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

European Commission launches knowledge center to fight malnutrition

A new Knowledge Center, led by the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre, will provide scientific data supporting the EU's global commitment to end hunger in partner countries. The Knowledge Centre for Global Food and Nutrition Security will help identify where crucial information and knowledge gaps exist, and indicate how to fill them.

Fact Sheet – European Commission

EU Nutrition

UK to provide additional £25 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

UK international development minister Penny Mordaunt has announced new humanitarian assistance of £25 million (US$33 million) to help provide food and nutrition, shelter, and clean water to Afghanistan amid one of the worst droughts in the country’s history.  

The commitment was made ahead of the UN and Afghan government’s joint Conference on Afghanistan held in Geneva on November 27, 2018. The UK is the second largest humanitarian donor to Afghanistan. The funding will come from the Department for International Development's (DFID) crisis-reserve fund, with £12.5 million (US$16.8 million) for UN OCHA’s Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund and a further £12.5 million (US$16.8 million) for the World Food Programme.

Press release – DFID

United Kingdom Nutrition

EU Council adopts conclusions on global food and nutrition security

Citing the European Union and member states’ commitment to end hunger and malnutrition, the Council of the EU expressed extreme concern that after decades of decline global hunger has been on the rise for the last three years, with 821 million people suffering from hunger and malnutrition.

The Council agreed to: increase EU and member state joint action to counter the severe impact of climate change on agriculture and global food supply; prioritize development of gender-responsive value chains; strengthen cooperation between the EU and its member states on climate resilience, sustainability and development-smart innovation in agriculture for sustainable rural transformation; approach food crises and malnutrition strategically across the humanitarian, development, and peace nexus; and strengthen the link between small-scale farmers and small and medium-sized enterprises, while investing in job creation in rural areas, especially for youth and women. The Council also asked the European Commission to update the 2010 policy framework on food security and the 2013 policy framework on nutrition.

Conclusions – Council of the EU

EU Nutrition

Italy supports Syria with €2.5 million in emergency contributions

Italy’s deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, has announced financing of €2.5 million (US$2.7 million) for humanitarian support in Northern Syria. The funding is for: 

  • €1.5 million (US$1.6 million) to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for essential goods and services for the civilian population in the Provinces of Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama
  • €1 million (US$1.1 million) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to improve living conditions for women and families in Raqqua
  • €500,000 (US$553,000) to the World Food Programme (WFP) to address emergencies and food shortages in Syria

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Italy Global health Nutrition

Japan provides WFP with US$5 million for nutrition program in Ghana

The Japanese government has made a contribution of US$5 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) in Ghana, which will help the organization expand a nutritional program addressing undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency, and obesity. 

The program helps women have access to nutritious food by offering them electronic commodity vouchers and providing children with supplements.

News article - Reliefweb 

Japan Nutrition

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)

Donors pledge US$1 billion to Global Financing Facility at first replenishment conference

At its first-ever replenishment conference held in Oslo from November 5-6, 2018, the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in Support of Every Woman Every Child received US$1 billion in contributions from both new and existing donors. Although lower than the US$2 billion originally expected, the resources will be used to catalyze large-scale domestic investments in women and children's health. Launched in 2015, the GFF currently supports 25 countries where need is greatest and hopes to expand to 50 countries during the 2019-2023 period.

Donors to the replenishment include:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: US$200 million
  • Canada: US$39 million
  • EU: US$30 million
  • Germany: US$58 million
  • Japan: US$50 million
  • Netherlands: US$68 million
  • Norway: US$360 million
  • UK: US$65 million

The GFF is expecting additional pledges to come in from investors who are considering new multi-year commitments.

News article - Relief Web

Press release - Government of Norway (in Norwegian)

Global Global health Nutrition

Japan commits US$50 million to GFF in support of maternal and child health

Japan has committed US$50 million to the Global Financing Facility (GFF), whose aims are to help low- and lower-middle income countries improve the health and nutritional status of women and children. The pledge is for the 2019 to 2023 replenishment period. Japan's contribution is one of many commitments from other countries and organizations, the total of which equals US$1.005 billion.

Press Release - World Bank

Japan Global health Nutrition