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)

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