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January 16: SDGs are on the agenda at Norway’s largest conference on food and agriculture

The 2018 Food and Agriculture conference discusses topics of relevance to the agriculture and food production industry for both developed and developing countries. Topics on the agenda include:

  • Achieving the SDGs
  • Digital farming for sustainable living
  • Green and sustainable research
  • Climate friendly solutions for the agricultural sector

Speakers include:

  • Anita Krohn Traaseth, Innovation Norway
  • Bjørn Haugland, DNV GL
  • Jon Georg Dale, Norwegian Government

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website – Norwegian Agriculture Cooperation

Norway Agriculture Nutrition

Development Fund highlights importance of agriculture and food security for development

Development Fund Norway, an NGO that supports small-scale farmers in their fight against hunger and poverty, released a report on December 6, 2017 entitled ‘Food, War and Peace: Vulnerable States and Food Production’. The report argues that Norwegian efforts to improve living conditions in developing states must focus on food security and agriculture. In particular, Norwegian initiatives should seek to:

  • Secure living conditions, food production, and land rights;
  • Invest in youth, their rights and abilities within food production;
  • Increase investments in new climate-adapted agricultural tools and methods.

According to the report, food security and local agriculture contribute to the bedrock of development.

Website - The Development Fund (in Norwegian)

Norway Agriculture

Japan gives ¥200 million grant to support agricultural development and pharmaceuticals in Nigeria

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥200 million (US$3.72 million) grant to the government of Nigeria as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The grant will be used to support pharmaceutical development in order to accelerate research in infectious-disease control. It will also support agricultural activity in order to improve the quality of the country's rice production.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture Global health

Norwegian government urges innovative partnerships to end hunger

At the Zero Hunger conference in Oslo, the Norwegian government encouraged the launch of more public-private partnerships in order to achieve SDG 2: ending hunger. These partnerships will be particularly important in sub-Saharan Africa, which currently imports US$40-50 million worth of food each year. 

The Norwegian government currently works on facilitating low-risk partnerships between private investors in new markets who can contribute to solving the needs of farmers. Norad, the Norwegian development agency, has previously held a call for proposals from NGOs and companies to solve reoccurring challenges within value chains in developing countries. The winning agri- and aquaculture proposals will be operational as of early 2018. 

Press release - Norwegian government 

Norway Agriculture Nutrition

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.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture Nutrition

Japan gives ¥200-million grant to Swaziland for food security

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥800-million grant (US$3.72 million) to Swaziland through World Food Program (WFP) 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 in the country, which has been affected by a severe drought since January 2015.

Press release - MOFA Press Release (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture

Japan gives ¥800-million grant to Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥800-million grant (US$6.61 million) to Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Sierra Leone through World Food Program (WFP) 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 rates of malnutrition in the countries. In Burkina Faso in particular, the grant aims to keep more girls in school by increasing family's food security.

Press release, Burkina Faso - MOFA (in Japanese)

Press release, Sierra Leone and Liberia - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture

Coordination SUD releases report on food security

French NGO umbrella organization Coordination SUD released its 6th issue of “Les Notes de SUD”, a periodical publication on international development, with a full report of the 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), held in the United Nations in Rome in October. It examines issues such as nutrition, women's empowerment, sustainable forest management for food security, and nutrition. “Les Notes de SUD” also addresses the ongoing evaluation of the committee and references the fact that agro-ecology will be included in the multi-annual working program of the CFS for 2018 and 2019.

Publication – Coordination SUD (in French)

France Agriculture Nutrition

Japan awards ¥350-million grant to promote food security in Cambodia

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥350-million grant (US$2.89 million) to Cambodia through the World Food Program (WFP) in order to strengthen food security and reduce poverty levels in the country. Cambodia has faced agricultural difficulties due to the ongoing presence of buried land mines and the recent effects of El Niño, which have led to chronic and severe food shortages.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture Nutrition

USAID Administrator commends role of private enterprise in development

USAID Administrator Mark Green, during his keynote address at the World Food Prize, commended the expanding role of private enterprise in development and detailed how USAID will change the way it will collaborates with the private sector. He highlighted two new initiatives: cooperation with the Syngenta Foundation, which helps local African agribusinesses gain access to high quality seeds, and with Keurig Green Mountain and Root Capital, who aim to support small scale coffee farmers to gain access to markets and private capital.

Green also called on public, private, civil society, research, and university partners to develop innovative tools to combat the Fall Armyworm, an insect pest with the potential to destroy a vast amount of crops in sub-Saharan Africa.

Full speech - USAID

United States Agriculture