JICA and Madagascar to cooperate in improving nutrition for women and children

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Madagascar have signed a record of discussions on a technical cooperation project to improve nutrition for women and children in Madagascar. The project is set to start in 2019 for the duration of five years and aims to strengthen multi-sectoral coordination, government agencies' capacity to promote good nutrition, improve monitoring and evaluation, and strengthen nutritional status through agriculture. 

Press release - JICA

Japan Agriculture Nutrition

Dutch Fund for Climate and Development opens first call for proposals

The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) has announced its first call for applications November 19, 2018. The fund, established by the current Rutte III cabinet to finance climate projects in developing countries, will distribute €160 million in grants. This represents new funding aimed at mitigating the root causes of migration, climate change, terrorism, and poverty. 

Grant portal - Government of the Netherlands

Netherlands Agriculture

Italy supports UNDP with €3 million for rehabilitation of forests in Lebanon

In support of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15, Italy has announced a donation of €3 million (US$3 million) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on training activities addressed to local authorities as well as equipment and  tools for an effective management of natural resources in Lebanon.

The goal of the financing is to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Twittter post – Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Italy Agriculture

'Alternative Nobel Prize' ceremony celebrates visionary solutions to global problems

The award ceremony for the Right Livelihood Prize, widely known as the 'Alternate Nobel prize', was given to three Laureates at a ceremony held in Stockholm on November 23, 2018. One of the winners was Yacouba Sawadogo from Burkina Faso, for his work on reforestation and soil regeneration using innovative indigenous techniques. Other Laureates included three civil and human rights defenders from Saudi Arabia and an agro-economist from Australia, while an honorary award went to anti-corruption champions from Guatemala and Colombia.

The Swedish International Development Agency, Sida, has approved a US$22 million (SEK200 million) contribution to a project where traditional technology will be used on a large scale to regenerate land in Burkina Faso, in order to boost food production. 

Press release - Right Livelihood Award 

Press release Sida (in Swedish)

Global Sweden Agriculture

Australia aims to strengthen engagement with the Pacific through expanded 'Pacific Labour Scheme' and new Office of the Pacific

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne have announced that the Australian government will progressively roll out its 'Pacific Labour Scheme' across all Pacific island countries, beyond the six currently involved. The scheme will allow workers from the Pacific to undertake non-seasonal work in Australia for up to three years. Discussions with Papua New Guinea, the largest recipient of Australia's development assistance, are underway to explore how it can also participate. 

To further support Australia's engagement with the Pacific, a new Office of the Pacific will be established to enhance internal government coordination on Pacific affairs.

Media release - Foreign Minister

Australia Agriculture

JICA gives US$10 million grant to FAO for irrigation infrastructure in Afghanistan

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a grant agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of up to ¥1.1 billion (USD$10 million) dedicated to Afghanistan. The grant amount will be used for the rehabilitation and expansion of irrigation facilities in three Afghan provinces, including that of Kabul. It will also be used for the capacity development of government officials and farmers. 

Press release - JICA

Japan Agriculture

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development updates theories of change underpinning development policy

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development, led by Minister Sigrid Kaag, has updated its 'Theories of Change' underpinning the priorities of Dutch policy on development cooperation. The theories are used to test nine themes of development policy and to monitor and adjust implementation accordingly through the use of  scores on indicators. 

The Theories of Change have been developed for the following themes: humanitarian aid, climate, migration, private sector development, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), security and legal order, food security, women's rights and gender equality, and water. 

Theories of Change - Government of the Netherlands (in Dutch)

Norway tops all donors with US$360 million commitment to Global Financing Facility

The world's leaders have committed more than US$1 billion to the Global Financing Facility (GFF) during the replenishment conference in Oslo, with co-host Norway topping all donors at US$360 million. "Today we have a big hope that the world's poorest countries can build a healthy future for women, children, and youth", said Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. "The GFF model is effective and achieves this goal as it based on a cooperation with the relevant countries to develop capacity to build and maintain health systems for women and children to survive." 

Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

JICA signs grant agreement with Uganda to provide US$26 million for irrigation facilities for rice production

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a grant agreement with Uganda to provide up to ¥2.8 billion (US$26 million) in grant assistance for the erection of irrigation facilities in a basin area to increase rice production. The project aims to support increased incomes in rural areas. 

Press release - JICA

Japan Agriculture

Spain hosts first world parliamentarian forum against hunger and malnutrition

In collaboration with the Spanish Agency for International Development Co-operation (AECID) and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Senate of Spain hosted the first international parliamentary forum against hunger and malnutrition. Up to 200 parliamentarians from 80 different countries participated in the summit, which included the participation of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. Sánchez emphasized Spain’s commitment to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and its second objective on 'zero hunger'. 

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

Spain Agriculture Nutrition