Source: Norwegian Refugee Council |

Saving lives in one of the world's most dangerous countries

Sixty percent of Somalia's population depends on agriculture or livestock such as sheep, goats, camels and cattle

Millions in Somalia need humanitarian aid because of extreme weather conditions and conflict. However, relief work is difficult and dangerous in a country that has been ravaged by armed conflict for almost 30 years The UN warns that more than 1.2 million people will experience crisis levels of hunger by…

Source: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) |

Nairobi Summit looks at solutions to climate change and environmental degradation for women and girls

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) notes that population growth and changes in demographics drive environmental change

In mid-November, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted a summit in Nairobi, Kenya to rally the political will and financial commitments urgently needed to implement the goals of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) adopted by 179 governments in Cairo. That 1994 declaration recognized the delicate balance between population and natural…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to Rwanda

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, led by Laure Redifer, visited Kigali during October 31- November 13, 2019

Rwanda continues to make notable progress in sustaining high and inclusive growth; Real GDP growth outpaced expectations, averaging 10.3 percent in the first half of 2019; IMF staff have reached preliminary agreement with the government, subject to approval by its Executive Board, on policies that could support completion of the…

Source: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) |

Cattle Keepers and Farmers in Bahr El Ghazal Agree on Peaceful Coexistence During Tense Dry Season

The aim of the talks was to minimize the annual conflicts that cattle movements during the dry season tend to generate

Disarming cattle keepers before they enter farming areas and making sure that compensation is paid to landowners whose crops have been destroyed by roaming animals are two of the measures that communities in the Tonj, Gogrial and Wau areas have been discussing at a conference this week. The aim of…

Source: Greenpeace |

Greenpeace Africa on floods across the continent: “Without Climate Action we’ll be queuing for Noah’s Ark”

With floods hitting at least 16 African countries, Greenpeace Africa urges leaders to act for the people and against climate change

Rains have increasingly been torrential in the past months, striking large parts of East Africa and elsewhere, in unprecedented intensity in decades, causing at least dozens of deaths, displacement of more than one million people. Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org/africa/en/) calls on Africa’s leaders to provide immediate aid to those affected, but also…

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Wefarm secures $13 Million in funding to scale its Smallholder Agricultural Ecosystem

Wefarm Marketplace hits $1 million in sales in its first eight months

Wefarm (Wefarm.co) the digital network for global small-scale agriculture, today announced it has raised $13 million in a Series A financing round led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm True Ventures (TrueVentures.com). This financing round will help Wefarm further scale its network of 1.9 million farmers, and its newly created…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Disease outbreaks in Sudan: Dengue Fever, Rift Valley Fever and Chikungunya

Government authorities and humanitarian partners are actively responding to these outbreaks across the country

Over the past couple of months, Sudan has been facing numerous disease outbreaks including Cholera, Dengue Fever, Rift Valley Fever (RVF) and Chikungunya. Dengue Fever, RVF and Chikungunya are vector-borne diseases while Cholera is waterborne. The increase of these outbreaks can be linked to the recent floods in the country…

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EU provides €40 million to boost sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

In Africa, the programme will support both aquaculture and fisheries value chains

ACP-EU-FAO initiative to invest in value chains that stimulate inclusive growth, bolster food security and minimize impacts on the marine environment Today the EU, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) signed a €40 million, five-year programme (FISH4ACP)…

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Fish Farming in Northern Niger boosts Local Economy

This week, International Organization for Migration (IOM) completed a fish farming project in Bilma, in the Kawar region in northern Niger, to the benefit of more than 6,500 people

The adoption of the law N° 2015-36 criminalizing the smuggling of migrants in the country – that, and the closing of several gold mines, once magnets drawing job seekers – have left many people living along northern Niger’s migration routes in search for alternative income-generating activities. Together with local authorities,…

Source: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) |

Indian Peacekeepers help to control major animal disease outbreak in Upper Nile (by Samuel Adwok Deng)

Indian peacekeepers serving in Malakal examined the afflicted cattle to identify the cause of the fatalities and administered vaccinations to curb the risk of further outbreaks

Following a rash of enigmatic livestock deaths earlier this September, local authorities in the Fashoda and Central Upper Nile regions have turned to the bovine expertise of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to help fortify the animals against the malevolent specters. Last week, Indian peacekeepers serving in…