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Sudan: Sudan: Food Security Outlook Update February 2015

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 9:54pm
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Sudan

Rising hostilities continue to cause new waves of displacement

Key Messages

The final results of 2014/15 Annual Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission (CFSAM) estimated record-high national cereal production of 7.84 million tons, including 6.3 million tons of sorghum and 1.1 million tons of millet. Production was about three-times last year’s poor harvest and 84 percent higher than the five-year average.

Cereal prices continue to decline in most markets, but remain well above average. However, wage labor to cereals terms of trade is improving and currently better than last year, strengthening purchasing power and access to markets for the poor.

Rising hostilities since the beginning of January displaced thousands in South Kordofan, Darfur and Blue Nile states. Displaced households in these areas are market dependent and have limited access to labor opportunities due to insecurity. Thus, Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) likely to persist among IDPs in these areas.

Somalia: Somalia Price Bulletin February 2015

Somalia - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 9:52pm
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Somalia

Maize, sorghum, rice, and cowpea are the most important staple foods for Somalis.
Maize and sorghum are the preferred staple in agriculture areas, while rice is more popular in pastoral and urban areas. Cowpea is an integral component of all households’ diets. Mogadishu is Somalia’s largest market with links to most markets in the country. Baidoa is a significant sorghum producing and consuming area. Qorioley is a large maize production area. Burao, Galkayo, and Dhusamareb are exclusively pastoral where people depend on purchases of domestically produced sorghum and imported rice. Togwajale is a sorghum producing area with links to Ethiopian markets; most cereal flows from Ethiopia pass through this market. Hargeisa is the capital of Somaliland and an important reference market for livestock trade with Ethiopia. Buale, located in an important maize production area in the southern region supplies most nearby markets. El Dhere and Merka are areas of cowpea production: the principal source of income. Bossasso and Kismayo are both port towns and entry points of imports. Beled Weyn connects the south and central regions of the country, and also has linkages with Ethiopia. Belet Hawa is an important cross-border market with Kenya.

Uganda: Uganda Price Bulletin February 2015

Uganda - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 9:42pm
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Uganda

Livestock quarantine lifted across most northern areas

Key Messages

Poor households in Karamoja started their lean seasons one to four months earlier than expected in March, due to a below-average harvest arising from poor and erratic April/May rains. Food consumption is below-average due to depleted food stocks and inadequate incomes. Although Stressed (IPC Phase 2) is expected, food security could deteriorate to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) by May.

In markets nationwide, staple food prices increased from December to January but still remain below last year's levels. A gradual increase in prices is expected through May. Households in bimodal areas are expected to have normal food access from the market through income earned from their typical livelihood activities.

The March to May 2015 rains in the bimodal areas will likely be normal to above normal. According to preliminary forecasts, there is an increased likelihood of near normal to below normal rainfall for unimodal Karamoja, which could disrupt planting and crop performance. An updated national forecast is expected in early March.

Iraq: Security Council strongly deplores ISIL's 'barbarism,' says resolve stiffened to defeat group

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 8:15pm
Source: UN News Service Country: Iraq

28 February 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the “ongoing barbaric terrorist acts” committed by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and reaffirmed its determination in defeating the extremist group.

In a statement released late yesterday evening, the 15-member Council once again stressed that ISIL “must be defeated” and the “intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out,” adding that the “continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve.”

“There has to be a common effort amongst Governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL,” the statement continued. “No act of violence or terrorism can reverse a path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Iraq, underpinned by the rule of law and respect for human rights, which is supported by the people and the Government of Iraq and the international community.”

The Council statement follows a series of recent atrocities perpetrated by ISIL against civilians in Iraq, including the reported abduction of 100 Sunni tribesmen from outside Tikrit on 25 February; the immolation of 45 Iraqis in the town of Baghdadi; and the “deliberate destruction of irreplaceable religious and cultural artefacts” housed in Mosul Museum.

Earlier in the week, the militants released a video showing them shattering artefacts and bas-reliefs, including large statues from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site of Hatra, in Mosul Museum, with sledgehammers, garnering condemnation from across the UN system.

ISIL extremists have reportedly engaged in so-called “cultural cleansing” across Iraq and other territories occupied by the group, including the destruction of religious heritage belonging to Muslim, Christian and Jewish sects alike. At the same time, they also participate in the illicit traffic of artefacts in order to help fund their terrorist acts.

In their statement, the Security Council similarly condemned the looting and smuggling of cultural heritage items from archaeological sites, museums, and libraries, warning that the illicit trafficking of such valuable materials was being used to support and finance groups likes ISIL and Al-Qaida.

At a press conference held yesterday in Paris, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, also voiced her “dismay” at ISIL's “destructive fury” against the cultural artefacts in Mosul Museum and observed that the “terrorists use the destruction of heritage in their strategy to destabilize and manipulate populations so that they can assure their own domination.”

Ms. Bokova has noted that such acts against cultural heritage can, in fact, constitute a war crime according to the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Afghanistan: Afghan president pledges relief fund for avalanche victims

Pakistan - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 7:34pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Afghanistan, Pakistan

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 16:43 GMT

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Saturday pledged to set up a relief fund for the victims of avalanches that claimed over 280 lives, and called for international help with the relief effort.

Avalanches killed at least 286 people across Afghanistan last week, the bulk of the them in the mountainous province of Panjshir, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Kabul.

Some 1,250 homes were also destroyed by the huge sheets of snow, which engulfed whole villages as they swept down from the Afghan peaks after days of heavy blizzards.

"The losses caused by this natural disaster are huge and there is a need for massive assistance," Ghani said in a televised address.

On Saturday, the president announced three days of national mourning after visiting worst-hit Panjshir province, where at least 195 people lost their lives.

He also postponed a planned trip to neighbouring Iran to try to help with relief efforts.

Neighbouring Pakistan on Saturday sent two plane-loads of emergency relief goods for victims of the disaster.

"I have ordered the relevant authorities to set up a new relief fund, so that the people and the national entrepreneurs can donate to the affected people," said Ghani.

"We also open a relief fund for international assistance. The damages and losses caused are so huge that dealing with it is not something the government can afford on its own," he said.

The blizzards have also cut power supplies to Kabul and neighbouring provinces after heavy snowfall damaged cables running through the Salang Pass, part of the Hindu Kush mountain range that connects the capital to the north.

Afghan authorities said it will take them at least three weeks to restore normal power to the capital.

Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan's mountainous areas in winter. One in the remote far northeast in 2012 left 145 people missing, presumed dead.

Despite the billions of dollars in aid from the international community after the collapse of the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan remains among the world's poorest nations after decades of conflict.

Rescue efforts after disasters such as avalanches and flash floods, which often hit as snow melt in the spring, are frequently hampered by lack of equipment.

Poor infrastructure makes it difficult for rescue teams to reach isolated areas.

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Afghanistan: Afghan president pledges relief fund for avalanche victims

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 7:34pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Afghanistan, Pakistan

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 16:43 GMT

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Saturday pledged to set up a relief fund for the victims of avalanches that claimed over 280 lives, and called for international help with the relief effort.

Avalanches killed at least 286 people across Afghanistan last week, the bulk of the them in the mountainous province of Panjshir, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Kabul.

Some 1,250 homes were also destroyed by the huge sheets of snow, which engulfed whole villages as they swept down from the Afghan peaks after days of heavy blizzards.

"The losses caused by this natural disaster are huge and there is a need for massive assistance," Ghani said in a televised address.

On Saturday, the president announced three days of national mourning after visiting worst-hit Panjshir province, where at least 195 people lost their lives.

He also postponed a planned trip to neighbouring Iran to try to help with relief efforts.

Neighbouring Pakistan on Saturday sent two plane-loads of emergency relief goods for victims of the disaster.

"I have ordered the relevant authorities to set up a new relief fund, so that the people and the national entrepreneurs can donate to the affected people," said Ghani.

"We also open a relief fund for international assistance. The damages and losses caused are so huge that dealing with it is not something the government can afford on its own," he said.

The blizzards have also cut power supplies to Kabul and neighbouring provinces after heavy snowfall damaged cables running through the Salang Pass, part of the Hindu Kush mountain range that connects the capital to the north.

Afghan authorities said it will take them at least three weeks to restore normal power to the capital.

Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan's mountainous areas in winter. One in the remote far northeast in 2012 left 145 people missing, presumed dead.

Despite the billions of dollars in aid from the international community after the collapse of the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan remains among the world's poorest nations after decades of conflict.

Rescue efforts after disasters such as avalanches and flash floods, which often hit as snow melt in the spring, are frequently hampered by lack of equipment.

Poor infrastructure makes it difficult for rescue teams to reach isolated areas.

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Yemen: Yemen separatists pull out of UN-backed talks

Yemen - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 6:48pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Yemen

Aden, Yemen | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 14:25 GMT

ADDS ANTI-HUTHI PROTESTS

Separatists from southern Yemen suspended their participation in UN-sponsored talks on the future of the crisis-hit country as nine soldiers were wounded Saturday in a clash with secessionist fighters.

The violence coincided with a drone strike that killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen, tribal sources said.

An official in the southern province of Lahij told AFP that separatists opened fire on an army convoy and clashes broke out leaving nine soldiers wounded.

The separatists last week abducted 12 soldiers and threatened to kill them unless the army handed over a military base to offset the growing influence of the Shiite Huthi militia that has seized Sanaa.

Tensions in Yemen have soared since the Huthis overran the presidential palace in the capital in February and placed Western-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, a southerner, under house arrest.

Hadi escaped last week to Aden, where he has been reconsolidating his grip on power buoyed by support from Gulf states which have relocated their embassies to the southern city.

Several countries, including Britain and the United States, closed their embassies in Sanaa over security fears following the Huthi takeover.

On Saturday thousands of Yemenis flooded the streets of Sanaa to protest against the Huthis, and demonstrations also took place in the central cities of Ibb, Taez and Bayda.

Protesters in the capital, including large groups of women, held up banners that read "No to the (Huthi) coup" and "No to armed militias".

Some women also carried posters calling for the release of Frenchwoman Isabelle Prime, a consultant working on a World Bank-funded project who was abducted Tuesday in Sanaa with her Yemeni interpreter.

Yemen has never managed to achieve stability since longtime president Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in early 2012 after a bloody year-long popular uprising.

Hadi's escape to Aden has turned what was the capital of an independent south Yemen before unification in 1990 into a diplomatic hub.

Kuwait became the latest Gulf nation to reopen its Yemeni embassy in Aden, instead of the militia-controlled capital, following similar moves by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

Aden was the capital of an independent south Yemen before unification in 1990.

The Southern Movement, which seeks the secession of the regions of the formerly independent south, announced overnight Friday that it was pulling out of UN-brokered talks.

- Dispute over venue -

"We have suspended our participation in the (UN-backed) national dialogue until it is moved out of the country," Southern Movement member Yassin Mekkawi told AFP.

He said negotiators were facing mounting "political and psychological pressure".

UN envoy Jamal Benomar has been shuttling between Yemeni parties to secure an end to the country's political deadlock and to persuade them to return to the negotiating table in Sanaa.

But there has been widespread disagreement on the venue.

Benomar met Hadi in Aden on Thursday and said the latter wanted the talks moved to a "safe place to which the parties should agree".

Saleh's party, however, insists the talks resume in Sanaa, warning of a boycott.

The Huthis, who have long clashed with central authorities, descended from their power base in northern Yemen to seize Sanaa in September.

After moves to expand into southern and central Yemen were checked by fierce resistance from Al-Qaeda and from Sunni tribesmen, the militia grabbed the seats of power in Sanaa in February.

The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is seen by the United States as the deadliest branch of the global extremist network.

AQAP took advantage of a 2011 uprising that forced veteran president Saleh from power to seize large swathes of the south and east.

On Saturday, three suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a drone strike in the southern province of Shabwa, tribal sources said.

The United States is the only country operating drones in Yemen.

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Afghanistan: Afghanistan: Humanitarian Weekly Report (13 – 26 February 15)

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 12:54pm
Source: International Organization for Migration, US Agency for International Development Country: Afghanistan

Reporting Period: 13 – 26 February 15
Submission Date: 26 Feb 15

Northeast Region:

Badakhshan Province:

Location: Tangshew village, Maimai district, Badakhshan
Incident Type: Avalanche
Date of Incident: 26 Feb

As per initial information obtained from FOCUS, 8 houses are destroyed and 18 people are missing and 134 individuals have been evacuated to neighboring communities from the avalanche site. As per FOCUS there is no road connection to the village even during summer time and no means of functional communication system exists, there is ongoing snowfall and all the transport means to the village are closed. At the moment, air support is also not possible due to bad weather condition and continuous snowfall. The provincial government is monitoring the situation and will provide air support as soon as the situation gets better. IOM is closely coordinating with ANDMA and FOCUS and will conduct assessment once air support is provided by provincial government.

Location: Daray Khalafzar village, Yamgan district, Badakhshan
Incident Type: Avalanche
Date of Incident: 14 Feb

As per the initial information obtained from district authorities, a group of 20 people were rescuing their livestock that were trapped by an avalanche, a second sudden avalanche occurred. Four persons sustained injuries while 6 people went missing. So far only one dead body has been recovered and search for the rest is still ongoing. Those sustained injuries were taken to nearby clinic; no damages to the houses are reported. WFP and ANDMA have delivered food items to the locals searching for dead bodies.

Location: Khash village, Yamgan district, Badakhshan
Incident Type: Avalanche
Date of Incident: 13 Feb

As per the initial information obtained from ANDMA five houses completely destroyed and 15 were severely damaged, an assessment team comprised of FOCUS, WFP, ANDMA and district authorities carried an assessment on 18 Feb. 63 families were found affected in need of household items, winter warm clothing, food items and hygiene kits. Their houses were covered under the avalanche. Fortunately there were no causalities as the families were warned to leave their houses.

Romania: Romania intercepts boat with 70 migrants on board

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 12:22pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Iraq, Romania, Syrian Arab Republic

Bucharest, Romania | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 16:21 GMT

Romanian coastguard have intercepted a boat carrying 70 mainly Syrian and Iraqi migrants in the Black Sea, the interior ministry announced on Saturday.

Seven children, including a five-month-old baby, and twenty women were among those on board the fishing boat which came from Turkey.

The small boat was intercepted off the Romanian coast on Friday night after it encountered problems due to high winds and rough seas.

The migrants were rescued and escorted to the eastern Romanian port of Constanta for medical checks before being handed over to immigration authorities.

According to the coastguard this is the tenth such incident in two years.

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Iraq: Iraq truck bomb attack kills 11

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 12:15pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Iraq

Samarra, Iraq | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 15:21 GMT

A suicide truck bomb killed at least 11 Iraqi forces south of Tikrit Saturday during operations paving the way for an assault on the jihadist-held city, the army said.

"Three suicide bombers driving tanker trucks sped towards a gathering of security forces at a checkpoint," an army lieutenant colonel told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He said the attack took place near Sur Shnas, an archaeological site on the banks of the Tigris between the cities of Samarra and Tikrit, the main cities in Salaheddin province north of Baghdad.

"Security forces opened fire, managed to stop two but the third got closer to the group and blew himself up," the officer said.

Clashes ensued, he said, but "security forces successfully completed preparations to surround Ad-Dawr", a town just south of Tikrit which is controlled by the Islamic State jihadist group.

A hospital source in Samarra confirmed the toll of 11 dead.

The officer said a large operation would soon begin by army forces and volunteer fighters -- known as the Popular Mobilisation units -- aimed at retaking Tikrit, one of the jihadists' main hubs in the country.

Government forces have attempted and failed several times to wrest back Tikrit -- the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein -- since losing it to IS in June last year.

"We call on the people of Tikrit to leave their city within 48 hours to wrap up the battle of the revenge for Speicher," said Hadi al-Ameri, commander of the Popular Mobilisation.

His organisation confirmed the truck attack and said it caused casualties but did not say how many.

Speicher is a military base near Tikrit from which hundreds of new, mostly Shiite, recruits were kidnapped before being executed in the early days of the IS nationwide offensive in June 2014.

Shiite militias in particular have always vowed to avenge the Speicher executions, sparking fears of mass killings against Sunnis if Tikrit were to be recaptured.

Ameri heads the Badr organisation, arguably the most powerful Shiite militia in Iraq, and wields direct influence over the interior minister, who is one of his lieutenants.

Five people were also killed further south in Balad Ruz, a town northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province, that Badr helped recapture in January.

Local council member Said Majid said five people were killed and 15 wounded when a car bomb and an improvised explosive device went off in a market area.

IS fighters no longer hold fixed positions in Diyala but can still pose a security threat with such bomb attacks, as they do in the capital Baghdad.

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occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinian killed in blast near ruined Gaza airport

oPt - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 12:08pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 12:55 GMT

A young Palestinian was killed and his brother seriously wounded in an explosion on Saturday near the Gaza Strip's abandoned airport, the health ministry said.

"Naji Khaled Abu Sabla, 21, was killed and his brother Akram, 18, seriously wounded in the face and stomach when an unidentified device blew up in the area of the airport" in southern Gaza, said ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra.

Police suspect it was "a device left behind by the Israelis in the zone, where they make regular incursions", a local security source told AFP.

Israeli forces hit the airport's radar tower in 2001 when Palestinians launched an uprising, forcing it to close down. Further strikes reduced the airport buildings to rubble.

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Kenya: Kenya: Food Security Outlook Update - February 2015

Kenya - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 9:01am
Source: Government of Kenya, Famine Early Warning System Network, World Food Programme Country: Kenya

Food security continues to deteriorate during February to March minor lean season

KEY MESSAGES

  • Following the below-average October to December short rains, the number of food insecure people has been increasing. According to the 2015 short rains assessment conducted by the Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG), the food insecure population has increased to 1.6 million people, seven percent more than were assessed to be food insecure in August.

  • Short rains crops did not develop well in the southeastern, marginal, agricultural areas. As such, short rains maize production is expected to be up to 70 percent below average. The majority of households in these areas are currently Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and expected to remain so.

  • Hotter-than-normal conditions from January through March are likely to lead to a more severe than normal deterioration of rangeland conditions during the short lean season. Livestock productivity is continuing to decline. Low household incomes and low availability of livestock products are limiting food consumption. The majority of households in pastoral areas remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2), but localized areas that had an even drier short rains and have even fewer productive livestock in parts of Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Turkana, and Marsabit are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3).

Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Food Security Outlook Update - February 2015

Ethiopia - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 7:50am
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network, World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia

March to May rains may not fully restore rangelands in pastoral areas

KEY MESSAGES

  • Following the longer than usual dry season, due to the early end of the previous rains, the March to May Belg/Gu/Genna/Diraac/Sugum rains may be below average, not being sufficient to replenish water points and regenerate pasture and browse in pastoral areas. In particular, in areas where the June to September rains or October to December rains were below average, livestock body conditions and productivity will further deteriorate, reducing access to food and income. As a result, poor households in northeastern Afar and the lowlands of Borena Zone in Oromia will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through June. Furthermore, food security in southern Afar expected to decline from Stressed (IPC phase 2!) in February to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) from May to June.

  • Due to average Meher production, households’ food access and nutrition improved in most Meher-producing areas. However, Meher production was below average in some areas, and as staple food prices seasonally rise and food stocks are depleted, households will remain or become food insecure in the lowlands in the Tekeze River catchment in Wag Himra and North Gondar Zones in Amhara Region and in the lowlands in East and West Hararghe and West Arsi Zones in Oromia Region.

Afghanistan: Afghanistan Food Security Outlook Update February 2015

Pakistan - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 7:30am
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Afghanistan, Pakistan

Households in Badghis Province enter lean season with lower reserves than normal

KEY MESSAGES

  • Precipitation since the wet season began in October has been well below-average in most of Afghanistan through February. Although irrigation water will likely be sufficient for crops located in upstream areas, there is a risk that shortages may affect crops in areas further downstream during the primary March to July growing season.

  • Although current snowpack is well below-average in many basins, with a risk of adverse impact on the irrigated grain crop, the development of rainfed crops will depend on April to May rainfall. Although models indicate average precipitation during the season, uncertainty in the forecast poses a risk to rainfed production. A poor rainfed season would increase food insecurity by the end of June, primarily in northern Afghanistan where the majority of rainfed production occurs.

  • Badghis Province is entering the lean season with reduced stocks after below-average harvests in 2014. As households consume their food stocks, the province is expected to move from Stressed (IPC Phase 2) to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) by the beginning of April.

  • Due to low precipitation levels and above-average temperatures affecting snow accumulation and extent of cover, rice production is likely to be below the average and the 2014 season.

Afghanistan: Afghanistan Food Security Outlook Update February 2015

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 7:30am
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Afghanistan, Pakistan

Households in Badghis Province enter lean season with lower reserves than normal

KEY MESSAGES

  • Precipitation since the wet season began in October has been well below-average in most of Afghanistan through February. Although irrigation water will likely be sufficient for crops located in upstream areas, there is a risk that shortages may affect crops in areas further downstream during the primary March to July growing season.

  • Although current snowpack is well below-average in many basins, with a risk of adverse impact on the irrigated grain crop, the development of rainfed crops will depend on April to May rainfall. Although models indicate average precipitation during the season, uncertainty in the forecast poses a risk to rainfed production. A poor rainfed season would increase food insecurity by the end of June, primarily in northern Afghanistan where the majority of rainfed production occurs.

  • Badghis Province is entering the lean season with reduced stocks after below-average harvests in 2014. As households consume their food stocks, the province is expected to move from Stressed (IPC Phase 2) to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) by the beginning of April.

  • Due to low precipitation levels and above-average temperatures affecting snow accumulation and extent of cover, rice production is likely to be below the average and the 2014 season.

Afghanistan: Afghanistan Price Bulletin, February 2015

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 7:09am
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Afghanistan

Wheat is the staple food for most Afghans, comprising more than 70 percent of their diet. Low-quality rice is a poor, but sometimes necessary, substitute. All markets represent significant population centers and consumer markets. Kabul, the capital, supplies the central provinces and is a transit point between the north, south, east, and west. Jalalabad supplies the eastern part of the country and acts as a cross-border market with Pakistan. Mazar-e-Sarif supplies northern provinces and, in a good year, the southern provinces as well. Faizabad supplies the chronically food insecure northeast region. Maimana market supplies the drought-prone northwest region. Hirat supplies the west. Kandahar supplies the southwestern part of the country where drought, civil insecurity, and war often hinder market activity.

Côte d'Ivoire: Côte d'Ivoire : la Représentante spéciale de l'ONU appelle à des élections apaisées

Côte d’Ivoire - ReliefWeb News - 28 February 2015 - 2:07am
Source: UN Radio Country: Côte d'Ivoire

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En Côte d'Ivoire, en vue des élections prévues en 2015, la Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies pour ce pays a appelé les Ivoiriens à travailler pour que les élections à venir ne soient pas sources de tensions ni de conflits.

Dans le cadre d’une plate-forme d’échanges de la Mission de l'ONU avec les élus, cadres et le corps préfectoral de six régions administratives du pays sur leurs contributions en faveur de la paix et de la réconciliation nationale, qui s’est tenu cette semaine à Bouaflé, à 60 km de la capitale politique du pays, Yamassoukrou, Aïchatou Mindaoudou a souligné que “chacune et chacun des Ivoirens doit tout mettre en œuvre pour apporter sa pierre à la mise en place d'un environnement favorable à la tenue d'un scrutin crédible en 2015″ .

« Les élections sont un passage dans la vie d'une État démocratique et ne doivent pas donner lieu à des tensions ou des conflits », a déclaré la cheffe de la Mission onusienne dans le pays, signalant que chaque citoyens doit emprunter les voies légales s'il y a des contestations, liées ou non ou élections.

« C'est cela qui va illustrer et convaincre l'ensemble de la communauté internationale que la Côte d'Ivoire est redevenue la Côte d'Ivoire», a affirmé Aïchatou Mindaoudou.

(Extrait sonore : Aïchatou Mindaoudou, Représentante spéciale du secrétaire générale des Nations Unies pour la Côte d'Ivoire; propos recueillis par François Gombahi ONUCI FM)

Pakistan: USAID, AmanTech and UNDP provide vocational training to empower Pakistani youth

Pakistan - ReliefWeb News - 27 February 2015 - 11:58pm
Source: UN Development Programme Country: Pakistan

Karachi, February 27, 2015 – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), AmanTech, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed an agreement to work together to improve access to and quality of vocational training.

Speaking at a signing ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson said, “So many young people lack the skills and credentials they need to fill the many jobs that are available.” He added, “Our partnership with AmanTech and UNDP will train and create a skilled pool of over sixteen thousand workers that the private sector needs.”

In his remarks, Ahsan Jamil, Chairman of AmanTech said, “Aman Foundation’s motto is Transforming Lives, and AmanTech’s students are proof of this. The skills imparted to them here improve their standard of living. I thank USAID for strengthening Aman’s ability to empower the youth of Pakistan. I also thank the American Pakistan Foundation (APF) who facilitated our efforts to this end.”

In his remarks, Marc-André Franche, Country Director, UNDP, said, “ USAID’s support will enable UNDP and our partners to effectively improve skills and employment opportunities for more than 13,000 young people in the garment industry over the next three years. This is an important step that will empower young girls and boys to fulfil their potential as the architects of a prosperous and peaceful Pakistan and ensure long term economic growth in the country.”

Under the agreement, AmanTech will provide vocational training to under-served youth, certifying the graduation of at least 3,600 students, and also provide placement services, over a period of three years. UNDP will train over 13,000 youth, in partnership with the garment industry in Karachi, thereby enabling young girls and boys to be gainfully employed.

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath, USAID Provincial Director Leon S. Waskin, Aadil Mansoor, Assistant Country Director, Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit (CPRU), UNDP Harald Thorud, Programme Adviser, CPRU-UNDP, AmanTech CEO Zaheer Hussain, and Aman Foundation CMO Shehryar Ahmad also joined Ambassador Olson at the signing ceremony at Aman Foundation’s headquarters in Karachi.

Contact Information

Fatimah Inayet, Communications Analyst
E-mail: fatimah.inayet@undp.org

Nigeria: Encouragé par les efforts militaires régionaux visant Boko Haram, M. Ban Ki-moon préconise une approche multidimensionnelle pour contrer la barbarie

Niger - ReliefWeb News - 27 February 2015 - 10:42pm
Source: UN Secretary-General Country: Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria

SG/SM/16553-AFR/3085

La déclaration suivante a été communiquée aujourd’hui par le Porte-parole de M. Ban Ki-moon, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:

Le Secrétaire général condamne à nouveau fermement les attaques continues aveugles et atroces de Boko Haram contre les populations civiles du Cameroun, du Tchad, du Niger et du Nigéria. L’enlèvement et le recrutement d’enfants, y compris comme auteurs d’attentats-suicide, est particulièrement odieux.

Le Secrétaire général est encouragé par les mesures positives prises par les pays de la Commission du bassin du lac Tchad et le Bénin, avec l’appui de l’Union africaine, en vue de rendre opérationnelle la Force spéciale mixte multinationale pour contrer la menace posée par Boko Haram dans la sous-région. Il appelle tous les partenaires internationaux à appuyer ces efforts régionaux.

Le Secrétaire général exhorte les États concernés à faire en sorte que toutes les mesures prises pour combattre la menace terroriste de Boko Haram soient conformes au droit international des droits de l’homme, humanitaire et des réfugiés.

Il est préoccupé par l’impact des opérations militaires sur les populations locales du Cameroun, du Tchad, du Niger et du Nigéria et demande aux pays de la région d’accorder la plus haute priorité à la protection des réfugiés, des rapatriés et des personnes déplacées dans leur propre pays, y compris en leur apportant une aide nécessaire pour la survie. L’ONU renforce ses opérations humanitaires et augmente sa surveillance des droits de l’homme dans les pays affectés.

Le Secrétaire général est convaincu que la seule approche militaire ne suffira pas à contrer l’insurrection de Boko Haram. Ce n’est qu’à travers une approche multidimensionnelle qui s’attache aux griefs légitimes, aux violations passées et présentes des droits de l’homme, et aux causes profondes du conflit, que l’on pourra répondre efficacement à la menace barbare posée par Boko Haram à la paix et la sécurité régionales et aux populations locales.

À l’intention des organes d’information • Document non officiel.

Nigeria: Encouragé par les efforts militaires régionaux visant Boko Haram, M. Ban Ki-moon préconise une approche multidimensionnelle pour contrer la barbarie

Chad - ReliefWeb News - 27 February 2015 - 10:42pm
Source: UN Secretary-General Country: Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria

SG/SM/16553-AFR/3085

La déclaration suivante a été communiquée aujourd’hui par le Porte-parole de M. Ban Ki-moon, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:

Le Secrétaire général condamne à nouveau fermement les attaques continues aveugles et atroces de Boko Haram contre les populations civiles du Cameroun, du Tchad, du Niger et du Nigéria. L’enlèvement et le recrutement d’enfants, y compris comme auteurs d’attentats-suicide, est particulièrement odieux.

Le Secrétaire général est encouragé par les mesures positives prises par les pays de la Commission du bassin du lac Tchad et le Bénin, avec l’appui de l’Union africaine, en vue de rendre opérationnelle la Force spéciale mixte multinationale pour contrer la menace posée par Boko Haram dans la sous-région. Il appelle tous les partenaires internationaux à appuyer ces efforts régionaux.

Le Secrétaire général exhorte les États concernés à faire en sorte que toutes les mesures prises pour combattre la menace terroriste de Boko Haram soient conformes au droit international des droits de l’homme, humanitaire et des réfugiés.

Il est préoccupé par l’impact des opérations militaires sur les populations locales du Cameroun, du Tchad, du Niger et du Nigéria et demande aux pays de la région d’accorder la plus haute priorité à la protection des réfugiés, des rapatriés et des personnes déplacées dans leur propre pays, y compris en leur apportant une aide nécessaire pour la survie. L’ONU renforce ses opérations humanitaires et augmente sa surveillance des droits de l’homme dans les pays affectés.

Le Secrétaire général est convaincu que la seule approche militaire ne suffira pas à contrer l’insurrection de Boko Haram. Ce n’est qu’à travers une approche multidimensionnelle qui s’attache aux griefs légitimes, aux violations passées et présentes des droits de l’homme, et aux causes profondes du conflit, que l’on pourra répondre efficacement à la menace barbare posée par Boko Haram à la paix et la sécurité régionales et aux populations locales.

À l’intention des organes d’information • Document non officiel.

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