Source: The World Bank Group |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) drives Sub-Saharan Africa toward First Recession in 25 Years

The analysis shows that COVID-19 will cost the region between $37 billion and $79 billion in output losses for 2020 due to a combination of effects

Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has been significantly impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and is forecast to fall sharply from 2.4% in 2019 to -2.1 to -5.1% in 2020, the first recession in the region over the past 25 years, according to the latest Africa’s Pulse, the World Bank’s twice-yearly…

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Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Coronavirus - Burkina Faso: UNHCR warns chronic lack of resources contributing to new crisis in Burkina Faso

The COVID-19 pandemic is now further aggravating what is already a complex mix of crises

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned more lives are at a risk in Burkina Faso’s Centre…

Source: Bizcommunity |

The Bizcommunity: Not taking lockdown lying down

Bizcommunity’s essential daily business-to-business information provides a snapshot overview of 19 industry sectors that helps companies keep a virtual presence alive

In true South African spirit, even in times of adversity, daily stories of generosity and ingenuity abound. Never have we been more proud of how business communities are using our publishing platforms than since the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Recent comments from UK press (https://bit.ly/3aPhB6T) referring to South Africa’s 'formidable leadership'…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

Coronavirus - Tanzania: Floods in Lindi - Emergency Plan of Action Operation Update 2, Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)

Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) through this DREF operation, is responding to flood affected families in Lindi region, South East Tanzania

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action: This Operation Update No.2 reports on the detailed assessment, seeks to extend the timeframe by two months (for a total of 6 months). Indeed, with support from the deployed surge, the detailed assessments planned in Operation Update 1 has now…

Source: The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini |

Coronavirus - Eswatini COVID-19 essential services as regulated

This is an attempt to mitigate the spread of the global pandemic that is COVID-19

Subsequent to the statement by His Excellency Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini on the 1st April 2020, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade hereby prescribes the essential indutries that will continue to operate during the period of the partial lockdown. This is an attempt to mitigate the spread of the global pandemic…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Largest ever agreement with Norwegian Church Aid to fight Poverty

The agreement provides a total of NOK 1.75 billion over five years to support Norwegian Church Aid’s sustainable development work in sub-Saharan Africa

Norwegian Church Aid has signed an agreement of record size with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. The agreement provides a total of NOK 1.75 billion over five years to support Norwegian Church Aid’s sustainable development work in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world. ‘Norwegian Church Aid has…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Number of hungry people spikes in Central Sahel as COVID-19 looms

Across the Central Sahel -- a region that encompasses Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger - the situation is extremely worrying, with the number of hungry rising steadily as the crisis deepens

The humanitarian crisis in the Central Sahel region of Africa is spiralling out of control - with more than 5 million people facing severe food insecurity across the region, according to a new joint food security assessment released today by food security partners including the United Nations World Food Programme…

Source: African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) |

Coronavirus - Sudan: UNAMID supports Government of Sudan in combating desert locusts amid COVID-19 Global Pandemic

UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative /Joint Chief Mediator (JSR/JCM) Jeremiah Mamabolo, contributed 10 off-road vehicles to the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources

At a unique virtual handover ceremony and press conference, UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative /Joint Chief Mediator (JSR/JCM) Jeremiah Mamabolo, contributed 10 off-road vehicles to the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Eisa Osman Sharief, as part of the Mission’s resolve to continue its operational support to the Transitional Government…

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African Development Bank approves $1.5 million emergency grant to curb desert locusts ravaging East and Horn of Africa

The proposed assistance will be channeled to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) on Wednesday approved a $1.5 million emergency relief grant to assist nine countries in the East and Horn of Africa on the control of swarms of desert locusts that are threatening livelihoods and food security. The proposed assistance will be…

Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Member of the Executive Council (MEC) Ivan Meyer on Western Cape agriculture measures duirng Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

Dr Ivan Meyer expressed his satisfaction that organized agriculture has been proactive in putting in place measures to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus

Since the declaration of a national disaster, the Western Department of Agriculture has been working closely with a number of its stakeholders. Commenting on the engagements with stakeholders Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer expressed his satisfaction that organized agriculture has been proactive in putting in place measures…