Tags: food security

Environmental disaster: Linking partners to tuberculosis prevention around the Aral Sea

The Aral Sea has shrunk to just one third of its original size over the past three decades, creating a humanitarian disaster for millions of people who live around its shores. As ecological and economic stability have crumbled, thirst, malnutrition and disease have followed. This case study presents the extensive programme of humanitarian food aid …

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HIV/AIDS, disaster and food security: the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society pilot project

As a result of commitments made by African National Societies at the 2000 Pan African Conference, the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society (BSRCS) decided to implement a food security pilot project. This project is implemented through a tripartite agreement between the Finnish Red Cross, the BSRCS and the International Federation of the Red Cross and …

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From emergency to development. Reducing vulnerability to food insecurity: the experience of the Mali Red Cross

As part of efforts to combat food insecurity in Mali, four communes in Goundam Circle (M’Bouna, Bintagoungou, Tin-Aïcha and Essakane) were assigned to the Mali Red Cross by the Secretariat for Food Security of the Malian Government. These communes are especially vulnerable because they are situated on the shores of Lake Faguibine, which has almost …

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Ethiopian droughts: reducing the risk to livelihoods through cash transfers

South Wollo, in northern Ethiopia, is one of the zones hit by food insecurity. The population depends on agriculture and livestock for its livelihood. But recurrent drought has forced them to sell many assets and plunged them into destitution. As mountainous soils erode, the increasing pressure on available land makes matters worse. This case study …

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Developing regional food security capacity: The East Africa regional food security working group

The 5th Pan African Conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, committed National Societies to address food insecurity throughout Africa. Supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the RCNET National Societies developed a regional food security working group (RFSWG) in 2002. This resource presents the objectives of the working group, details …

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Swaziland: good food security practices to share and replicate

This publication provides an overview of the various sustainable nutrition-enhancing and revenue-generating projects undertaken by the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society, in association with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Finnish Red Cross, and examines their merits, as well as the challenges encountered, leading to recommendations for those who …

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Community-based food security work in Rwanda: A Rwandan Red Cross experience

For the Rwandan Red Cross (RRC), the starting point for support was severe food insecurity experienced in Bugesara and Umutara provinces in 1999. Subsequently, the RRC launched a national-level vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA) to identify the main types and areas of vulnerability throughout the country. This information was intended to help the RRC to …

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Reducing food insecurity: the Liberian Red Cross Society’s experience

Towards the end of 2002, the Liberian Red Cross Society began to provide basic farming implements including tools, seeds, insecticides and fertilizers to communities in three of Liberia’s 15 counties: Grand Bassa, Margibi and Rivercess. These counties were selected based on the level of vulnerability, determined from the conclusions of needs assessments carried out before …

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