COVID-19 Rapid Food Security Vulnerability Impact Assessment Report – Conducted in Lusaka and Kafue Districts (June 2020)

Executive Summary Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to disrupt the livelihoods of thousands of vulnerable families in Zambia. This has the potential to reinforce poverty and deepen food and nutrition insecurity. Furthermore, economic disruptions that have slowed down investments, resulted in high unemployment and declined remittances. Resultant adverse effects on some macroeconomic fundamentals, such as the exchange rate and fiscal expenditure allocations, may have a pass-through effect on slowing down economic activity. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the economic impact of COVID-19 will likely result in negative 2.6…

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WFP Regional Bureau Cairo for Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe COVID-19 Situation Report #14, 14-27 August 2020

Highlights As of 6 September, there were 1,325,001 reported cases of COVID-19 within the countries in which WFP is active in the region. There has been a 13 percent increase in cases over the last two weeks (24 August – 6 September) and a 31 percent increase in cases over the last month (9 August – 6 September). As schools in the region begin reopening, WFP is collaborating with host governments and other agencies for a safe start to the new academic year and recommencing school feeding activities. A total…

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Mapping Nature to Create a Global Biodiversity Framework

KAMPALA, Uganda, Sep 14 2020 (IPS) – The year 2020 was considered a “Super Year” for biodiversity. A string of interconnected events offered a unique opportunity to build a global coalition and international policy framework that recognized the central role of nature to all life on Earth. At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15), 196 governments were due to agree on targets that will shape action on nature for the next 30 years, while at the UN Climate Conference (COP 25) governments were to have the final opportunity to increase…

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UNICEF West and Central Africa Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 6 (Reporting Period: 30 July – 31 August 2020)

Highlights • As of 31 August 2020, a total of 220,331 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 3,580 associated deaths, were reported in West and Central Africa Region (WCAR). • 21 out of the 24 countries in the region are reporting community transmissions, while three are reporting clusters of cases. • 6.7 million people have been reached with critical WASH services • 34 million children were supported with distance/home-based learning opportunities Situation Overview and Needs The number of COVID-19 cases in West and Central Africa (WCAR) continue to rise, though on average…

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