Japan grants emergency assistance to support populations affected by conflict in Mindanao, the Philippines
Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has allocated US$2 million in emergency funding to the Philippines through the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The grant will provide food, health care, water, and sanitation to people displaced by the ongoing conflict on the island of Mindanao, where violence erupted in late May 2017 between government forces and Islamic militants.
The Italian Ministry of Health establishes taskforce for the Decade of Action on Nutrition
On July 11, 2017, the first meeting of the Italian taskforce to implement the ‘Decade of Action on Nutrition’ took place. The Italian working group specifically aims to identify actions and strategies to take under the framework of the United Nation's Decade Work Program, jointly launched by FAO and WHO. The Ministry of Health wants to improve dialogue with international institutions -- in particular FAO and WHO -- to better coordinate cross-cutting actions addressing the "triple burden of malnutrition - with undernourishment, micronutrient deficiency, and obesity".
The United Nations' Decade of Nutrition runs from 2016 to 2025, aiming to increase nutrition investments and implement policies and programs to improve food security and nutrition. It builds on the 2nd International Nutrition Conference in 2014.
August 27-September 1, 2017: World water week takes place in Stockholm
The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) organizes the annual conference World Water Week in Stockholm, under the theme “water and waste: reduce and reuse”. The conference convenes researchers, decision-makers, business innovators, and CSO representatives to foster new thinking and exchange ideas around the most pressing water-related challenges.
Registration and conference program available on conference website.
The 67th Conference of the Australasian Grain Science Association (AGSA) takes place on September 20-22, 2017, in Christchurch, New Zealand. AGSA is a forum for Australasian grain scientists, educators, students, nutritionists, and others to share and advance knowledge and understanding of grain science and the grain industry. The conference convenes New Zealand, Australian, and international scientific and technical experts, and includes components on grain breeding, dietary fibers, human nutrition, process technologies, global product innovation, in its scientific program. AGSA Conference awards have a long history of recognizing outstanding achievement in the grain sciences and allied industries.