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.
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.
April 14-15, 2018: Annual conference on global health and innovation Conference takes place at Yale University
Unite for Site, a global health nonprofit, hosts its 15th Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC). This conference takes place annually at Yale University, in New Haven, CT. GHIC is the largest global health and social entrepreneurship conference in the world. It welcomes over 2,000 participants, including professionals and students, from all US states and 55 countries around the world. Participants represent all sectors of international development, global health, and social entrepreneurship.
November 2018: Spain to hold First Global Parliamentary Summit against Malnutrition
The Spanish Senate’s Development Committee announced in June 2017 that Spain would hold the first Global Parliamentary Summit against Malnutrition by November 2018; this has been confirmed by Spanish development agency AECID and the FAO. According to AECID, the summit will gather MPs and development officials from around the world, and aims to share experiences and innovative solutions to end hunger.
Further details on the summit will be released closer to the date.