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23 Feb 2018 description

For the 2,000 farmers that comprise the Coopérative des Agriculteurs de Maïs de Nyanza (COAMANYA) maize cooperative in Rwanda, knowing precise information about their plots of land can be challenging. In a country as densely populated as Rwanda, where agriculture contributes to a third of GDP, many farmers must earn their livelihoods on a small piece of land averaging about an acre in size.

So how can basic information about an individual farmer’s plot help to grow his or her produce?

23 Feb 2018 description

The Trojan Women Project provides refugees a chance to learn new skills and voice experiences of exile; ‘The World to Hear,’ a film about the acclaimed ‘Queens of Syria’ theatre tour, is running at the Glasgow Film Festival

By Charlotte Eagar | 23 February 2018

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - Two Syrian women are arguing into a microphone. “I don’t want to see anyone,” Fatima shouts at Reem. “You invited him! You sort it out!” Beside them, Nancy, an elegant Scottish lady of a certain age, says quietly: “Very good! I think that’s it!”

23 Feb 2018 description

More than two years of relentless conflict in Yemen have devastated the lives of millions of people. An alarming 20.7 million people in Yemen need some kind of humanitarian or protection support, with some 9.8 million in acute need of assistance. An estimated 17 million people – 60 per cent of the total population - are food insecure and at least three million people have fled their homes. Because of this conflict, public services have broken down, access to safe water has become a major challenge and the lack of proper sanitation has increased the risk of communicable diseases.

23 Feb 2018 description

En la tarde de este jueves, el ministro de la Secretaría de Emergencia Nacional (SEN), Joaquín Roa Burgos, se comunicó vía telefónica con la intendenta de Bella Vista Norte (Amambay), Mirka Argüello Rojas, a fin de interiorizarse sobre la situación de los afectados por la crecida del río Apa y coordinar la asistencia inmediata a las familias. Funcionarios de la institución trasladan a la zona chapas, colchones, frazadas, carpas plásticas y más de tres toneladas de alimentos para los damnificados.

23 Feb 2018 description

to assist 60 000 people

FAO requires USD 4.1 million

period January – December 2018

Libya continues to suffer from the impact of a protracted political crisis, which leads to outbreaks of violence, displacement and a general worsening of people’s living conditions. Availability and affordability of food have decreased and the provision of services continues to decline, exacerbating the humanitarian situation.

Objectives

FAO is working with partners in the Food Security Cluster to:

23 Feb 2018 description

GENEVA (23 February 2018) – Iran must cease what appears to be a new and worrying trend of targeting environmental defenders, UN human rights experts* said following the detention of Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF) members on spying charges. One has died in custody.

23 Feb 2018 description

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today concluded its consideration of the initial report of Sudan on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

23 Feb 2018 description

Ocho toneladas de ayuda humanitaria y un equipo de rescate fueron enviados este viernes por Defensa Civil, para la atención de 150 familias damnificadas del municipio de Guanay que precisan asistencia con urgencia, luego que padecieron la pasada jornada, el desborde de los ríos Mapiri y Tipuani y la inundación de sus viviendas, informó el Ministro de Defensa Javier Zavaleta.

23 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP provided one-off emergency cash-based transfers to recently arrived refugees C.A.R in the south of Chad. One month after the outbreak of this new refugee influx, WFP has assisted 18,103 people out of the 19,035 registered by UNHCR This figure is likely to increase. The influx is already the largest movement of refugees from C.A.R., exceeding the total number for 2017.

23 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP Ghana has received Government counterpart Cash Contributions (GCCC) to support its operations. This amounts to USD 4.5 million covering the 2008-2016 period.

  • Selection of community level women processing groups (targeted for blending of high quality nutritious foods) has kicked off in selected regions. In partnership with Food and Drugs Authority, WFP will enhance their capacity in food safety and quality.

Operational Updates

23 Feb 2018 description

DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has completed a week of training for the Information Management and Analytical Centre (IMAC) staff of Tajikistan’s Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence.

The first half of the course covered key features of Esri ArcGIS, a leading mapping and spatial analytics software: this included working with maps, performing basic analysis, and developing data and maps for reports. The second half focused on remote sensing analysis during the first 72 hours of an emergency response.

23 Feb 2018 description

Managua – El Embajador de Italia en Nicaragua, Sergio Martes visitó la comunidad Chimpinilla, ubicada en la zona rural de Sébaco, Matagalpa para participar en la entrega de alimentos para familias afectadas por lluvias e inundaciones ocurridas en el mes de octubre del año pasado.

23 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP and partners launched the first distribution round of their new project in the food insecure Siguiri prefecture, combining nutrition and food security activities for increased sustainability.

Operational Updates

  • The second school delivery round commenced while the field and monitoring units (FAM) of the four sub-offices set out to update beneficiary numbers. In Kankan, girls received their take-home rations.

23 Feb 2018 description
report World Bank

BRUSSELS, 23 February 2018 – During the International High-Level Conference on the Sahel, the founding members of the Sahel Alliance – France, Germany, the EU, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and UNDP –, joined by Italy, Spain and the UK, officially launched the Sahel Alliance, by announcing the implementation of over 500 projects between 2018 and 2022.

23 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP plans to provide early seasonal food assistance to 150,000 food insecure Malians, representing a significant scale-up with respect to previous plans. A recent influx of IDPs and refugees highlights the need to maintain capacity for rapid response.

  • Roll out of SCOPE, the beneficiary management platform, started in Koulikoro and extension to urban areas of Gao and Timbuktu regions is planned.

23 Feb 2018 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2018 — The World Bank today approved an International Development Association (IDA)* grant of $10 million to support Sierra Leone in its efforts to recover from severe landslides and floods in Freetown in August 2017. The landslide, comprising a mix of clay soil and boulders of up to 40 cubic meters, ripped through the city of Freetown with tremendous energy destroying everything in its path. Residents reported a large ‘tidal wave’ of material advancing down the river channel.

23 Feb 2018 description
report UN Women

Authors/editor(s): AVAC, Athena Network, Salamander Trust

23 Feb 2018 description
report Stimson Center

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ much anticipated Report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace was recently released, in the lead-up to the U.N. General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace to be held April 24-25 2018 in New York, in accordance with the U.N.

23 Feb 2018 description
report UN Women

Achieving gender parity is an urgent priority not only as a basic human right, but also as it is essential to the United Nations’ efficiency, impact and credibility. It is important to create a working environment, at all levels and wherever the United Nations operates, that embraces equality, eradicates bias and is inclusive of all staff, so that we can truly lead by example and leave no one behind.