Oxfam France publishes proposal on French international development policy

Oxfam France participates in a joint effort -- under the Etats Généraux de l’Alimentation (EGA) -- to influence French international assistance policy, specifically with regards to food security. The EGA gathers agricultural organizations, private companies, governmental actors, and CSOs working on food-related issues to advocate that the French Ministry of Agriculture adopt policies that strengthen food sovereignty through local agriculture development and agroecology.

Oxfam and various CSOs have put forth policy proposals online, which can be voted on by the general public.

Publication - Etats Généraux de l’Alimentation (in French)

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French CSOs release study on impact of conflicts and climate change on food security

French organizations Action Against Hunger (ACF) and the Inter-Agency Regional Analysts Network (IARAN) have released a study that looks at the current state of the fight against hunger and progress toward the 2030 SDG targets. According to the study, progress and results are considerably affected by the increase in the number of conflicts worldwide and the impact of climate change. ACF calls on governments and other donors in developed countries to increase their humanitarian funding, to strengthen their support to small farmers, and to improve strategies for mitigation and climate change adaptation over the long term.

Publication - ACF

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Coordination SUD publishes report on agriculture and climate change adaptation

French NGO umbrella organization Coordination SUD released its fourth issue of ‘Les Notes de SUD’, a periodical publication on international development. The new issue, based on a report by Coordination SUD’s Agriculture and Food Commission, addresses climate change adaptation for family farming. Specifically, it focuses on policy recommendations to foster the implementation of adaptation strategies of family farms and results obtained in the field so far.

Publication - Coordination SUD 

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Norway pledges US$20 million for indigenous peoples’ rights

The Norwegian Climate and Forest Initiative will support the International Land and Tenure Facility, a new institution which provides grants to advance land-tenure security and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities, with US$20 million during the upcoming years. The contribution is aimed at strengthening support to indigenous peoples in their efforts to secure rights to their customary lands. The Tenure Facility helps communities to make use of existing laws and policies that have often been adopted but not implemented by government.

Press release - Norwegian Government (in Norwegian)

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French development agency joins agricultural partnership for sub-Saharan Africa

The French development agency (AFD) will join the Rockefeller Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in a partnership aiming to transform agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative gathers US$280 million in investments to boost the income of at least 30 million smallholder farmers and improve food security in 11 countries: Kenya, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Malawi, and Mozambique. It also aims to be a technical development resource, promoting resilience to climate change among African producers.

News article – Jeune Afrique (in French)

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Germany launches agricultural training program for young professionals from Africa

The German Development Minister Gerd Müller and the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Science will offer a five-month post-graduate program to young professionals from Africa who seek to pursue careers in the agricultural sector. The development ministry (BMZ) and Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University offer 25 spots in the program targeting outstanding young professionals from African countries who are interested in seminars on sustainable agricultural production, planning and management of value chains, market analysis, and developing business ideas for national markets. The new initiative is part of the BMZ flagship project on green innovation centers and the Marshall Plan with Africa.  To date, BMZ has established thirteen innovation centers in Africa, which are aimed at transferring knowledge about modern and sustainable farming techniques. Participants in the post-graduate program will come from these thirteen African countries.

Press release – BMZ  

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BMZ agrees on closer cooperation with AGRA to strengthen rural development

The German development ministry (BMZ) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) have signed an agreement to strengthen their future cooperation. BMZ committed to provide AGRA with €10 million to strengthen sustainable, smallholder agriculture by cooperating with local start-ups, foundations, and companies. According to Development Minister Gerd Müller, it is crucial to provide rural populations with jobs, education, and infrastructure to ensure that people do not have to migrate to cities or other countries. The agreement was signed at the African Green Revolution Forum in Abidjan.

BMZ – press release (in German)

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South Korea seeks to become party to the FAC

South Korea is seeking to join the Food Assistance Convention (FAC), a multilateral cooperation instrument currently ratified by six parties, in order to improve global food security. The bill for South Korean FAC membership, developed through intra-governmental consultations, was approved by the Cabinet on August 29, 2017. The domestic procedure, including the ratification of the bill by the National Assembly, will be completed by the end of the year. Once it becomes party to the FAC, South Korea plans to offer approximately 50,000 tons of home-grown rice to developing countries via the World Food Programme (WFP).

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Japan announces ¥470 million grant to Mali as part of TICAD VI commitment

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥470 million grant (US$388 million) to the government of Mali 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.

Press release - MOFA

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Germany launches new action plan to fight deforestation

The German development ministry (BMZ) has launched a new action plan to fight climate change by limiting deforestation. The action plan is Germany’s guiding framework for forestation projects, including on its three pillars: 1) Forests and climate change, 2) reforestation, 3) deforestation-free supply chains. Development Minister Gerd Müller particularly emphasized the negative impacts of unsustainable palm oil production and called for the integration of deforestation issues in free trade agreements with big palm oil producers such as Indonesia. Germany spends €2 billion in forest protection and reforestation every year.

Press release – BMZ (in German)

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