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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

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

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%.

The 2017 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.

Press release – WHO

Publication – Global Nutrition Report

Global Italy Nutrition

Spain and WFP join forces for food security in Palestine

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation has supported the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) with an additional grant of €300,000 aimed at disbursing food supplies in Palestine. Through this new program Spain and WFP will give nutritional assistance to around 23,000 people from Gaza, focusing particularly on vulnerable populations like women and children. The contribution has  also enabled WFP to hold nutrition and health awareness sessions for 5,700 people. 3,200 women participants have already been taught best cooking and hygiene practices.

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

Spain Nutrition

AECID launches 2018 Global Parliamentary Summit against Malnutrition

At a high-level food-security forum that gathered MPs and development officials in Montevideo, Uruguay, Spanish development agency AECID announced the first Global Parliamentary Summit against Malnutrition, which will take place in Madrid in November 2018.

Participants at the forum, which was co-hosted by Spain and the FAO through the ‘Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative’ program, also discussed several topics aimed at advancing the Sustainable Development Goals and establishing nutrition and food security standards in those regions.

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)

Spain Nutrition

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

Japan announces ¥350 million grant to Cambodia through WFP

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced that it will provide a ¥350 million (US$2.89 million) grant to Cambodia through the World Food Program (WFP). The grant will be used to strengthen food security and poverty levels in the country, where the difficulty of establishing farming soil due to land mines and the recent El Nino effect has resulted in chronic severe food shortages.

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Nutrition

Chair of Foreign Relations Committee calls for overhaul of US food aid reform

Senator Corker, Chair of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has demanded changes to the US Food for Peace program when it is considered as part of next year’s debate on the Farm Bill.  Joined by Senator Chris Coons, the Chair called for changes to the requirements that US-purchased food be transported on US vessels and that food assistance be bought from US farmers.  He argued that such reforms could free up US$300 million in food assistance and reach 9.5 million more people. 

Hearings - US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations