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Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa - Chico Enterprise-Record
24/03 - 2015

Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa
Chico Enterprise-Record
Over the past few years, this drought has left farms and livestock in California thirsty and farmers unsure of what to do. And it has forced the areas with the most overexploited groundwater basins to develop sustainable local water management plans.

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R24 Million for KZN Drought Relief - AllAfrica.com
10/04 - 2015

R24 Million for KZN Drought Relief
AllAfrica.com
The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has welcomed an additional R24 million from the National Disaster Management Centre to be used for drought relief in the province's long-suffering ...

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SA's worst maize drought a timeous reminder for politicos - BizNews
30/03 - 2015

BizNews

SA's worst maize drought a timeous reminder for politicos
BizNews
MAIZE Challenges faced by farmers in South Africa's premier maize producing region have been taken off the scale by the worst drought in 22 years – the third worst since recording began in 1918. Although extreme weather conditions are never welcomed, ...

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South Africa Imports First Yellow Corn in a Year Due to Drought - Bloomberg
8/04 - 2015

Bloomberg

South Africa Imports First Yellow Corn in a Year Due to Drought
Bloomberg
South Africa, the continent's largest producer of corn, imported the yellow variety for the first time in almost a year as a local drought curbs production. The country bought 21,137 metric tons from Argentina in the week ended April 3, the Pretoria ...

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African Players in Europe - Brilliant Bolasie Ends Goal Drought in Style - AllAfrica.com
14/04 - 2015

African Players in Europe - Brilliant Bolasie Ends Goal Drought in Style
AllAfrica.com
He ended his goal drought in fine fashion with a hat-trick in a 4-1 win at Sunderland. After Glenn Murray opened the scoring early in the second half, Bolasie hit the back of the net three times in 11 minutes. He raced onto Murray's flick before ...

News from Reliefweb

ReliefWeb Updates
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World: ReliefWeb User Survey Results 2014
18/04 - 2015
Source: ReliefWeb
Country: World

World: ReliefWeb Highlights 2014
24/02 - 2015
Source: ReliefWeb
Country: World

2014 was another record year for ReliefWeb, with over 4.97 million users accessing ReliefWeb more than 12 million times.

We added more than 54,000 reports and maps to ReliefWeb and covered all the year’s major crises such as the West Africa Ebola outbreak, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

We also introduced some great new initiatives that were designed to help you more easily access the humanitarian information on ReliefWeb. These included: Improved API, Organization Pages, Disaster Alerts, New filters and advanced search, and Content Trends.

World: Surge Capacity Section: 2014 Surge Deployments
13/02 - 2015
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World

In 2014, the Surge Capacity Section (SCS) in the Emergency Services Branch carried out 209 deployments to 29 countries: 93 from the Emergency Response Roster (ERR), 72 from the Stand-By Partnership Programme (SBPP), 33 from the Associates Surge Pool (ASP), eight from the Senior Surge roster and three from the Roaming Emergency Surge Officer (RESO)/Roaming Operational Stability Officer (ROSO) roster.

World: United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC)
9/02 - 2015
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World

The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency.
UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.

World: Violence against aid workers in 2013 [EN/FR/SP]
19/08 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World

2013 set a new record for violence against civilian aid operations, with 251 separate attacks affecting 460 aid workers. The spike in attacks in 2013 was driven by escalating conflicts and deterioration of governance in countries like Syria and South Sudan.

Violencia contra trabajadores humanitarios en 2013

El año 2013 marcó un nuevo record en actos de violencia contra operaciones de ayuda, con 251 ataques efectuados a 460 trabajadores humanitarios. Este repunte es liderado por conflictos en progreso y el deterioro de la gobernabilidad en paises como Siria y Sudán del Sur.

Violences contre les humanitaires en 2013

L'année 2013 a enregisté un record de violence contre les opérations humanitaires, avec 251 attaques faisant 460 victimes parmi le personnel humanitaire. La hausse des attaques est due notamment à l'escalade des conits et la détérioration de la gouvernance dans les pays comme la Syrie et le Soudan du Sud

World: CERF underfunded emergencies: 2014 2nd round, as of 21 July 2014
24/07 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, World

In June 2014, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$75 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support 11 countries in two regions where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low: West Africa’s Sahel and the Horn of Africa. With this regional approach, CERF aims to help relief agencies address the complex and interlinked regional consequences of violent conflict, mass displacement of people and deepening food insecurity. This is the second of two annual Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) rounds.

News from Preventionweb

PreventionWeb

PreventionWeb Documents & Publications
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Climate-resilient development: a framework for understanding and addressing climate change
21/04 - 2015
This framework offers a simple yet robust five-stage approach to help decision-makers and development practitioners at all levels systematically assess climate-related risks and prioritize actions that promote climate-resilient development. Developed by USAID's Global Climate Change Office, this “development-first” approach helps decision-makers...
Citizen voices on the HFA2 survey: an initiative of the disaster diary project
21/04 - 2015
This document presents the results of a survey on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA2), launched by the disaster diary project on October 24, 2014, with the objective of collating citizens' general understanding of disaster risk and their expectations of an international framework for disaster risk reduction. As experts convene...
Disaster management in Japan / 日本の災害対策
20/04 - 2015
This document gives an overview of the challenges and progress made by Japan in disaster risk management (DRM). The document explains Japans disaster management system and the countermeasures taken by Japan in preventing, preparing, responding to, and recovering from disasters. It explains disaster reduction activities of citizens and draws attention...
Priorities in resilience for children, adolescents and youth in Latin American and the Caribbean
20/04 - 2015
This declaration of children and youth for the resilience of Latin America and the Caribbean was submitted at the fourth thematic session of the regional platform for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the Americas (RP14). The children, adolescents and young built the declaration based on six thematic areas that emerged or were identified during the consultations....
Community clusters of tsunami vulnerability in the US Pacific Northwest
20/04 - 2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences (PNAS) April 13 2015: 1420309112v1-201420309, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1420309112This article presents an analytical framework for understanding community-level vulnerability to tsunamis that integrates population exposure, demographic sensitivity, and evacuation potential.In the article, three types of communities...
Implementing the European Regional Framework for Action to protect health from climate change - a status report
17/04 - 2015
This report provides a snapshot of the implementation status of measures to protect health from climate change in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region by the end of 2012. It describes and summarizes the answers to a survey across the countries. A total of 22 Member States answered questions focusing on eight thematic areas or topics:...

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