Japan announces ¥850 million support for Laos

Japan has announced it will contribute ¥850 million (US$8 million) for Laos through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and UN-Habitat.

The funding will support activities related to access to water, improved hygiene, education, agricultural support, and community building.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture Education

Official development assistant reform in Norway still on hold after 10 months

10 months after the former Norwegian Minister of Development, Nikolai Astrup, launched a development assistance reform, there is still no further clarification on the division of roles and responsibilities between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad, Norway's development agency. One month into his tenure as the Norwegian Minister of Development, Dag-Inge Ulstein, met with colleagues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad and confirmed that he needs more time to decide on the way forward, although the government's platform will guide their work.

News article - Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)

Australia to evaluate development activities in 2019 including health support to the Pacific and ending gender-based violence

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has announced its evaluation program for development cooperation for 2019. Evaluation topics have a strong education and health focus.

High-level strategic evaluations will focus on health support to the Pacific, ending violence against women and girls, multilateral organisations, and technical and vocational education and training. Specific program evaluations will include the Tonga Health Systems Support Program, a Cambodia Agriculture Value Chain Program, and a Basic Education Sector Transformation Program in the Philippines.

Aid Evaluation Plan - DFAT

2019 Australasian Aid Conference to be live-streamed

The Australasian Aid Conference is Australia's biggest development conference, held in partnership with the Asia Foundation. Hosted in Canberra at the Australian National University on February 19 and 20, 2019, the event covers development research and international development policy issues. Sessions will be broadcast live over the internet, and will include discussions of financing, advocacy for Australian development assistance, and the government's move to provide infrastructure loans in the Pacific.

Event website - ANU Development Policy Centre

Japan provides technical cooperation to Nepal for agricultural production

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a record of discussions with Nepal on technical cooperation to support building an irrigated agriculture model for the Terai plains, a food-producing region of Nepal, and extending the model. The support will include capacity-building in the areas of irrigation and water management, propose a market-oriented agricultural model, and formulate guidelines.

Press release - JICA

Japan Agriculture

Italy and IFAD sign a new partnership agreement

Italy's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, and the Director General of the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD, Gilbert Houngbo, have signed a new framework partnership agreement with input from the Italian Ministries of Finance, Agriculture and Environment, the Italian development agency, and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, an investment banking group.

Since 2010, Italy has given more than 85 million to IFAD. Italy’s cooperation with the fund mainly concerns: supporting farmers and vulnerable groups; developing production chains, including boosting financial services in rural areas; and food and nutritional security, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

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

Italy Agriculture

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)