USAID to send emergency food assistance to Haiti

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it would send 2,000 metric tons of food to Haiti, as political protests and violence have made it difficult to deliver humanitarian assistance, resulting in increased hunger in.  Haiti's foreign minister had previously asked the US Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, for urgent humanitarian assistance and logistics in the delivery of the same. The US found that, although the crisis in Haiti was largely a political one, it has led to significant humanitarian impacts that warranted additional assistance. 

The food will be delivered through the United Nation's World Food Program, not by the US military. The US also clarified that the decision to provide asistance was based on results from early warning systems and a new Haitian government report showing that 35% of Haitians are facing a food crisis.

News report - Miami Herald

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Norway increases support for humanitarian relief in South Sudan

Norway is increasing its humanitarian assistance by NOK 30 million (US$4 million) to help save lives and meet basic needs in South Sudan. 7.2 million people are suffering in humanitarian crises, according to the UN, now exacerbated by heavy rains and flooding. 

This contribution brings Norway’s total allocation to humanitarian assistance in the country and support for South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries to a total of NOK 172 million (US$21 million). In addition, Norway has provided around NOK 11 million (US$1 million) through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).   

Norway’s support will be channeled through humanitarian actors that are present in South Sudan and can respond to the humanitarian needs rapidly and effectively. 

Press release – Norwegian government  

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German development bank invests €25 million in Sustainable Ocean Fund

The German development bank, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), holds €25 million (US$28 million) of fiduciary holdings in the Sustainable Ocean Fund on behalf of the German federal ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation. This anchor investment will enable increased mobilization of co-investments of up to US$150 million.

KfW seeks to improve global food security, decrease oceanic plastic volume, and fortify coastline protections through private small- and medium-sized companies by investing in sustainable fishing practices, circular economies, and protections for biodiversity.

Press release - KfW (in German)

Japan provides US$3 million in food assistance to Zimbabwe

The Japanese government has announced ¥300 million (US$3 million) for Zimbabwe through the World Food Programme. About 5 million people in Zimbabwe are said to be facing serious food shortages as a result of severe weather events affecting agricultural production. 

These funds will provide approximately 4,300 tons of food assistance to Zimbabwe to improve food security and nutrition. This cooperation is an example of Japan's 'contribution to the creation of a strong and sustainable society' which was reaffirmed at the seventh TICAD Conference in Africa (TICAD7) in August 2019. 

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

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France adopts new strategy on food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture

On October 22, 2019, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, secretary of state to the minister for Europe and foreign affairs, opened an event launching France’s new international strategy on food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. Laurent Thomas, deputy director-general of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); representatives of the World Food Programme and the Ivorian government; and representatives of the government, the scientific community, civil society, and the media attended.

The strategy focus on five main objectives:

  1. Strengthen global governance of food security and nutrition. France aims at playing a leading role in improving the effectiveness and coordination of international actors in these areas, in particular by defining a clear and shared vision of objectives and means of action in these areas and by promoting greater harmonization and better coordination of authorities and donors. Central to this governance are the UN institutions based in Rome;
  2. Develop sustainable agriculture and food systems to address climate change and biodiversity loss. This includes developing and promoting the transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems, from an economic, social, and environmental perspective, by addressing the challenges of climate change to ensure food security and nutrition for the population;
  3. Strengthen French action on nutrition to act in an integrated way on the various factors leading to undernutrition of young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women, such as access to quality food, drinking water, and good hygienic conditions
  4. Support the structuring of sustainable agro-food chains to promote the creation of decent jobs in rural areas, especially for young people. In developing countries, these agri-food chains represent a source of jobs to support. The inclusion of family farming in these sectors is a key issue; and
  5. Strengthen food assistance activities for vulnerable populations and improve their resilience to the causes of food insecurity, whether in emergency contexts or in situations of chronic food insecurity. In the context of recurrent food crises, it is a question of enabling these populations to regain their food autonomy.

Press release - Ministry of foreign affairs

News article - Le Monde (in French)

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At legislative period's midpoint, civil society organizations criticize German development policy as insufficient and incremental

Civil society organization ONE and VENRO, the foremost network of German NGOs, gave their assessments of the German government's development policy efforts as the current legislation period reaches its midpoint. Both organizations gave mixed reviews and criticized Germany for failing to spend the target 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) on development.

ONE praised Germany's health expenditures, which have increased by 18%. Generous contributions to the Global Fund to Prevent AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria were seen as a good sign for the upcoming replenishment cycle of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. ONE sharply criticized Germany's spending on educational projects, however; Germany is only planning to allocate €37 million (US$42 million) to the Global Partnership for Education, while civil society has called for a contribution of €100 million (US$112 million), in keeping with the size and strength of its economy.

VENRO criticized the government as too slow and conservative in its policies on a host of issues including climate protections, gender equality, labor rights, and refugee rights. Overall VENRO urged the government to maintain a clear focus on poverty alleviation in low-income countries and demanded more engagement in and funding for initiatives that seek to ameliorate the above policy concerns.

Press release – ONE (in German)

Press release - VENRO (in German)

Dutch government launches Netherlands Food Partnership

On October 16, 2019, during World Food Day, the Dutch government launched the Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP), an initiative aimed at boosting transformative approaches for sustainable food systems and healthy diets. NFP will serve as a space for experts, entrepreneurs, innovators, and change-makers to come together and share, learn about, discuss, design, and plan new programmatic approaches to achieve SDG 2: 'End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture'.

The full establishment of the NFP is still underway, and updates on news and recent developments can be found on the official website and received through the newsletter. 

Press release - Netherlands Food Partnership

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Germany to sign Reform Partnership agreement with Ethiopia

German development minister Gerd Müller announced his intention to sign the 'Reform Partnership' later this year with Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister. The Reform Partnership commits Ethiopia to efforts towards good governance, democratization, the rule of law, and the fight against corruption. In return, Germany will support Ethiopia financially to develop private sector investment and to fight youth unemployment.

Until now, Germany’s development assistance to Ethiopia has focused on economic development, professional training, agriculture, food security, and the protection of wildlife and resources. In 2018 - 2019, Germany's bilateral overseas development assistance to Ethiopia totaled €216 million (US$244 million).

Press release - Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

Norway budgets NOK500 million for climate-related risk reduction and food security

In its 2020 budget proposal, Norway has proposed to allocate NOK500 million (US$61 million) to climate-related disaster risk reduction. The funds include a contribution to the United Nations (UN) Adaptation Fund and to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Other funding has been allocated to promote sustainable use of the oceans in the context of climate change adaptation, disaster resilience, and the fight against hunger. The allocation to food security, fisheries and agriculture, including climate-resilient agriculture, has  increased by NOK 100 million (US$12 million) over 2019.  

Norwegian Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein also announced the drafting of a strategy for strengthening Norway’s efforts in these areas.

Press release – Norwegian Government  

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Official development assistance to increase in the Norwegian national budget

The Norwegian government’s proposed development assistance budget for 2020 is at a total of NOK39.2 billion (US$4.7 billion), marking an increase of NOK1.4 billion (US$169.2 million) from 2019.  The Norwegian Government primarily intends to intensify Norway’s work of promoting the achievement of sustainable development goals with this budget. Other areas of priority include climate change, environment and ocean conservation, and the fight against hunger and poverty. The geographical focus of development cooperation will be particularly on sub-Saharan Africa and on the least developed countries 

Press Release – Norwegian Government (in Norwegian)

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