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Urgent action required to prevent a major food crisis in Eastern Africa: IGAD-FAO-WFP joint statement 27 July 2020

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region faces an unprecedented triple threat to food security caused by the combined effects of recent severe floods, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and an upsurge of desert locusts. Additionally, there is an increased risk of below-average rains during the upcoming October to December season which could further threaten food

African leaders convene talks over Nile dam tensions

ADDIS ABABA, African leaders sat down on Tuesday for a virtual meeting about Ethiopia’s controversial mega-dam across the Blue Nile. It comes after recent talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt ended without a deal. Ethiopia hopes the dam will bring electricity to tens of millions of its people currently living without access to regular power,

How, and Where, Covid-19 Is Spreading in Africa

Lessons from Ebola are being applied continent-wide, and could work in U.S., says WHO doctor By Noah Smith Africa currently has the second-fewest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the world, except for the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific region, according to the most recent WHO figures. In total WHO Africa member states have 623,851

West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (14 – 20 July 2020)

GHANA OVER 2,000 HEALTH WORKERS INFECTED WITH COVID-19 Some 2,065 health workers in Ghana have been infected with COVID-19, according to authorities. As of 19 July, six medical staff have reportedly died of the virus. Ghana has one of the best screening rates in subSaharan Africa. Nevertheless, as early as April, the country’s main medical

Mixed Migration Flows in the Mediterranean – Compilation of Available Data and Information May 2020

A total of 3,123 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe through different land and sea routes in May 2020, which is 88 per cent more than the 1,658 registered in the previous month (April 2020), 2 times less than the 7,360 sea and land arrivals registered in May last year, and 4 times less than

Nutrition in Africa’s drylands: A conceptual framework for addressing acute malnutrition

The UNICEF conceptual framework of the causes of malnutrition has been widely adopted across both development and humanitarian spheres. However, there are key elements of the framework that require urgent re-emphasis and updating. There are also significant gaps in the framework itself related to the systemic drivers of acute malnutrition. These gaps limit the framework’s

UNHCR Niger Update Agadez: Refugees and asylum seekers in Agadez, July 2020

Background Niger is situated in a geopolitically sensitive area linking the Sahara Desert with the Sahel, and West with Central Africa. The country has become a major hub for mixed movements northwards to Libya, Algeria and the Mediterranean while at the same time witnessing an increasing number of people fleeing Libya or being deported from

West Africa Seasonal Monitor (01-10 July 2020)

Highlights • Despite the improvement in rainfall conditions since mid-June followed by mostly well distributed rainfall in early July, rainfall amounts remain low in many areas. Thus in early mid-season, West African region remains characterized by very high variability and wide areas of the region continue to experience rainfall deficits. • The vegetation dynamics are

UNICEF Angola Humanitarian Situation Report No.2 for the period 1 Jan – 30 June 2020

Highlights 350,396 people reached with agreed quantity of water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene; 3,098,035 children aged 0 to 59 months vaccinated against Polio Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) rates in provinces worst affected by drought remain persistently high in 2020, with a 120 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2019. Admissions