"FAO launched at the World Urban Forum in Medellín, a new report on urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Latin America and Caribbean region. The report, entitled "Growing Greener Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean", reviews the progress that has been made toward realizing "greener cities" in which urban and peri-urban agriculture is recognized by public policy, included in urban development strategies, supported by agricultural research and extension, and linked to sources of training, technological innovation, investment and credit, and to urban markets and consumers.
The report is available in English and Spanish. It is based on an FAO survey of UPA in 110 of the region’s towns, municipalities and cities. It includes in-depth profiles of agriculture as it is practised today in and around Havana, Mexico City, Antigua and Barbuda, Tegucigalpa, Managua, Quito, Lima, El Alto (Bolivia), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Rosario (Argentina).”
You can read the publication online, or download the PDF, here:
Without direct assistance, Yehia predicts that most of these 15,000 small-holding farmers would be forced to depart Al Hasakah Province to seek work in larger cities in western Syria. Approximately 100,000 dependents — women, children and the elderly or infirm — would be left behind to live in poverty, he said. Children would be likely to be pulled from school, he warned, in order to seek a source of income for families left behind. In addition, the migration of 15,000 unskilled laborers would add to the social and economic pressures presently at play in major Syrian cities. A system already burdened by a large Iraqi refugee population may not be able to absorb another influx of displaced persons, Yehia explained, particularly at this time of rising costs, growing dissatisfaction of the middle class, and a perceived weakening of the social fabric and security structures that Syrians have come to expect and — in some cases — rely on.
28 January 2014, ODI talk on “build back better”:
"In 2004 the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated the lives of millions of people across 14 countries. The response took on the responsibility not only to save lives or even restore livelihoods, but to leave disaster struck communities safer and stronger than before the disaster. This goal became known as ‘build back better’; a slogan frequently heard again throughout responses to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008 and the Haiti earthquake of 2010. Nine years later the ideal remains: the language of ‘building back better’ and ‘bouncing back better from crises’ is now common in the call for emergency agencies to take responsibility for incorporating ‘resilience building’ in their response.
But what exactly should ‘better’ look like? Better for whom, where, how? Is there anything in common in what those who speak of building back better mean - can it even be called an approach at all? Is it right to invest in building back better if it distracts attention and money away from the urgent and often overwhelming need to feed, treat and shelter people who have nothing but the clothes they stand up in? Questions that can be applied to the Philippines response, as the country recovers from Typhoon Haiyan.
What can today’s discussions on resilience building learn from the past decade’s experience of trying to use disasters as an opportunity for bringing about transformative change? Join us for the launch event of the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG)’s ‘Disaster as Opportunity? Building Back Better in Aceh, Myanmar and Haiti’, a paper that seeks to contribute to the resilience debate through an examination of what ‘build back better’ meant in three disaster responses, the Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the earthquake in Haiti.”
Lilianne Fan - Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group
Jo da Silva - Director, Arup International Development
Priscilla M. Phelps - Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction Advisor, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
Simon Levine - Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group
Unfortunately from Los Angeles it will be too early to participate, but this does look of interest.
ALNAP’s next Urban Webinar will be on 23 January, 2-3pm GMT. For more information and to register please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7031277159571382530
Urban violence, even though it may not qualify as warfare under international humanitarian law, can involve large numbers of people who are killed, injured, raped, kidnapped, tortured and forcibly displaced. Violence is sometimes short-lived, but it can also become chronic. Urban violence creates a particularly challenging context for humanitarian organisations.
This webinar is based on ALNAP’s latest Lessons Paper Humanitarian Interventions in Situations of Urban Violence (to be published on the ALNAP website next week). The author of the paper, Elena Lucchi, will present important emerging lessons and raise awareness of the humanitarian consequences of urban violence. Intended primarily for field staff involved in programme design and evaluation, the webinar will help humanitarian organisations to start establishing criteria for engagement in situations of urban violence and to improve humanitarian responses, which specifically address the effects of violence. A number of case studies will be used to illustrate the main lessons.
The webinar will be chaired by Paul Knox Clarke, Head of Communications and Research (ALNAP) and the main presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with Elena and Kevin Savage, Research Co-ordinator, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs -World Vision International.
"When all this is over, the world community needs to bring effective pressure to end the blockade of Gaza," he said.
"Any normal community would struggle to recover from this disaster. But a community that has been subjected to one of the longest blockades in human history, whose public health system has been destroyed and where the risk of disease was already rife, must be freed from these man made constraints to deal with the impact of a natural calamity such as this," the statement continued.
Chris Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson, quoted in Maan NewsAgency article.
The Gaza Strip is currently under a state of emergency due to severe weather conditions caused by a historic storm front moving south across the Levant.