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 - Highlights Consecutive seasons of poor rainfall in southern and southeastern pastoral areas have driven increasing humanitarian needs. At USD 1.25 billion, Ethiopia’s Midyear Review of the 2017 HRD is among the largest humanitarian appeals in the world. A surge in food insecurity – now affecting 8.5 million people, up from 5.6 million in ...read more
30/08/2017
 - Highlights Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System (FSNMS) Round 20 has been finalized in most areas; however, access challenges were noted in Ayod, Leer, Mayendit, Morobo, RagaandYei. Training of trainers for 50 farmer field schools (FFS) and junior farmer field and life schools (JFFLS) are taking place across Eastern Equatoria. Seed fairs and ...read more
28/08/2017
 - FAO’s Famine Prevention and Drought Response Plan is part of a wider humanitarian response involving UN, and international and local NGO partners to prevent a famine this year in Somalia. It complements WFP, UNICEF and other partners’ response plans to address the main dimensions of food and nutrition insecurity. FAO’s updated ...read more
21/08/2017
 - Despite widespread emergency response in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector last year to the El Niño-induced drought, humanitarian needs remain high in 2017. New threats to food security are emerging – including severe drought in southern and southeastern pastoral areas and a growing refugee crisis in Gambella Region. Livelihood recovery will remain ...read more
10/08/2017
 - Highlights Data is coming in from the 20th round of the countrywide Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System (FSNMS) assessments being conducted in preparation for next IPC release (planned for September). Crop assessments are ongoing, with a focus on monitoring the outbreak of the Fall armyworm, and preparations are underway for an ...read more
07/08/2017
 - The Abyei Administrative Area (AAA) is a contested zone located on the central border between South Sudan and Sudan. Its status has remained unresolved since South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011, and the governments failed to agree on the border division. A United Nations peacekeeping mission, the United Nations Interim Security Force ...read more
01/08/2017
 - Chestnut (Castanea species) are trees providing crucial resources for livelihoods in many parts of the world, with a wide range of economic, social and environmental benefits. The Asian chestnut gall wasp (ACGW) Dryocosmus kuriphilus Yasumatsu (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) is considered to be one of the most harmful insect pests of chestnut ...read more
27/07/2017
 - Key messages Food security in parts of Syria has slightly improved, but the overall situation remains far worse than before the crisis. Approximately 6.9 million people are food insecure and a further 3.1 million are at risk of food insecurity, as asset depletion strategies are being adopted to meet consumption needs. According to ...read more
25/07/2017
 - This report consolidates findings from previous activities by FAO and other stakeholders, and identifies in the four focus countries (Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti & Somalia): - the location and direction of the main livestock trade routes, - appropriate sites for rehabilitation & development of strategic livestock water sources, - good practices ...read more
24/07/2017
 - Tsetse-transmitted trypanosomosis is a lethal parasitic disease of humans and livestock. The disease severely limits mixed livestock–crop agriculture in over 10 million km2 of highly productive land in sub-Saharan Africa. Direct and indirect losses due to trypanosomosis are estimated in billions of dollars every year. The disease is often neglected ...read more
23/07/2017