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Coronavirus - Malawi: Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) Country Brief - Malawi (03 August-2020)

Estimated 1.9 million people in need of food assistance in first quarter of 2020; food insecurity conditions likely to worsen due to effects of COVID‑19

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT Cereal production in 2020 estimated at bumper level, helping to bolster households’ food supplies and keeping national import requirements at below‑average level in 2020/21 Prices of maize decreased seasonally from March 2020, but remained higher on yearly basis as of June Estimated 1.9 million people in need…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Migrant workers and remittances in the context of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa

Urban-to-rural return migration increases due to lockdowns and job losses in cities

MAIN MESSAGES • African migrants stimulate economic growth and development in areas of destination, transit and origin through their labour, skills transfer, consumption and investments. Their remittances also make significant contributions to food security, human capital, rural development and overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in areas of origin. • The…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - led global COVID-19 Food Coalition gains momentum

Soaring unemployment rates, income losses and rising food costs are jeopardizing food access in developed and developing countries alike

The Italian government-proposed initiative aims to tackle the long-term impacts of the pandemic on food and agriculture, engaging more countries to support the efforts The COVID-19 Food Coalition, launched by the Government of Italy and led by FAO, is gaining momentum, as more countries are joining the initiative in an effort…

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    • The IKEA Foundation's support will boost efforts by FAO, in partnership with UNHCR, to help 17 000 refugees and local residents earn a decent income by growing high-quality crops, using regenerative farming methods that protect the environment
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IKEA Foundation contributes $3.5 million to support Food and Agriculture Organization''s (FAO) work with refugees and host communities in eastern Africa

Initiative seeks to increase self-reliance of vulnerable populations and lay the groundwork for increased agribusiness investment

A $3.5 million dollar contribution from the IKEA Foundation will support efforts by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to empower refugees and their host communities in one of the world's largest displacement crises. The partnership will help vulnerable populations in Kenya and Uganda to generate…

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Coronavirus: Kenya beats back desert locust upsurge for now, but East Africa remains at risk

At the moment Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) is fighting the second generation of Desert Locusts

Q&A with Cyril Ferrand, Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Resilience Team Leader for East Africa How is the Desert Locust campaign in East Africa going? At the moment FAO is fighting the second generation of Desert Locusts. We have made significant progress in a number of countries, especially in Kenya,…

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Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: Belgium supports anticipatory action project

Belgium contributes to an anticipatory action project aimed at enhancing the food security and nutrition of populations affected by COVID-19 in Zimbabwe

The Government of Zimbhas declared the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic a national disaster and has introduced several urgent and essential health-related measures, including a national lockdown, now partially eased. The effects of these essential COVID-19 measures are having repercussions on the country’s already fragile situation and are expected to…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launches Hand-in-Hand geospatial data platform to help build stronger food and agriculture sectors post COVID-19

One million geospatial layers and thousands of statistics for over ten food and agriculture-related domains

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today launched the Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform with a large and rich set of data on food, agriculture, socioeconomics, and natural resources to help strengthen evidence-based decision-making in the food and agriculture sectors. The platform is a crucial tool for all…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Global action needed now to halt spread of deadly pig disease

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launch a joint initiative for the Global Control of African swine fever

Pork is the most consumed meat in the world, representing 35.6 percent of global meat consumption. In recent years, African swine Fever (ASF) - which may cause up to 100 percent mortality in pigs - has become a major crisis for the pork industry, causing massive losses in pig populations…

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Coronavirus - Africa: New report identifies 27 countries heading for COVID-19-driven food crises

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) collaborate on a unique analysis of countries on the precipice of what could be the worst food crisis in generations

New analysis out today by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) identifies 27 countries that are on the frontline of impending COVID-19-driven food crises, as the pandemic's knock-on effects aggravate pre-existing drivers of hunger. No world region is immune, from Afghanistan and Bangladesh in…

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    • FAO's new programme aims to mitigate the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while strengthening the longer-term resilience of food systems and livelihoods
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Coronavirus - Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launches the new COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme outlining seven key priority areas

The UN Agency also calls for joint coordinated global response to support food and agriculture

FAO unveiled today its new comprehensive COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, aimed at preventing a global food emergency during and after the COVID-19 pandemic while working on medium to long-term development response for food security and nutrition. The agency is calling for $1.2 billion in initial investment to support the needs…