Japan gives ¥450-million grant to strengthen food security in Burundi
The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced that it will provide a ¥450-million grant (US$3.72 million) to Burundi as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The grant will be used to strengthen food security and improve malnutrition and poverty levels in the country, which is currently facing severe food shortages.
Milan high-level nutrition summit brings pledges to $3.4 billion in next decade
The Milan-hosted Global Nutrition Summit 2017 raised $640 million in new commitments to tackle global malnutrition, bringing pledges over the next decade to $3.4 billion. The meeting convened national government representatives, NGOs, and foundations. The funds will go toward a range of programs that support the United Nations’ goals of zero hunger and malnutrition by 2030 and World Health Organization targets has set for 2025, including reducing stunting in children under the age of 5 by 40% and reducing anemia in women of childbearing age by 50%.
Global Nutrition Report was also launched at the Summit. The report takes stock of countries’ progress towards nutrition-related SDGs, World Health Assembly Maternal Infant and Young Child targets, and diet-related non-communicable diseases targets. It also tracks delivery of donor and partner country commitments.
Third International Conference on Global Food Security in Cape Town
The third International Conference on Global Food Security combines discussion with critical analysis to gain a better understanding of the factors that contribute to global food security. The conference addresses the activities of production, harvesting, processing, distribution, and consumption, as well as explores the trade-offs between economic, environmental, health, and social outcomes. A multidisciplinary approach is applied in order to reflect on how the best science can be used to support the Sustainable Development Goals.