Japan announces ¥891 million support in food assistance to Yemen

Japan will contribute ¥891 million (US$8 million) in food assistance to support approximately 9 million people who are in severe food shortage and 3 million people suffering from severe under-malnutrition in Yemen. The support will be channeled through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture Nutrition

Italy signs agreement with UNIDO for new projects in Mozambique, Tunisia

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has signed two new funding agreements totaling €4.5 million (US$5 million) with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for projects in Mozambique and Tunisia. The projects will promote value-chain development in agricultural industries.

The announcement also included €1.3 million (US$1.4 million) for the second phase of a separate project to be implemented in the MENA region. This project, co-funded by the European Union, focuses on artisan and design value chains to create jobs and economic opportunities for vulnerable populations in the country, especially women. 

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation 

Italy Agriculture

German agriculture minister launches initiative to establish council on digital agriculture

At the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin, German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) launched a new initiative to establish a council on digital agriculture. The concept for the initiative will be developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with a focus on how new technology can tackle hunger and solutions to decrease the worldwide digital gap.

News article – Tagesspiegel (in German)

Germany Agriculture

Norway's government platform continues to focus development cooperation on health and increases attention towards food security

The Norwegian Conservative Party, Liberal Party, Christian Democratic Party, and the Progress have agreed on the 'Granavolden Platform', to be presented to Parliament on January 29, 2019. The platform commits that 1% of gross national income (GNI) will be spent on official development assistance (ODA).

Norway will continue to strengthen its efforts within global health, especially vaccination, child health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Norway will increase its efforts related to food security and climate smart agriculture. 

Government's political platform  - Liberal Party (in Norwegian)

German development minister calls for fight against child labor

At Germany’s Green Week (IGW) in Berlin, German Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) called for a stronger global fight against child labor. He says that, "We build our wealth far too often on the backs of people in developing countries." Müller particularly encouraged consumers to look at what they buy and stated that, if a voluntary self-commitment of companies is not sufficient, legal regulations will be implemented in 2020.

News article – Handelsblatt (in German)

Germany Agriculture

Japan announces ¥557 million grant to WFP for Bangladesh

Japan will contribute ¥557 million (US$5 million) in grant assistance to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support Bangladesh. 

The financing is intended to improve the sustainable livelihood capacity of small-scale local farmers and the health condition of refugees from Myanmar currently residing in Bangladesh. 

Press-release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture

Italy supports Lake Chad Region with €8.4 million contribution

In the Lake Chad region over 10 million people are facing severe hardship, malnutrition, and hunger, with an urgent need for health services. An emergency relief package worth €8.4 million (US$9.3 million) has been issued by Italy to support the Lake Chad region countries of Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon. Emanuela del Re, the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, has confirmed that funds will be used to improve food security, access to water, and development in rural areas, as well as to deliver medicine and health-care kits.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Italy Agriculture Global health

UK to spend £38 million using UK satellite technology to address development challenges

The UK government will spend £38 million (US$51 million) of its development assistance budget to support ten new projects that will use satellite technology to help address global health, agriculture, and prevention of environmental disasters in developing countries. The projects are part of the UK Government Space Agency’s International Partnership Program, which is fully funded by UK official development assistance (ODA) as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) run by the UK’s Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

The projects selected for 2018 include an early warning system for dengue fever in Vietnam and a project aimed at helping smallholder coffee farmers in Kenya and Rwanda to improve their crop quality and yield.  A further round of calls for projects will take place early next year.

News article – Devex

US Congress passes the farm bill with international food aid reform measures

After months of debate, the US Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill. While largely a domestic bill, the legislation eliminated a requirement in the Food for Peace law that mandated the purchase of US food commodities for international food and nutrition programs. This "monetization" requirement had reduced food assistance by US$70 million per year.  The new law also provides more flexibility to purchase food from local farmers and markets, which should improve the nutritional value of the food provided. 

Press release - Bread for the World

United States Agriculture Nutrition

Italy’s deputy foreign affairs minister announces €1 million to Ethiopia through Red Cross

Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Emanuela del Re has visited the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and announced an assistance package of €1 million (US$1.1 million) to support the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The contribution will provide essential medicines such as antimalarial drugs to displaced people in the border between the regions of Oromia and Gedeox as well as support households with agricultural equipment and seeds.  

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (in Italian)

Italy Agriculture Global health