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20 Oct 2017 description

20 October 2017, Zambia - According to statistics, two-thirds of the labour force in Zambia is engaged in agriculture, 78 percent of whom are women farmers. Agriculture accounts for 20 percent of the country’s GDP, and the output feeds over half of its population of nearly 14 million people.

In recent years, extreme weather conditions such as severe dry spells and floods have hit hard on Zambia's rain-fed farmland, posing serious threats to the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers.

20 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Wambi Michael

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 20 2017 (IPS) - Index insurance is being promoted as a solution to protect climate affected smallholder farmers in Africa. This type of micro insurance is slowly gaining ground as a way of compensating farmers for lost crops and livestock due to climate change.

20 Oct 2017 description

This Resilience Scan summarises writing and debates in the field of resilience during the second quarter of 2017. It comprises an 'expert view' on some of the emerging issues for transboundary adaptation, an analysis of blogs from the past six months, and summaries of high-impact grey literature and academic journal articles. The final chapter synthesises the insights from literature in terms of five characteristics of resilience: awareness, diversity, self-regulation, integration and adaptiveness.

20 Oct 2017 description

Déclaration de William Lacy Swing, Directeur général de l’Organisme des Nations Unies chargé des migrations à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’alimentation, le 16 octobre 2017

Pour la première fois de l’Histoire, les populations vivent davantage dans les villes que dans les zones rurales.

19 Oct 2017 description

Could geoengineering the planet to curb climate change leave people in poor countries better - or worse - off?

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

BERLIN, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a child during Ethiopia's deadly famine of 1984, Asfawossen Kassaye remembers watching people from the countryside flock to his town, desperately looking for food after a drought devastated their fields.

19 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Cuba

La Habana, 19 oct (ACN) El III Curso taller Cuba-CARICOM entra hoy en su última día de sesiones, en esta capital, sobre temas medulares de gestión de riesgos de desastres y adaptación al cambio climático en comunidades y ecosistemas de la región del Caribe.

La agenda del encuentro para este jueves, en el Panorama Hotel, incluye en calidad de moderadores a expertos cubanos de la Agencia de Medio Ambiente, y de los institutos de Ciencias del Mar, de Geografía Tropical y de Ecología y Sistemática.

19 Oct 2017 description

This weekly update is produced by UNDP in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Sierra Leone, liaising with the Office of National Security and development partners.

Situation overview

Following the landslides and floods that hit Freetown and surrounding areas on 14 August 2017, the UN system in Sierra Leone continues to support national recovery.

19 Oct 2017 description
report El Comercio Perú

Científicos proyectaron que el aumento de la temperatura y alteraciones en el régimen de lluvias afectaría entre 73% y 88% de las tierras aptas

Los cultivos de café en América Latina, uno de los productos más apreciados de la región, podrían convertirse en víctimas del cambio climático.

Un estudio de científicos latinoamericanos proyectó que el aumento de la temperatura y cambios en el régimen de lluvias afectaría entre 73% y 88% de las tierras aptas para la producción del grano en la región.

18 Oct 2017 description

Usulután, 18 de octubre de 2017 – El Secretario Presidencial para Asuntos de Vulnerabilidad y Director de Proteccion Civil, Jorge Meléndez; la Directora de atención Ciudadana e Institucional de Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente (MARN), Sonia Baires; el Agregado en Asuntos de Cooperación de la Delegación de la Unión Europea (UE), el Sr.

18 Oct 2017 description

When most people think about climate change, they think about extreme weather patterns, global warming and rising sea levels. Many people are aware that there are also numerous ways in which climate change negatively effects people’s health, including the resurgence of many vector and water borne diseases, malnutrition and respiratory diseases. But there is another subset of climate related health effects which, while perhaps less well-known, is also extremely prevalent and destructive: the impacts of climate change on mental health.

18 Oct 2017 description
report CCCM Cluster

introduction

What is CCCM? The common aim of the CCCM Cluster is to improve living conditions of displaced persons in humanitarian crises. The sector facilitates assistance and strengthens protection of the displaced and works with beneficiaries to attain durable solutions. Camp management is cross-cutting in nature and applies to all types of communal settings, including planned camps, collective centers, self-settled camps, reception or transit centers, and entails building relations with the host community.

18 Oct 2017 description

This paper presents a conceptual framework for the study of the vulnerability of Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal with a particular focus on the structural vulnerability.

18 Oct 2017 description

By Sonia Feng

SYDNEY, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Fiji will issue a $50 million "green" bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday.

The Pacific Island nation is seen as particularly vulnerable to climate change, with some of its 300 low-lying islands susceptible to rising seas.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

18 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Executive Summary

A massive landslide in the Western Area Rural of Sierra Leone on August 14, 2017, slipped into the Babadorie River Valley and exacerbated existing flooding in the Western Area Rural and Urban (Freetown), affecting about 6,000 people of which 1,141 have been declared dead or missing.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

Contributions from the EU and its member states to support developing countries in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and coping with the impacts of climate change showed a significant increase in 2016.

The total was confirmed on 16 October 2017 at a meeting of the EU Economic Policy Committee, ahead of COP23 UN climate change conference in Bonn.

17 Oct 2017 description

This document draws upon grassroots women’s experiences from the Huairou Commission’s membership in Southeast Asia. It highlights four community-led strategies for advancing climate and disaster resilient development. These strategies demonstrate that communities have knowledge, capacities and networks that can strengthen government-led efforts to advance resilient development.

17 Oct 2017 description

NADI, Fiji, 17 October 2017 – The Prime Minister of Fiji and the incoming COP23 President, Mr. Vorege Bainone, is hosting a pre-COP23 meeting to galvanise action on climate change and disaster risk.

“We have the power and the means to bring the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to life, so let’s do it,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said. “We are all vulnerable and in this together and as such we need to act as one.”

17 Oct 2017 description
report CARE

Après dix ans de régression quasi constante, la faim dans le monde a brusquement augmenté. Pourtant, nous produisons suffisamment pour nourrir deux fois la population mondiale. Alors quelles sont les causes de ce drame ? Voici cinq points pour comprendre pourquoi la faim fait de si nombreuses victimes.

17 Oct 2017 description

La FAO célèbre chaque année, le 16 octobre, la Journée mondiale de l'alimentation qui commémore la fondation de l'Organisation en 1945. La Journée mondiale de l'alimentation nous permet de montrer notre engagement envers l’Objectif de développement durable (ODD) n°2 – relever le défi Faim Zéro d’ici 2030.