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10 Dec 2017 description
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Kabul, Afghanistan - Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Afghanistan released the implementation results of a two-year food fortification project in Afghanistan. The document, released during a stakeholders' workshop, highlights the achievements, challenges, and lessons learned during the life of the project.

08 Dec 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intensified SARG aerial and artillery attacks in Eastern Ghouta result in more than 200 civilian deaths

  • Health organizations stress urgent need for improved medical resources amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions

  • Explosive hazard contamination in Ar Raqqah causes multiple returnee casualties

  • Despite insecurity, interagency convoys reach conflict-affected populations

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

07 Dec 2017 description

SITUATION

  • Natural disasters and chronic poverty contribute to food insecurity in Mozambique, a nation of approximately 28 million people. The UN World Food Program (WFP) reports that Mozambique is highly susceptible to environmental shocks, including droughts, cyclones and floods, which undermine economic development and damage livelihoods and infrastructure.
    Furthermore, approximately 46 percent of Mozambicans subsist under the national poverty line, according to the World Bank.

07 Dec 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• IDPs in CAR increase by 50 percent since January, UN reports

• Relief actors record 13 aid worker and 14 peacekeeper deaths in CAR in 2017

• Relief actors in Bangassou suspend operations due to insecurity; nearly 500,000 people in need

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

07 Dec 2017 description

SITUATION

After nearly four years of civil conflict, South Sudan remains one of the most food-insecure countries in the world. By the end of the lean season in September—the period of the year when food is most scarce—approximately 56 percent of the country’s population was facing life-threatening hunger and in need of humanitarian assistance, making 2017 the most food-insecure year in South Sudan’s history.

06 Dec 2017 description

East Africa’s economic growth is among the fastest in the world and its countries are becoming increasingly integrated and interdependent. USAID supports regional institutions, including the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and their member states to address issues that require collaboration between countries.

05 Dec 2017 description

SITUATION

  • Cote d’Ivoire is a middle-income country that has experienced rapid economic growth in recent years. However, nearly half of Cote d’Ivoire’s 24 million people live under the national poverty line, according to the World Bank and the Government of Cote d’Ivoire. In addition, the 2017 Global Hunger Index notes that Cote d’Ivoire faces a serious level of hunger, with approximately 30 percent of children under 5 years of age suffering from chronic malnutrition.

05 Dec 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Targeted violence and armed clashes result in aid worker and civilian deaths

  • WFP convoy transports emergency food assistance from Sudan to Aweil, South Sudan

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

04 Dec 2017 description

In Liberia, gender biases result in severe limitations to women’s inclusion at all levels. USAID/Liberia regards gender as a crosscutting theme and works to integrate gender issues across its entire portfolio. We work with government to address gender constraints and promote equitable and inclusive development by promoting access to economic opportunities for women; increasing women’s political participation; and increasing women’s access to critical social services, including education and health.

PROGRAM AREAS:

04 Dec 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Continued armed group attacks result in displacement and insecurity across the region

  • Multiple food security analyses anticipate that many households in northeastern Nigeria will face an elevated risk of acute food insecurity through mid-2018

  • Transport delays continue to disrupt humanitarian distributions to northeast Nigeria

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

04 Dec 2017 description

Situation

  • In recent years, Pakistan has become a food surplus country and a major producer of wheat and rice. However, despite the growth in food production, the poorest and most vulnerable members of the population cannot afford a sufficient and nutritious diet.

04 Dec 2017 description

Situation

Economic, environmental and political challenges undermine food security in Zimbabwe.
Cash shortages, water logging, drought, crop pests and a shortage of fertilizer threaten agricultural production. Nationally, 92 percent of households in Zimbabwe practice agriculture as their primary livelihood, according to the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC).

01 Dec 2017 description

Situation

  • More than three decades of war, civil unrest, insurgent activity and recurring natural disasters have contributed to chronic humanitarian need in Afghanistan. As of November, approximately 360,600 people have been internally displaced due to conflict, an estimated 503,300 vulnerable people have returned or were deported from Iran and Pakistan, and natural disasters have affected roughly 111,300 people in 2017, according to the UN.

01 Dec 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USG revokes specific economic sanctions related to Sudan, GoS

  • GoS authorities secure release of abducted humanitarian worker

  • WFP provides emergency food assistance to 3 million people across Sudan in July and August

KEY DEVELOPMENTS