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.
Italian CSOs criticize outcome of G7 agricultural meeting as inadequate
Italian CSOs were critical of the final declaration following a G7 ministerial meeting on agriculture in Bergamo, Italy, on October 14-15, 2017. The declaration emphasizes the leading role that G7 countries can play to help promote more resilient and more sustainable global agricultural and food systems, while also launching an assessment of the policies and approaches taken in a number of G7 and non-G7 countries to mitigate catastrophic risks in agriculture. However, the CSOs argued these were not ambitious enough outcomes relative to the severity of the challenges, noting that in the Global Hunger Index for 2016 half of all developing countries received “serious” or even “alarming” ratings based on levels of malnutrition, growth stunting, and child mortality.
November 13, 2017: Action Against Hunger hosts annual conference on nutrition
Action Against Hunger (ACF) is hosting the 2nd edition of its annual conference, “Research for Nutrition #R4NUT”. The conference covers the latest research regarding prevention, treatment, and measurement of undernutrition in humanitarian contexts. The program also includes two debates on the challenges of data collection and management in such contexts, as well as the issue of increasing community participation in research projects.
November 17, 2017: Caritas Norway hosts conference on role of private sector to eradicate hunger
Norwegian NGO, Caritas, hosts a full-day conference to address how Norwegian politicians and the private sector can contribute to the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 2 - Eradicate hunger by 2030 - using their unique competence in food production and policy. The conference audience consists of representatives from the UN, politics, civil society, private sector, and academia.