In Cameroon’s Anglophone Regions, Some Schools Reopen After 4-Year Closure

YAOUNDE – Civilians in Cameroon’s restive English-speaking regions have braved separatists’ threats and reopened close to 140 of about 475 schools closed by fighters in the last four years. Some Anglophone activists have, for the first time since the crisis began, backed the civilians in the initiative to reopen closed schools, while some fighters are threatening to abduct teachers and students who resume classes. But hundreds of children, who have been deprived of education, and their teachers are returning to the schools despite threats. Roland Ngwang, the highest government secondary…

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WFP Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Fighting Hunger

The World Food Program has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and to improve conditions for peace in conflict areas. The WFP said it was “deeply humbled” to have won. “This is an incredible recognition of the WFP family, working to end hunger every day in 80+ countries,” tweeted WFP Executive Director David Beasley, who described himself as “speechless” in a video posted to the platform. “They’re out there; poor countries, climate extremes, it doesn’t matter, they’re out there and they deserve this award,”…

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Nobel Prize committee puts hunger as a war strategy on the international agenda

PAX congratulates World Food Programme (WFP) with the Nobel Peace Prize 2020. According to the Nobel Committee, the WFP not only contributes to the global fight against hunger, but also to stability and peace. “Acute hunger can often be traced back to armed conflict. Unintentionally, or on the contrary as a deliberate war strategy,” says Anna Timmerman, general director of PAX. “The recognition of WFP’s work will hopefully give an impulse to combating hunger as a war strategy. The effect of hunger as a war strategy can be clearly seen…

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Open Society to Increase Commitment to Global COVID-19 Response

NEW YORK—As COVID-19 continues to devastate communities around the world, the Open Society Foundations today announced $70 million in global investments, focused on providing immediate relief for vulnerable communities and pushing back against government encroachment on political freedoms. The new commitment supports work by an array of local partners in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. This follows on an initial emergency funding package of $130 million announced in April, bringing the total Open Society investment to combat COVID-19 around the…

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Remarks by World Bank Group President David Malpass at the Mobilizing with Africa II Event

Thank you, Kristalina. I’d like to join you in welcoming UN Secretary-General Guterres, and all the Ministers and guests with us. And thank you to the IMF for co-hosting this event and for the continued close partnership between our institutions. These are unprecedented times, and in the six months since this group last gathered, the world has changed profoundly. The pandemic and global recession are wiping out more than a decade of poverty alleviation. COVID could push over 40 million people into extreme poverty across the African continent. Our collective…

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East Africa Market and Trade Update, September 2020

Highlights International maize, wheat and rice prices were generally on an upward trend in August in response to sustained export demand. Staple food prices in the region showed mixed trends; prices have increased in Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan; while they have decreased in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, and remained stable in Djibouti. Livestock conditions were good due to favourable rangeland conditions. Livestock prices increased in many pastoral markets and were at higher than normal levels. However, supply interruptions triggered by closure of the Somali-Kenya border resulted in…

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East Africa – Desert Locust Crisis, Fact Sheet #7, Fiscal Year (FY) 2020

• FAO expects desert locust infestations to persist across Ethiopia and Somalia through at least March 2021. • Yemen remains a reservoir for desert locust breeding, posing a continued threat to the Horn of Africa region. • Widespread breeding in Red Sea coastal areas of Eritrea and Sudan will substantially increase infestations in Eritrea in particular. • Since January, control operations have prevented 1.5 million MT of crop loss at harvest time, safeguarding the food security of 9.9 million people and protecting grazing areas for the livestock of 687,000 households.…

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