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 - Highlights Over 534,000 people are at risk of food insecurity up to June 2016 (one in every four people in Lesotho) – the number is likely to go up beyond 725,000 people after June 2016. Over 377,000 people require immediate food or cash assistance to enable them to access food from the ...read more
09/03/2016
 - Background On 20 and 21 February, Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji, causing widespreaddamage in all four divisions: Eastern, Northern, Western and Central. With sustained winds of 230 km per hour and gusts of325 km per hour, the tropical cyclone was one of the most ...read more
04/03/2016
 - Humanitarian needs in Ethiopia have tripled since the beginning of 2015 as one of the strongest El Niño events on record has caused severe drought, leading to successive crop failures and widespread livestock deaths. The drought started in early 2015 with unfavourable belg rains (March–May) and continued with late and ...read more
16/02/2016
 - To address the consequences of the global phenomenon of El Niño, FAO is moving forward on the development of response plans for emergency interventions, recovery and resilience building. Including Ethiopia, 20 countries (in Africa, the South Pacific, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean) are being targeted as high priority, with ...read more
15/01/2016
 - Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a zoonotic, viral, vector-borne disease representing a threat to human health, animal health and livestock production in Africa, the Near East and potentially Europe and the rest of the world. In this EMPRES WATCH, a description of the past RVF epidemic in East Africa during ...read more
21/12/2015
 - During El Niño episodes the normal patterns of tropical precipitation and atmospheric circulation become disrupted triggering extreme climate events around the globe: droughts, floods and affecting the intensity and frequency of hurricanes. Disasters create poverty traps that increase the prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition. Agriculture is one of the ...read more
09/12/2015
 - Central America is one of the regions most vulnerable to disaster risks due to its geographical location, high climate variability, exposure to extreme hazards and the institutional and socio-economic weaknesses of its population. Agriculture and food and nutrition security face multiple threats that can cause damage and disrupt regular weather ...read more
21/09/2015
 - Highlights The rainfall situation has improved markedly in most parts of the region. However, some areas particularly the south of Benin, Ghana and Togo, northwest Mali, central Mauritania, northeast Niger and northwest Chad still experiencing rainfall deficits. Livestock remains affected by the long lean period especially in areas that have experienced delayed ...read more
16/09/2015
 - The current emergency affecting Colombia is at present the most severe registered emergency of the past 60 years. The increase in rainfall owing to La Niña has caused unprecedented floods that, according to data by the Government of Colombia, claimed 315 lives and affected 2 325 479 people in the ...read more
01/09/2011
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