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22 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP, in collaboration with its partners, is scaling up its Lean Season Assistance programme to reach 31 districts, assisting 482,000 people across the country.

  • WFP is scaling up cash-based transfers during the 2017/18 LSA period, encompassing mobile money transfers, commodity vouchers and, to a lesser extent, cash-in-transit.

22 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • 12,200 smallholder farmers registered and verified for conservation agriculture, savings, input credit and weather index insurance.

  • WFP conducted an aggregator selection exercise in five districts. This exercise was aimed at assessing aggregators’ potential to offer and extend their marketing services to small holder farmers and help to improve their livelihoods, incomes and establish a predictable and stable market.

22 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • Recent contributions from Denmark (DKK 10 million) and Sweden (SEK 10 million) help WFP to continue providing life-saving food assistance to refugees.

  • Despite the contributions, chronic funding shortfalls have forced WFP to continue with reduced rations for refugees. Rations are being distributed at 72 percent of the 2,100 recommended kilocalories to prevent a complete pipeline break within the coming months.

22 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • The "cease-fire and cessation of hostilities" agreement signed between the Congolese government and the rebels of Pastor Ntumi's Pool in December is holding. A joint commission is working to define the peace process.

  • SCOPE registrations of IDPs in the Pool and Bouenza Departments have started in January.

  • WFP bought 6mt of beans for the school feeding programme from a smallholder farmers project funded by European Union.

  • The Zero Hunger Strategic Review is currently ongoing.

22 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP is providing leadership to craft strategies on how the UNCT will support the Government in achieving its development priorities.

  • WFP supported the Government through the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to produce the Food and Nutrition Security Monitoring report which analyses the vulnerability and livelihoods in rural areas.

  • WFP is providing support to government through a secretariat established to organize a national conference and a workshop on disability.

22 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 700,000 families could be affected by dry spells and 1.2 million by fall army worm infestation

  • USD 1.8 million are urgently needed to sustain the food support provided to 32,175 refugees

  • 420,000 people supported by WFP with cash-based transfers for the lean season response

  • 132,000 households are currently enrolled in WFP Malawi’s resilience programme

In Focus: rising concerns on the 2018 harvest

22 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP is implementing resilience strengthening activities in 16 targeted communes of the South and South East, where the food security situation has improved.
    Nutritional support and school feeding programmes are also implemented in those communes, for higher impact.

  • Given that the 2017/2018 cyclone season is reported to be highly active, WFP is enhancing its emergency preparedness measures. WFP has provided emergency food assistance to 11,790 households displaced following cyclone AVA.

22 Feb 2018 description

Zaw Tint is the Livelihoods Programme Coordinator for the Myanmar Red Cross Society in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state.

He has overseen a Red Cross livelihoods programme to distribute cash grants to more than 3000 people in communities affected by flooding, cyclical violence and population movement, including in the villages of Kyauk Tan Chay, Min Hla and Myint Nar.

“The aim of the programme was to support flood affected communities in areas that have been impacted by cyclical violence and population movement, by boosting people’s livelihoods.

22 Feb 2018 description
report IRIN

Forced off their land by drought, rural families face a precarious existence in Mogadishu

Displaced by drought and conflict, rural Somalis have been heading to Mogadishu in their tens of thousands. They get no safety or support and are increasingly targeted for forced evictions, but they are still coming.

After yet another bad rainy season at the end of last year, Amina Muse abandoned her four-hectare farm in Qorylooley, a small village in southern Somalia.

22 Feb 2018 description

En Saipina, el rebalse de un río inundó cultivos y una vivienda. En otras regiones de los valles hay derrumbes y sembradíos anegados. La Alcaldía de Yapacaní reporta 1.162 familias afectadas.

Los ríos Yapacaní e Ichilo registran crecidas arriba de lo normal Las persistentes lluvias están golpeando a varias regiones del departamento de Santa Cruz. En los valles, por ejemplo, ayer se registró un nuevo rebalse de los ríos Chilón y Oconi, afectando varias hectáreas de cultivos, a una carretera en fase de construcción y a una vivienda.

21 Feb 2018 description

On 21 February 2018, the Bolivia Civil Defense reported severe rain that caused overflows of the Chilon and Oconi rivers in Saipina, Yapacani, Comarapa, Pampa Grande, and Vallegrande municipalities within Ichilo and Manuel María Caballero provinces, Santa Cruz Department; some valleys registered severe floods, destruction, and 1,162 families were affected. Several hectares of agricultural land, homes, and roads under construction were affected. The government declared Yapacani Municipality a disaster zone.

21 Feb 2018 description

La situación más preocupante es la de los productores de maíz tardío o de segunda, debido a que ese grano soportó desde el momento de la siembra condiciones de escasa disponibilidad de agua útil en los suelos.

a falta de lluvias y las altas temperaturas registradas en las últimas semanas en el centro y el norte de Santa Fe afectan los cultivos de maíz y soja tardíos y, en menor medida, los de soja de primera, según informó hoy el gobierno santafesino y la Bolsa de Comercio de esa provincia.

21 Feb 2018 description

Cochabamba, 21 feb (ABI).- El gobernador de Cochabamba, Iván Canelas, informó el miércoles que entregará la siguiente semana varios lotes de vituallas, semillas y herramientas a las familias de los municipios de Bolívar, Cliza, Punata, Arbieto y Sipe Sipe, que están entre las regiones más afectadas de ese departamento por las riadas e inundaciones, provocadas por lluvias.

21 Feb 2018 description

SITUATION

• Climate change, limited livelihood opportunities, and recurrent environmental shocks have contributed to food insecurity and malnutrition in Burkina Faso. As a result, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicates that up to 276,700 children under five years of age in Burkina Faso may experience severe acute malnutrition in 2018.

21 Feb 2018 description

La Paz, 21 feb (ABI).- El coordinador general del Programa de Inclusión Económica para Familias y Comunidades Rurales (Accesos), José Antonio Carvajal, anunció el miércoles que este año se ejecutarán seis proyectos de manejo de cuencas para construir muros de contención y diques para evitar pérdidas en la producción por riadas con una inversión de 5,1 millones de bolivianos.

21 Feb 2018 description

Cochabamba, 21 feb (ABI).- El desborde de los ríos Paracaya y Sulti dejó el saldo de tres casas desmoronadas, 17 inmuebles con rajaduras y 500 hectáreas (has) de cultivo agrícolas anegadas en el municipio de San Benito, distante a 32 Km de la ciudad de Cochabamba, informó el miércoles el director municipal de Desarrollo Productivo y Medio Ambiente de esa región, Gonzalo Claros.