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Combating food insecurity and displacement in drought-hit parts of Afghanistan
22 April 2014 (IRIN ), Ghor is one of the Afghan provinces most severely affected by consecutive droughts over the past few decades, creating alarming food shortages and displacement. Authorities admit the government’s weakness has prevented the implementation of large-scale, long-term responses like water management projects. Instead, aid workers have turned to small-scale projects, which they admit cannot solve all the community's problems, but have had some positive impact.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99973/Combating-food-insecurity-and-displacement-in-drought-hit-parts-of-Afghanistan
Survival of the biggest - side-lining of local NGOs in disasters
21 April 2014 (IRIN ), Five days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Paul Valentin was giving a TV interview in his role as international director of Christian Aid.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99963/Survival-of-the-biggest-side-lining-of-local-NGOs-in-disasters
Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters
16 April 2014 (IRIN ), Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99948/Bigger-badder-the-challenge-of-urban-disasters
New-concept flood insurance could help Bangladesh's poor
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), A new insurance scheme in which pre-determined flood thresholds trigger speedy compensation offers hope for poor people in flood-prone Bangladesh, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99928/New-concept-flood-insurance-could-help-Bangladesh-s-poor
Kariba Dam collapse fears and disaster preparedness in Zimbabwe
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Could fears of the imminent collapse of the more than five-decade-old Kariba Dam on the Zambezi river between Zimbabwe and Zambia spur Zimbabwe into more effective disaster preparedness?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99904/Kariba-Dam-collapse-fears-and-disaster-preparedness-in-Zimbabwe
Kenya’s Sharia-friendly livestock insurance
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), A mutual insurance scheme based on Islamic Sharia law has been launched to reduce the impact of extreme weather events on pastoral livelihoods in Kenya’s arid northern regions where perennial drought often decimates thousands of livestock.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99909/Kenya-s-Sharia-friendly-livestock-insurance
Predicting disease outbreaks in a changing climate
4 April 2014 (IRIN ), Satellite and other new technologies could be deployed to help predict disease outbreaks and give us more time to devise strategies to counteract them, suggests the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report,which cites examples of how weather information can be used in the battle against deadly pathogens.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99887/Predicting-disease-outbreaks-in-a-changing-climate
Analysis: How effective is Pakistan’s disaster authority?
3 April 2014 (IRIN ), The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was set up shortly after the 2005 quake that killed at least 87,000 people in northern Pakistan to act as the “implementing, coordinating and monitoring body” for disaster management.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99880/Analysis-How-effective-is-Pakistan-s-disaster-authority
Mutant wheat fungus alarms food experts
2 April 2014 (IRIN ), Outbreaks of a deadly fungal disease in wheat crops in Germany and Ethiopia in 2013 have had the scientific community buzzing over the threat posed to global food security.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99877/Mutant-wheat-fungus-alarms-food-experts
Women: Victims of conflict or agents of change?
27 March 2014 (IRIN ), Women are the biggest victims in natural disasters and conflicts, yet they are also the most resourceful, experts told an aid conference in Dubai. Thus, aid agencies should do more to develop women as agents for change and development.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99847/Women-Victims-of-conflict-or-agents-of-change
West Africa scores high in disaster risk
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Researchers at the Madrid-based humanitarian research non-profit DARA have developed a new methodology, the risk reduction index, that they say could help more countries assess and reduce the risk of natural hazards and disasters. But an assessment using the index, carried out in six West African countries, found pervasive risks and limited capacity to reduce vulnerability.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99778/West-Africa-scores-high-in-disaster-risk
An alarming outlook for Senegal’s hungry
12 March 2014 (IRIN ), The number of food insecure in the Sahel is expected to grow from 11.3 million in 2013 to more than 20 million in 2014, mainly due to an increase in cases in northern Nigeria, northern Cameroon and Senegal. IRIN went to Louga, in northern Senegal, to find out why the number of hungry is so high.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99773/An-alarming-outlook-for-Senegal-s-hungry
Under chronic stress, Niger farmers are losing ground
3 March 2014 (IRIN ), Farmers in drought-ridden parts of Niger are facing a dangerous combination of stresses - chronic drought, land degradation, pests and poor seeds - which threaten to throw them even deeper into hunger and poverty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99733/Under-chronic-stress-Niger-farmers-are-losing-ground
All weather is local - getting the forecasting right for farmers
25 February 2014 (IRIN ), With the lean season reaching its peak, many villages in Zimbabwe have already exhausted their staple grain reserves. The most recent Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report projects that at least two million people, out of a population of 13 million, will be without sufficient food until the end of March. But had they had access to high-quality rain forecasts for their areas, communities could have better prepared for the period between harvests, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99705/All-weather-is-local-getting-the-forecasting-right-for-farmers
Owning your crisis - aid partnerships in Haiti*
21 February 2014 (IRIN ), Globally, humanitarian agencies are stressing the need for better partnerships during response, with local NGOs, the private sector, and government administrations. Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, aid agencies were criticized for not doing enough to include or empower local authorities in emergency responses and recovery efforts. Four years later, IRIN has spoken to Haitians, government officials and aid agencies, to see whether this had changed.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99680/Owning-your-crisis-aid-partnerships-in-Haiti
Indonesia’s lagging volcano preparedness
21 February 2014 (IRIN ), As Indonesia deals with the aftermath of two volcanic eruptions, experts question whether the country is well-equipped to face the threats from dozens of volcanoes that dot the archipelago.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99681/Indonesia-s-lagging-volcano-preparedness
Burundi’s avoidable flood deaths
18 February 2014 (IRIN ), Building and planning code violations were largely to blame for the deaths - amid torrential rain earlier this month - of dozens of people in Burundi’s capital, and the destruction there of 3,500 homes, according to a leading urban planning expert who noted that numerous reports had warned of just such an eventuality.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99663/Burundi-s-avoidable-flood-deaths
Jumble of needs complicate aid to Afghanistan’s displaced
18 February 2014 (IRIN ), Authorities and humanitarian agencies in Afghanistan have struggled for decades with displacement, insecurity and natural disasters. But when delivering assistance, officials must make difficult distinctions among the long-term displaced, the short-term displaced and host communities living in abject poverty - divisions that fuel tension and resentment, and give rise to shrewd efforts to work the aid system.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99667/Jumble-of-needs-complicate-aid-to-Afghanistan-s-displaced
Mauritania fertile ground for Arab donors
17 February 2014 (IRIN ), Drought-prone, chronically hungry Mauritania, with the help of the UN, is reaching out to Arab donors, encouraging them to reach beyond their customary role in development and engage in humanitarian response.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99656/Mauritania-fertile-ground-for-Arab-donors
Lingering hardship after Nigeria floods
14 February 2014 (IRIN ), Residents displaced by the 2012 deluge in Nigeria’s Kogi State have by now returned to their villages, where the lingering destruction and scarcity of food have increased hardship. But the struggle to recover has also inspired agricultural transformation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99648/Lingering-hardship-after-Nigeria-floods

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