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18 May 2016 description

Converging challenges, compounding risks - A region under high pressure

14 Mar 2016 description

CONVERGING CHALLENGES, COMPOUNDING RISKS

A REGION UNDER HIGH PRESSURE

In the Sahel, extreme poverty, fastgrowing populations, climate change, recurrent food and nutrition crises, armed conflicts and insecurity are building up to a perfect storm threatening the lives of communities already living on the brink of crisis.

22 Jul 2014 description

Snapshot 16–22 July

oPT: 583 have been reported killed and over 100,000 displaced since Operation Protective Edge began on 8 July. There are urgent needs for essential drugs, shelter, water, and food assistance in the Gaza Strip, requiring greater humanitarian space.

23 Apr 2014 description

Snapshot 16–23 April

Central African Republic: Renewed clashes between anti-balaka and Seleka fighters occurred in several locations in central, northern, and southwestern provinces. MISCA soldiers are being redeployed to cover areas previously secured by the Chadian contingent. A Christian religious leader was killed and four were abducted in two northern towns, while 30 Christian civilians were reportedly killed in a central town.

23 Apr 2014 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$150 million to finance 19 university-based Centers of Excellence in seven countries in West and Central Africa. These competitively selected centers will receive funding for advanced specialized studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related disciplines, as well as in agriculture and health.

25 Mar 2014 description
report The Guardian

Researchers collaborate with health officials to plan vaccination campaigns after discovering how to predict seasonal outbreaks.

Read the full report on the Guardian.

07 Mar 2013 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 7 mars 2013 (IRIN) - L'expansion annuelle des programmes humanitaires pour régler les problèmes chroniques des Sahéliens les plus vulnérables montre clairement que les stratégies de développement ne fonctionnent pas. Le Sahel est dès lors au coeur des débats sur la nécessité de développer la résistance aux chocs des personnes vulnérables.

04 Mar 2013 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 4 March 2013 (IRIN) - The annual gearing-up of humanitarian programmes to treat the chronic problems of vulnerable Sahelians is a clear sign that development there is not working. As a result, the Sahel is at the centre of the debate on the need to boost vulnerable people's resilience to shocks.

29 Oct 2012 description

Atlas of health and climate launches new collaboration between public health and meteorological communities

Atlas provides maps, tables and graphs showing links between health and climate

Geneva, 29 October 2012 (WHO/WMO) – As the world’s climate continues to change, hazards to human health are increasing. The Atlas of Health and Climate, published today jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), illustrates some of the most pressing current and emerging challenges.

15 Jun 2012 description

“I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – as partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect.”

President Barack Obama
July 11, 2009,
Accra, Ghana

02 Jun 2010 description

CONTENTS

• Introduction: food and nutrition security in West Africa: opportunities and challenges 1

• Soaring food prices, climate change and bioenergy: new challenges for food security and nutrition 2

• Collaborating on nutrition and food security: Implications for the health and agriculture sectors 7

• Capacity development: challenges and opportunities 11

• Implications of a resilient and sustainable smallholder food production system in West Africa on food security, nutrition and health of the population 14