EU, USAID, and UN release joint report on global food insecurity
The Food Security Information Network – a collaboration of the EU, USAID, and the UN – published a report warning that severe food insecurity has increased dramatically in the last two years. In 2015, 80 million people globally were food insecure compared to the 208 million in 2015. Four countries are currently at risk of famine: South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and northeast Nigeria. Food crises around the world are fueled by conflict, record-high food prices, and abnormal weather patterns caused by El Niño. The Network's report highlights the need for immediate and targeted action to respond to these food crises and to address their root causes.
For the 2014-2020 period, the EU has pledged to contribute about €8.8 billion to food, nutrition security, and agriculture.
Japan's foreign ministry publishes annual ODA white paper
Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) published its 2016 ODA white paper, analyzing Japan’s ODA by sector, scheme, and multilateral organization. The annual report is designed to shed light on Japan’s current ODA policies and assess the results of projects in different sectors. It also includes information on ODA trends, policies, and strategies for 42 countries, as well as the EU.
Norwegian Development Fund hosts June ‘Development Monday’
Once a month, on a Monday, the Norwegian Development Fund hosts a seminar on development cooperation that includes panel discussions and debate. In June 2017, the seminar takes place on June 12, 2017, at the ‘House of Literature’ and revolves around Norwegian policies contributing to eradicating hunger by 2030.