Event: CBD Southern Indian Ocean Workshop to Facilitate Description of EBSAsbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 15 May 2012
This workshop is convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). It aims to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), and will include one day...
African nations discuss creation of an African food security trust fundThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | 29 Apr 2012
The creation of an African-funded trust fund to support food security in the continent was discussed at FAO's Regional Conference for Africa, held last week in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.The Africa Trust Fund would raise resources in the continent to fight hunger.
African solidarity for Sahel countries and Horn of Africa urgedThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | 27 Apr 2012
Speaking at the opening of FAO's 27th Regional Conference Republic of the Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso made a "vibrant appeal" for Africa to show solidarity with countries in the African Sahel region and the Horn of Africa where millions of people are currently facing a food crisis.
FAO warns of funding gap for Sahel and Horn of Africa emergency plansThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | 25 Apr 2012
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today that funding gaps to assist herders, agro-pastoralists and farmers in the ongoing rainy season in the Sahel and Horn of Africa total over 110 million dollars. Recognizing efforts being made by donor countries to maintain their international aid, he added that "it is in times of crises that the vulnerable populations need us the most."
Communiqu': Somalia becomes seventy-third signatory of the Nagoya Protocolcbd.int | 10 Jan 2012
On 9 January 2012, Somalia became the seventy-third signatory of theNagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arisingfrom Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).The Nagoya Protocol, which was opened for signature in February 2011, will enter into force 90 days afterdeposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification.
World: Climate set to worsen food crises: Oxfamfeedproxy.google.com | 28 Nov 2011
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: World, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Thailand, Viet Nam DURBAN, South Africa — Storms and drought that have unleashed dangerous surges in...
HORN OF AFRICA: Human Trafficking on the Rise Amid Drought and Famineips.org | 01 Nov 2011
RIFT VALLEY, Kenya, Nov 1 (IPS) – Amina Shakir (not her real name) fled the drought and famine in Somalia for a better life in Kenya. But she did so illegally, placing her faith in the hands of a criminal network headed by Mukhalis or agents in Swahili. In the end her faith was misplaced as she was...
AFRICA: Gov'ts Fail to Invest in Hungriest, Poorest Regionsips.org | 21 Oct 2011
CHANGWON, South Korea, Oct 21 (IPS) – For millennia, people have coped with drought in the Horn of Africa, comprised mainly of drylands. Yet today, more than 13 million people there are starving because of political instability, poor government policies and failure to invest in the world's poorest people, say experts here in Changwon.
SOMALIA: Drought-displaced "in tens of thousands"IRIN News | 01 Apr 2011
With drought spreading to almost all regions of Somalia, officials and aid workers have expressed concern for those affected, saying drought was now a major cause of displacement. "Drought, not insecurity, is now the main reason for new displacement in Somalia," the UN Office for the Coordination...
KENYA-SOMALIA: Hungry for learning in Dadaab campsIRIN News | 28 Mar 2011
In one of the largest and oldest refugee settlements in the world, education is a luxury denied most of the 90,739 children who live there. Set up at the outset of Somalias civil war in 1991 to accommodate 90,000 refugees, three camps near the northeastern Kenyan town of Dadaab - Hagadera, Ifo and Dagahaley - are now home to more than three times that number, and persistent conflict in Somalia, from where 95 percent of the refugees originate, means the population grows daily.
KENYA-SOMALIA: Aid critical as calm returns to border regionIRIN News | 24 Mar 2011
Thousands of Somalis displaced by fighting along the Kenya-Ethiopia-Somalia border urgently need water and food, local officials say, as humanitarian workers in Kenya's northeastern town of Mandera continue to register refugees. "The people are weak, not only [due to] the recent fighting but also...
Somalia: Monthly Market Analysisfeedproxy.google.com | 17 Mar 2011
The Somali Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures changes in prices of a fixed minimum basket of goods and services, maintained its upward trend for the fifth month in succession in all regions in February 2011. Month on month inflation increased in all zones, mainly due to the rising prices of sorghum, sugar and milk (Northeast – 9%, Northwest – 6%, South – 5% and Central –2%).
Somalia Drought Watch February, 2011feedproxy.google.com | 14 Mar 2011
Climate models predict increased likelihood of near to below normal rainfall in Somalia during the Gu 2011 rainfall season (April to June). Drought conditions persisted in most parts of the country during the month of February 2011.
Somalia: Nutrition Analysis Post Deyr 2010/11feedproxy.google.com | 25 Feb 2011
The FSNAU Post Deyr 2010/11 nutrition situation analysis depicts a deterioration in the nutrition situation across most population groups in Somalia from six months ago (Map 1 and 2). From October to December 2010, FSNAU and partners conducted a total of 25 representative nutrition surveys across Somali rural livelihoods and internally displaced population groups.
EAST AFRICA: La Niña-induced drought "to affect millions"IRIN News | 21 Feb 2011
Since November, East African countries have registered serious drought conditions that are likely to worsen in coming months. According to data recently released by the World Meteorological Organization, the La Niña weather effect is largely responsible.
Somalia: Special Food Security and Nutrition Brief on the Post Deyr 2010/11 Analysisfeedproxy.google.com | 15 Feb 2011
The findings of the FSNAU, FEWSNET and partner post Deyr 2010/11 seasonal assessment indicate that the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Somalia has increased by 20 percent to 2.4 million. This represents 32 percent of Somalia's 7.5 million people. Failure of the Deyr seasonal rains linked to prevailing La Niña event affecting Somalia, caused a severe water crisis in most parts of the country with the exception of north-western regions.
SOMALIA: Aid Agencies Struggle to Access Communities as Drought LoomsAfricaFiles | 05 Feb 2011
Somalia is experiencing a drought that is estimated to increase the number of the already numerous 1.4 million internally displaced peoples (IDP's). It will be important for humanitarian agencies to establish preventative measures, as well as, "engage the various political groups that controlled different parts of Somalia in order to access populations under their control."