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Canada announces CAD1 million to support food security for Rohingya refugees

Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that Canada will contribute over CAD1 million (US$787,000) to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to support efforts to feed thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The announcement was made on World Food Day during a harvest agriculture event in Glengarry, Ontario.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada

Canada Nutrition

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

France Agriculture Nutrition

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)

France Agriculture Nutrition

Japan announces ¥320 million grant to Benin as part of TICAD VI commitment

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥320 million grant (US$2.6 million) to the government of Benin 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 Nutrition

Japan announces ¥1.12 billion grant for food security in South Sudan, Guinea, and Central African Republic

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a total of ¥1.12 billion (US$9.3 million) in grants to the governments of South Sudan, Guinea, and the Central African Republic, as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The funding, to be channeled through the World Food Programme (WFP), will be used to strengthen food security and improve malnutrition and poverty levels in the three countries, which are currently facing severe food shortages.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Nutrition

Action Against Hunger releases report on new financing mechanisms and nutrition

Action Against Hunger (ACF) released a report with the title “Emerging Financing Mechanisms: Where is the Value for Nutrition?”. The report explores how new financing mechanisms, with a specific focus on the Global Financing Facility (GFF), can help fill the gaps in nutrition financing. The report provides a landscape of nutrition financing and analyzes the specific experiences of the GFF. It also highlights opportunities for civil society and provides recommendations for the World Bank, high-burden countries, and donors.

Report – Action Against Hunger

France Global Nutrition

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

South Korea Agriculture Nutrition

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

Japan Agriculture Nutrition

Spain disburses €700,000 for food-security programs in Mosul, Iraq

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC) and its development agency AECID announced a new €700,000 grant to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) aimed at providing food supplies to 34,000 people affected by the conflict in Mosul, Iraq. According to the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Ibero-America, Fernando García Gasas, Spain has disbursed an equivalent of €5 million in Iraq from 2014 to 2017, of which €1.8 million has been channeled through the WFP.

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)

Spain Nutrition

Japan's MOFA gives JPY300 million to Chad through WFP as part of TICAD VI commitment

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a JPY300 million (US$2.5 million) grant to the government of Chad through the World Food Program (WPF) as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). With this grant, Japan seeks to improve nutrition and reduce poverty in the population.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Nutrition