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 - The end of the winter period was marked by the first rains in late September. These rains have continued throughout October, resulting in the growth and greening of the vegetation and in a first replenishment of soil water reserves. However, some regions in the southwest of Madagascar are still very ...read more
31/10/2014
 - HIGHLIGHTS The unprecedented political and military crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), which started in December 2012, has devastated the country’s overall economy with the Gross Domestic Product falling by 37 percent in 2013 compared to 2012. The agricultural sector, the backbone of the economy, has also contracted by 46 percent ...read more
29/10/2014
 - Key points The agricultural productions (cereal and pulses) are expected to be lower than the five-year average in the Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal. Market cereal supply is adequate with stable or decreasing prices, except in some markets in Mali, Senegal, Chad and Niger where price increases have been observed. The prevention ...read more
24/10/2014
 - FAO's response Funds received to‐date have enabled FAO to distribute 458 928 livelihood kits (crop, vegetable, fishing), as well as vaccinating more than 1.5 million animals, and reach more than 1.8 million people in South Sudan. FAO is currently preparing and pre‐positioning inputs for the upcoming season, while continuing ongoing distributions for ...read more
23/10/2014
 - An FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM), with support from the Ministry of Agriculture (MinAgri), to identify and evaluate factors impacting on agricultural production in 2014, estimate national cereal production and assess the overall food security situation. The mission visited Madagascar from 18 June to 17 July 2014. Highlights: Rice production (Madagascar’s staple crop) ...read more
23/10/2014
 - HIGHLIGHTS The current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa is the world’s largest Ebola outbreak recorded to date. The epidemic is severely affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in deaths and adversely impacting the food security of affected populations. If not addressed now, the consequences of the outbreak could lead ...read more
22/10/2014
 - For the first time, the Government of Japan is supporting FAO’s efforts in Mali to assist food-insecure households and improve their access to food during the 2014/2015 campaign. FAO project, entitled "Immediate assistance to vulnerable populations in the regions of Gao, Mopti and Timbuktu in Mali by restoring agro-aquaculture productivity ...read more
20/10/2014
 - FAO’s response A major food crisis has been contained thanks to timely donor support that has allowed emergency crop production support, saving families from a domino effect of continued losses, as well as preventing farmers from adopting negative coping strategies with long-term effects. Resilience building FAO and NGO partners have provided crop production ...read more
16/10/2014
 - En août 2014, la pluviosité à Madagascar était faible, variant de 15 à 50 mm dans l’Aire grégarigène et de 0 à 50 mm dans l’Aire d’invasion sauf dans l’Aire d’invasion Nord Betsiboka Hautes-Terres (AINB-HT) où elle était supérieure à 50 mm. Par rapport au mois précédent, une légère augmentation ...read more
16/10/2014
 - The concept of ‘resilience’ and its practical application in food security and nutrition, both in policy formulation and implementation, has recently become a topical issue among the humanitarian and development communities. This issue has taken on importance as nutrition has received greater attention as illustrated by the growing number of ...read more
09/10/2014