Barack Obama launched a new initiative against wildlife trafficking on Monday, using his executive authority to take action against an illegal trade that is fueling rebel wars and now threatens the survival of elephants and rhinoceroses.
The initiative, announced as the president visited Tanzania on the final stop of his African tour, was the second time in a week Obama has used an executive order to advance environmental policy, after announcing a sweeping new climate change plan.
Monday's executive order would set up a presidential task force to draw up a new strategy for cracking down on the criminal gangs behind the explosion in trafficking, as well as choke off demand for elephant ivory, rhino tusk and other animal parts.
BAMAKO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently working with partner organizations to reach families in northern Mali whose access to food has been reduced by the on-going conflict and is expected to worsen with the oncoming lean season, from April to June.
“I was able to go to Timbuktu last week and I saw how critical the humanitarian situation really is,” said Sally Haydock, WFP Country Director in Mali. “The areas around Timbuktu are unsecured and difficult to access, markets are not functioning properly, foods prices are high, fuel prices are high, and there is a lack of liquidity, which means that people are not able to buy the basic necessities.”
Credit Photo: WFP/Daouda Guirou
Meals are also provided in local schools to
ensure children get the calories and nutrition they need while giving them an added incentive to keep coming to class.
In the northern regions of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal, one household out of five faces extreme food shortages, with a significant deterioration of household food consumption in over the past weeks, according to recent analysis by the humanitarian community.
WFP is stepping up the transport of food by road and riverboat, and recently launched a logistics operation to bring in food from Niger. Deliveries by road to Kidal have resumed, with 1,000 metric tons of food successfully reaching the region, enough to feed 34,000 people for two months.
Emergency school feeding is underway in 128 schools in Gao to assist 28,100 school children. Additionally, the school feeding programme has begun in Timbuktu this month in 76 schools.
In April, WFP is planning to provide food assistance to 145,000 people in Timbuktu; 86,700 in Gao; 34,500 in Kidal and 130,000 in Mopti, In other parts of the country WFP is planning to reach 37,000 vulnerable people in Ségou and 4,100 in Kayes.
Under its current emergency operation, WFP plans to support 564,000 people in Mali on a monthly basis, including about 360,000 in the North. WFP also plans to assist 163,000 Malian refugees on a monthly basis in Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger.
WFP operations in Mali and neighbouring countries require around US$312 million. The overall shortfall is US$159 million. The operation is currently 51 percent funded.
London: Millions of people might face starvation by 2050 as a result of extreme temperature globally.
A report has warned that people in Africa and Asia could also become destitute as staple more than double in price by 2050 as a result of extreme temperatures, floods and droughts that will transform the way the world farms.
As food experts gather at two major conferences to discuss how to feed the nine billion people expected to be alive in 2050, leading scientists have told the Observer that food insecurity risks turning parts of Africa into permanent disaster areas.
Inspired by the story of a young girl growing up in one of Africa’s biggest slums, WFP supporters rallied to provide more than 50,000 meals for World Food Day. Destined for hungry children in schools around the world, most of the meals arrived in the last hours of the campaign.
ROME—A young girl from one of the biggest slums in Africa inspired supporters to raise more than 50,000 school meals during a World Food Day campaign that surged past its goal in the final hours before the deadline.
The campaign revolved around a video about a girl named Molly growing up in Nairobi’s Mathare slum. Much of the footage was shot by Molly herself using a video camera that was given to her last year by WFP staff in Kenya.
“The footage she shot is amazing because it captures the real nitty gritty of everyday life for the poorest of the poor,” says Web Editor Martin Penner. “It's her telling us how she lives, what's important for her. No film-maker could have gotten material as authentic and raw as this.”
Like more than 20 million other children around the world, Molly and her classmates are getting an education with the help of WFP’s school meals programme.
Down to the wire
The campaign gave supporters the chance to provide a meal to a child like Molly by watching a video illustrating the impact of that food on her life and taking a short quiz based on what they had seen.
Supporters also had the option of making a donation, which many did. Though primarily a drive to raise awareness, the campaign raised over $10,000 for school meals programmes around the world.
It’s an impressive tally for a campaign that came down to the wire. Two weeks after it launched and with less than 24 hours to go before World Food Day, the campaign had raised just over 10,000 meals. “We were starting to get a little nervous,” Penner admits.
But WFP supporters rallied on World Food Day to put the total over 50,000. People from dozens of countries and private-sector companies watched and shared the video, which was seen more than 172,000 times in English, Spanish, French and German.
All of the meals raised through the campaign will go to children like Molly whose surest route to a better life is through an education. School meals not only give kids an added incentive to keep coming to school, but give them the energy to do their best in class.
That’s especially important for girls who are often kept at home by their parents to work and do chores. Studies show that educated women have higher incomes and healthier families. According to the World Bank, an extra year of schooling can raise a girl’s future wages by 10 to 20 percent and cut rates of infant mortality by up to 10 percent.
“Molly is an amazing person,” said Penner. “But there are hundreds and hundreds of kids like Molly out there, kids who just need a chance to show what they can do, to lift themselves and their families out of poverty and hunger.”
WFP celebrates World Food Day (16 October) by reaffirming its commitment to helping communities overcome food insecurity. In Mozambique, WFP works with its partners so smallholders can improve the quality of their produce and gain better market access. WFP also supports asset creation and social safety nets in the fight against hunger in Mozambique.
MAPUTO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) honours World Food Day (16 October) by reaffirming its dedication to work with communities, civil society, governments and the private sector to end hunger in our lifetimes.
Over the last year, communities on almost every continent have felt the devastating impacts of high food prices, natural disasters, climate emergencies and conflict, which have exacerbated hunger and poverty. Fortunately, working with partners across the globe WFP’s food assistance has brought hope and relief to millions.
“WFP faces many challenges as we work to ensure that the hungry poor receive the right food at the right time,” says WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “From the Sahel region stricken by the third drought in recent years, to unrest in the Middle East, to communities whose imported staple foods have become inaccessibly expensive, WFP delivers life-saving food assistance where it is needed most.”
In 2011, WFP reached almost 100 million people in 75 countries, including over 11 million children who received special nutritional support and 23 million children who received school meals or take-home rations.
“In Mozambique, WFP works with the Government, civil society and other UN agencies to reduce food insecurity and undernutrition by strengthening the capacity of small farmers, helping them improve the quality of their produce and their market access,” says WFP Country Director for Mozambique Lola Castro. “WFP also contributes to finding sustainable solutions to hunger by supporting the Government in the creation of assets and the use of social safety nets, often involving the use of ATM cards and other technology”.
The theme of this year’s World Food Day is “Agricultural cooperatives—key to feeding the world.” WFP works with agricultural cooperatives and farmer’s organizations in many countries around the world, providing training to help improve crop quality, strengthen business practices and increase access to markets. In particular, WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot project has worked with more than 800 farmers’ organizations, comprised of more than one million smallholder farmers, in 20 countries to build capacity and maximize developmental impact of food procurement.
WFP celebrates World Food Day along with its sister UN food agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The three Rome-based agencies often work closely together to invest in and boost the production of smallholder farmers and increase people’s access to nutritious food.
For more information please contact:
Lola Castro (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel. 21482200)
Jerónimo Tovela (Email: email@example.com; Tel. 21482244; Mobile: +258823185960)
The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in Mpumalanga would like to advise all residents of the province that there are currently seven veld fires (five in Lowveld and two in Highveld) underway. These fires are under control and being monitored by the disaster management teams.
Eight Working on Fire aircrafts and two teams are deployed while twenty one aircrafts and fifteen teams are on high alert. The damages experienced are restricted to forestry and there are no structural losses, injuries or fatalities reported.
All Joint Operation Committee (JOC) role players are on stand-by and participating as required. The Provincial Disaster Management Centre together with fire protection associations and working on fire are closely monitoring the situation.
The department has instructed all municipalities to be on full alert and standby for any possible fires. Residents must report any fires as quick as possible to their closest fire brigade.
The department would also like to warn residents of the province especially those living in the Highveld areas of Gert Sibande and Nkangala Districts to expect very cold conditions with possible snowfalls in some areas persisting until tomorrow.
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Issued by: Mpumalanga Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
7 Aug 2012
The Central African nation of Gabon on Wednesday burned all the elephant tusks and ivory ornaments it had in its stockpile — an amount equivalent to 850 elephants — so that smugglers, via corrupt government officials, won't get their hands on the black market commodities treasured in China and other parts of Asia.