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 - The outbreak of Ebola virus disease, first reported in March 2014, has severely affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in tragic loss of life and adversely impacting agriculture and food security. On 18 September 2014, the United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted Resolution 2177 (2014) urging immediate action to curb the spread of the disease. The outbreak ...read more
07/10/2014
 - FAO STRATEGY The most urgent priority of FAO and all UN partners is stopping the epidemic of the Ebola virus disease outbreak and ending the tragic loss of life. Immediate action must also be taken to avoid a potential food security crisis. Therefore, FAO’s strategy focuses on supporting life-saving activities while ...read more
07/10/2014
 - HIGHLIGHTS FAO is providing assistance in four critical areas of intervention, in support of 155 600 families in the Philippines: Rice and corn farming – FAO has supported some 100 000 rice and corn farmers since December 2013. Livelihoods were restored rapidly, with big returns. For example, the rice seed distributed by ...read more
05/10/2014
 - Key points Despite the resumption of rainfall in the region, countries along the Atlantic coast still record rainfall deficits affecting agricultural and pastoralist production. The extension of the pastoralist lean season, due to delayed onset of rains, caused poor animal body condition and even loss of livestock in some countries in the ...read more
24/09/2014
 - FAO's response Funds received to‐date have enabled FAO to distribute 413 575 000 livelihood kits (crop, vegetable, fishing), as well as vaccinating more than 1 million animals, and reach more than 1.5 million people. Funds are urgently required to ensure FAO can reach its target of 3.3 million people and begin prepositioning ...read more
23/09/2014
 - BACKGROUND The past six months have witnessed an unprecedented Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak that has affected five countries in West Africa. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the most affected countries, and some cases were reported in Nigeria and Senegal. This outbreak is unprecedented in scale and geographical spread and ...read more
23/09/2014
 - Madagascar is prone to natural disasters, including drought, floods, cyclones and locust crises. The current locust plague began in April 2012, following a two-year upsurge that was not addressed owing to insufficient means. Given the extent of the plague, as well Madagascar’s high rates of food insecurity and malnutrition, it ...read more
22/09/2014
 - 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
18/09/2014
 - En juillet 2014, la pluviosité à Madagascar a diminué par rapport à celle du mois de juin. Par conséquent, le dessèchement des strates herbeuses se poursuivait et les populations acridiennes diffuses continuaient à coloniser les zones de dépression et les bas-fonds où la végétation restait encore verte. En outre, les ...read more
17/09/2014
 - Food insecurity An estimated 6.3 million people in Syria are highly vulnerable to food insecurity and in critical need of food and agriculture support. The crisis has severely limited food production, marketing and imports. With localized drought in much of the country, food production is expected to further decline. Livelihood loss, ...read more
16/09/2014