Jan 2018 description

Release date: January 20, 2018

Release Number: NR 100

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — Survivors who have been unable to return to their homes as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria can now look forward to help from voluntary agencies.

The Voluntary Agencies Leading and Organizing Repair (VALOR) program is now providing supplies and materials to support essential, temporary repairs that allow survivors to move back into their homes.

20 Jan 2018 description
report Carter Center

Contact: In Atlanta, Emily Staub, The Carter Center
Emily.Staub@CarterCenter.org, +1 404-420-5126

20 Jan 2018 description

Sana’a, 21 January 2018 - The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP)which seeks US$2.96 billion to provide lifesaving assistance to 13.1 million people this year. This is the largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for Yemen ever launched.

20 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

The world has no excuses! We cannot continue failing Syria’s children

Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, 20 January 2018- “It is tragic that at least 12 Syrians including two children died in Eastern Lebanon near the Masna’ border crossing with Syria.

20 Jan 2018 description


Provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable people in Yemen through an effective, targeted response

Ensure that all assistance promotes the protection, safety & dignity of affected people, and is provided equitably to men, women, boys and girls

20 Jan 2018 description
  • 242,406 Congolese refugees as of 31 December 2017

  • 46,600 Congolese new arrivals from January to December 2017

  • 12,596 Congolese new arrivals since 1 December 2017


  • Between 17th and 19th January 2018, some 1,161 new refugee arrivals from the Democratic of the Congo (DRC) crossed to Uganda via Kisoro (873), Kanungu (234) and Lake Albert (54), bringing the total number of new arrivals to 10,666 since 18th December 2017.

20 Jan 2018 description

The Government of the Republic of Zambia, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, and partners, have today started the relocation of Congolese refugees from the congested Kenani Transit Centre in Nchelenge District, in northern Zambia, to a newly opened permanent site, Mantapala Refugee Settlement, 40 kilometres from the Transit Centre within the same district.

20 Jan 2018 description

Over the past two years, EU humanitarian support has been instrumental to the World Food Programme’s (WFP) work in Djibouti. Every month, WFP ensures 18 500 refugees are given assistance in the form of food and cash. WFP’s Miguel Tomas meets Kalsouma who has been living as a refugee in Djibouti since more than 25 years.

20 Jan 2018 description
  • 16 December 2017: Tropical Storm Kai-Tak makes landfall over San Policarpio. Eastern Samar. PRC mounts a response to deliver immediate assistance to affected people.

  • 16-20 December: As PRC continues to deliver immediate assistance to people affected by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak, a new Low-Pressure Area (LPA) forms, gains strength and turns into a tropical depression (TD) and later becomes Tropical Storm Tembin.

20 Jan 2018 description

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

As of 18 January 2018, the total number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 204,172. This includes 114,245 in Bentiu, 24,424 in Malakal, 38,113 in Juba UN House, 2,296 in Bor, and 147 in the UNMISS base and 24,947 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau.

20 Jan 2018 description

High temperatures and dry conditions continue in southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since November, rainfall has been below-average in South Africa. The early season abnormal dryness has expanded into several parts of southern and western Mozambique, Zimbabwe, eastern Botswana, and southern Zambia, where rainfall is forecast to be low during the middle of January.