|No.4 November 2006|
|Crop Prospects and Food Situation|
Food Emergencies Update
In Western Africa, in spite of a generally satisfactory food supply situation, localized food insecurity is reported in several countries including Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Niger, mostly due to lack of access problems.Emergency food assistance continues to be needed in Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for large numbers of IDPs and refugees as a result of civil conflicts.
In Central Africa, in the Central African Republic, the majority of the population face food insecurity following disruption in production and marketing activities as a result of civil conflict.
In Eastern Africa, severe flooding in the Horn of Africa,
after several weeks of excessive rains, has resulted in loss of life,
damaged infrastructure and housing and caused crop and livestock losses.
Overall, it is estimated that up to 1.8 million people have been adversely
affected by the floods in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
In affected pastoral areas of these countries, the floods follow drought
conditions early in the year that resulted in acute food shortages and
serious livestock losses. Emergency assistance operations to these populations
are being hampered by impassable roads and bridges.
In Southern Africa, despite a significant improvement
in most countries’ 2006 cereal harvests, food insecurity persists in several
In the Great Lakes region, the continuing civil strife
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has affected large numbers
of people who need food assistance.
In Asia, food rations for millions of people in the Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea will remain reduced as a result of the
suspension of food aid.
In the Near East, conflict and insecurity in Iraq
has caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.
The food situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip also gives cause for serious concern due to food shortages and market disruption which are aggravated by current tense political situation.
Among the Asian CIS countries, a drought-reduced harvest in Armenia in 2006 has rendered large numbers of people food insecure in the current marketing year 2006/07 (July/June).
In Central America, assistance continues to be required for vulnerable people in Honduras, and Haiti where torrential rains in late November resulted in severe floods in the north-west region of Port-de-Paix.
In Europe, military operations and civil conflict continue to affect social and economic activities in Chechnya. Many internally displaced people require food assistance.
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