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 - Cultivated mainly on marginal lands by small-scale farmers, cassava is an inexpensive and essential part of the diet of vulnerable communities across Africa. Millions of people depend on the crop. Two virus diseases are now threatening the cassava production in East and Central Africa. With funding from the European Union, the ...read more
10/10/2013
 - An FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM), including both financial and technical support from IFAD and the Ministry of Agriculture (MinAgri), visited Madagascar from 19 June to 13 July 2013. Highlights: Madagascar’s 2013 rice output is estimated at 3.6 million tonnes (paddy), about 21 percent below the above-average level of ...read more
09/10/2013
 - The FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF) is the Organization’s overarching approach for integrated – emergency and longer-term – country level programming. As much as possible, programming in transition settings should derive from existing CPFs, as well as contribute to their formulation or evolution. Agriculture-based growth and productive rural employment, including for ...read more
08/10/2013
 - Safe access to cooking fuel can save lives in humanitarian contexts; supporting safe access to sufficient and appropriate cooking fuel for affected populations requires greater attention and a multisectoral approach from the humanitarian system. The collection, supply, and use of biomass cooking fuel in emergencies creates a myriad of risks for ...read more
08/10/2013
 - The vulnerabilities of people living with HIV are considerably exacerbated by the effects of humanitarian crises: HIV is an “emergency within the emergency”. Food and nutrition insecurity is both a driver of the epidemic and a consequence of the impact of AIDS: it increases susceptibility to, transmissibility of, and exposure to ...read more
08/10/2013
 - Key points: A situation of food insecurity still prevails in Northern Mali Good rains recorded in August and September mitigate the effects of late start of rains In Niger and Nigeria principally, floods damage households’ livelihoods Start of seasonal decrease of cereal prices in most markets of Sahel, in Benin and in Liberia.  
30/09/2013
 -  The lean season continues in the Sahel, and the poorest households are still facing difficulties accessing adequate food. Floods have caused crop losses and affected livelihoods in the Niger and Nigeria. With the USD 20.9 million received so far in 2013, FAO is assisting more than 1.7 million beneficiaries by supporting food ...read more
30/09/2013
 - Afin de passer en revue les actions menées par la FAO face à la crise au Sahel en 2012 et de partager les bonnes pratiques, le Bureau Sous-régional des Urgences et de la Réhabilitation de la FAO-Afrique de l’Ouest/Sahel a organisé à Dakar du 4 au 6 décembre 2012 un ...read more
27/09/2013
 - Gender equality is central to FAO’s mandate to achieve food security by raising the levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity and natural resources management, and improving the lives of rural populations. Crises, conflicts or natural disasters do not affect everybody equally. In wartime, women and children disproportionally suffer; in natural disasters, ...read more
26/09/2013
 - FAO is guided by international humanitarian, refugee and human rights law, including the right to adequate food. FAO has endorsed and encourages all responsible parties to follow the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. FAO advocates a ‘twin track’ approach in displacement settings, aiming to save and support lives and livelihoods of ...read more
26/09/2013