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16 Mar 2018 description

15/03/2018 Hanoi, Viet Nam While climate change and extreme weather events are impacting the environment in many ways, agriculture and food production in Asia and the Pacific are among those hardest hit and must be first in line to defend, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. 

16 Mar 2018 description

But the effort still faces some challenges, from hesitation to pay for seeds to a preference for planting self-harvested seed

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

BUEA, Cameroon, March 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers in Cameroon struggling with the effects of prolonged drought are finding relief through a government-supported initiative to give them access to better crop seeds.

15 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Sopho Kharazi

ROME, Mar 15 2018 (IPS) - This year, World Water Day, celebrated annually on 22 March, is themed “Nature for Water”, examining nature-based solutions (NBS) to the world’s water problems.

The campaign – “The Answer is in Nature” – promotes a sustainable way to normalize the cycle of water, reduce harms of climate change and improve human health through planting trees to replenish forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands.

14 Mar 2018 description

UN-SPIDER participates in MOBILISE events in Colombo

UN-SPIDER participated in a workshop and conference organized by the MOBILISE project in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

14 Mar 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Mike Muller, Visiting Adjunct Professor, University of the Witwatersrand

11 Mar 2018 description

11/03/2018 Wotje, Marshall Islands With the effects of climate change and extreme weather events disproportionately affecting people in the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the support of the Marshall Islands government is providing emergency aid to some of the Marshall Islands remote atolls hit hardest by drought.

09 Mar 2018 description


Madagascar is ranked “highly vulnerable” to climate trends (20 of 181 countries) based on climate projections and is poorly prepared to address climate-related impacts (ND-GAIN 2015). Urbanization and climate trends in the country are increasing the risk of diminished public health and food insecurity in urban areas. This document assesses the climate risks to urban infrastructure, services and populations and the opportunities for adaptive responses.


07 Mar 2018 description

When Mandelena became a mother, she was only 16 years old. During the prolonged dry season in Gwor County, South Sudan over the last two years, Mandelena and her family have been able to eat only one meal per day. In her community, crops are failing, cattle are dying and children are dropping out of school because of hunger. Women and girls walk four to five hours every day to collect water, and young girls are married off for a dowry of cattle as soon as they hit puberty.

07 Mar 2018 description

By Charles Mkoka

LILONGWE, March 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Zambian farmers facing more extreme weather are set to get better early warning and weather information to help them cope, as part of a new grant from the Green Climate Fund.

In a funding round announced this week, the international climate fund approved $32 million toward a broader effort by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme to help shore up food security and keep farmers from slipping into poverty.

07 Mar 2018 description
report Times of India

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand which is considered reservoir for Indian subcontinent has faced drought in 10 out of 13 districts for two years from 2007-09 . With scant rainfall in winter, the state is likely to go through the situation of severe water crisis and forest fire. United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has laid bare the findings of its more intensified Drill Down Vulnerability Risk Assessment (VRS) conducted till December last year with regard to water crisis in the state.

06 Mar 2018 description

This activity report summarizes activities of Result Area 5, also known as the Africa Disaster Risk Financing (ADRF) Initiative—referred to as the “ADRF Initiative,” the “Initiative” or “R5”—from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The report gives an overview of the achievements to date and identifies upcoming priorities and challenges.

06 Mar 2018 description

This report summarizes the activities and achievements under the Result 2 of the Program Building Disaster Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa. African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) have operational capacities for coordination, planning and policy advisory capacities regarding DRR in order to support their respective Member States, regional and sub regional programs for the period 2016-17.

06 Mar 2018 description
report New Era

Nuusita Ashipala

Ongwediva - The Omusati Regional Council in collaboration with the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project will host a two-day conference on water, food security and adaptation to climate change.

The conference takes place tomorrow and Thursday to bring stakeholders together to deliberate on challenges faced by the region as a result of climate change. It also further seeks dialogue on solutions that can address these challenges.

03 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) recognises that disasters are driven both by environmental and humancreated hazards, and are mediated by the socio-economic characteristics of individual locations; therefore, resilience to natural and human-induced hazards is an integral part of the concept of sustainable development. The Child Centred Risk Assessment (CCRA) provides a detailed and extensive view of risk across the country and serves as a decision-support tool for the Government of Myanmar (GoM) and its partners.

02 Mar 2018 description


01 Mar 2018 description

Lake Chad, once one of Africa’s largest lakes, is in distress.

The lake is shared by Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria; its basin – which extends as far as Algeria, Libya, and Sudan – offers a lifeline to nearly 40 million people.

28 Feb 2018 description

US$137 million, 7-year project supported through UNDP in partnership with FAO and WFP works toward global goals for food security and poverty reduction

Zambia, 28 February 2018 - The UN in Zambia (specifically the United Nations Development Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Food Programme) have joined forces together with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to assist the Government of Zambia in tackling serious climate change induced risks facing smallholder farmers.

22 Feb 2018 description

FAO Director-General rallies African leaders to redouble efforts to build resilience, achieve Zero Hunger

22 February 2018, Khartoum - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today expressed optimism that the recent uptick in global hunger levels will be reversed and that Zero Hunger remains attainable - but added that doing so will hinge on boosting the resilience of communities in Africa, where current hunger trends are particularly worrying.

22 Feb 2018 description
report Concern Worldwide

This issue of Knowledge Matters starts with an overview of how Concern understands community resilience and goes on to share learning emerging from its programmes across the drylands of the Sahel and East Africa including Chad, Sudan, Niger, Kenya and Somalia as well as the more flood and earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It shares new programme models and tools being used by Concern such as the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Surge Approach and the Flood Resilience Measurement Tool.

22 Feb 2018 description
report UN News Service

Face à la nécessité de répondre aux besoins d'une population de plus en plus importante et urbanisée, « changer la manière dont nous gérons les terres, la production alimentaire et les forêts est essentiel afin de garantir la sécurité alimentaire », a déclaré Maria Helena Semedo, Directrice générale adjointe de la FAO, à la Conférence internationale pour stopper la déforestation, qui se tient cette semaine du 20 au 22 février, à Rome.