30 April 2015, Rome--- The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization is calling for $8 million in aid to help Nepalese farmers during this time of crisis in the country. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal last week, has killed thousands and has left approximately 3.5 million in need of food assistance. According to FAO, this call for aid is urgently needed to help farmers rapidly recover lost agricultural inputs. They must also resume preparations for the upcoming rice sowing season set to start in mid-to-late May.
29 April Nairobi/Mogadishu--- Somalia exported a record 5 million livestock to Gulf markets in 2014 thanks to heavy investments in animal disease prevention, according the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. This is the highest number of live animals exported from Somalia in the last 20 years. With the lift a 9-year ban on the import of livestock, the country is now in a position to strengthen its economy and the livelihoods of the millions of livestock owners throughout Somalia.
Concerns over the spread of high impact transboundary animal diseases are mounting in Lebanon and neighbouring countries as millions of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria have brought with them large numbers of unvaccinated sheep, goats, cattle, and other animals. FAO has been able to carry out a vaccination campaign with funding from the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID), as this short report illustrates.
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