Japan announces ¥240 million food assistance grant to Gambia
Japan has announced plans to contribute ¥240 million (US$2.3 million) in food assistance to the government of Gambia by providing 4,000 to 4,500 tons of rice in efforts to improve food security and the nutritional status of Gambians facing food shortages. This food assistance is part of Japan’s development funding promised to Africa at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) held on August 27-28, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.
UK and OCHA hold summit to raise funding to prevent famine in Somalia
International donors committed to supporting the humanitarian situation in Somalia during a High Level meeting in London co-hosted by the UK government and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The UK government didn't specify how much was raised, but said "with additional commitments made at this meeting, Somalia’s partners have now committed some $350 million USD to the Humanitarian Response for 2018", adding that "a number of key donors made clear their intention to confirm substantial new pledges in the next few weeks."
Mark Lowcock, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator commented that, while progress had been made, Somalia continued to face a crisis, unless "substantial new resources" could be found. The event was attended by 31 UN Member States, UN Agencies, international organizations, and non-governmental organisations.
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.
April 26, 2018: UiO hosts seminar linking food, nutrition and human rights
The University of Oslo is hosting a seminar which will discuss how to approach the reduction of undernutrition from a human rights and law perspective. The seminar will discuss the question "Are states obligated to ensure a right to food and health for their people", and the aim of the seminar will be to examine the understanding of how human rights contribute to moving global nutrition onto the agenda.