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

UK investing £20.5 million in early childhood development research

UK Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt has announced the launch of a new UK-funded research program to investigate what works to tackle malnutrition and poor physical, emotional, and mental development in childhood. The UK has committed £20.5 million (US$27.6 million) over 5 years and will work in countries such as Rwanda, Jordan, and Tanzania. New Zealand is considering partnering with the UK and would extend the initiative to the Pacific region.

Press release - Department for International Development

South Korea partners with UNICEF to help vulnerable children in the Philippines

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and UNICEF, the United Nations children's fund, have partnered with the Philippines' government to provide comprehensive nutrition and health programs to children during their first 1,000 days of life. The programs will also help mothers with children between birth and age five have access to key health and nutrition services.

KOICA will provide a total of US$6 million to this program, which will benefit around 50,000 infants and children.

Press release – UNICEF Philippines

South Korea Nutrition

Spain disbursed €4.1 million to support vulnerable populations through WFP in 2018

In 2018, the Spanish Agency for International Development Co-operation AECID channeled €4.1 million (US$4.5 million) through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Such funding contributed to fostering food security among vulnerable populations in the Sahel, Palestine, Nigeria, and among Saharawi refugees in Algeria. Spanish Secretary of State for International Co-operation and Ibero-America Juan Pablo de Laiglesia underlined in a press release that the WFP is a strategic humanitarian partner for Spain.

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)

Spain Nutrition

Japan announces ¥240 million in food assistance for The Gambia

Japan has announced it will provide ¥240 million (US$2 million) in food support to The Gambia in the form of almost 3,800 tons of rice. The Gambia suffered from severe droughts in 2017 and 2018, which reduced crop production and left approximately 350,000 people without enough to eat. The support is intended to strengthen food security in the country and provide nutrition to the population.

The contribution forms part of Japan’s commitment at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) to promote food security in Africa.

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Nutrition

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)

UK Parliament’s International Development Committee launches inquiry into progress on supporting SDGs

The UK Parliament’s International Development Committee has launched a new inquiry into the UK’s progress in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its overseas work through the Department for International Development and other government departments. In July 2019 the UK government will present its Voluntary National Review to the UN detailing the progress it has made towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since their adoption in September 2015. The deadline for written evidence is February 1, 2019.

Inquiry homepage - UK Parliament 

US Congress passes the farm bill with international food aid reform measures

After months of debate, the US Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill. While largely a domestic bill, the legislation eliminated a requirement in the Food for Peace law that mandated the purchase of US food commodities for international food and nutrition programs. This "monetization" requirement had reduced food assistance by US$70 million per year.  The new law also provides more flexibility to purchase food from local farmers and markets, which should improve the nutritional value of the food provided. 

Press release - Bread for the World

United States Agriculture Nutrition

Italy provides €3.5 million in humanitarian aid to Sudan

The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation has announced €3.5 million (US$3.9 million) in support to Sudan. The funding will support civil society organizations providing basic health services, meals, and water purification in the country as well as supporting land-mine removal. Another part will be dedicated to the World Food Programme (WFP) for school meals and education.  

Twitter – Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

Italy Global health Nutrition

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