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US reauthorizes Global Food Security law

US President Trump signed the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act, recommitting the US to its 'Feed the Future' program to help alleviate global poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. USAID Administrator Mark Green released a statement commending the bipartisan work of Congress and noting that reauthorization was necessary given the rise of hunger globally. According to Green, the new act "demonstrates the US' strong commitment to empowering smallholder farmers and strengthening communities and economies to protect and accelerate their progress on their journey to self-reliance." 

Press release - USAID

Global Hunger Index shows that progress in the fight against hunger has been made

The Welthungerhilfe, Germany's largest organization for private development aid, published its 2018 Global Hunger Index (GHI) which shows that progress in the fight against hunger and undernutrition has been made. According to the report, hunger levels around the world have fallen by 28% since 2000. The hunger situation is, however, still listed as 'serious' in 45 out of 119 countries. Since 2000 no improvement has been made in the Central African Republic where the situation is 'extremely alarming'. In six other countries - Chad, Haiti, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Yemen, and Zambia – the hunger level is ranked 'alarming'.

Publication – Global Hunger Index

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Japan provides Zimbabwe US$1 million for nutrition, health, and WASH

Japan contributed an amount of US$1 million for support for food; nutrition; health; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Zimbabwe. The money will fund projects implemented in cooperation by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the government of Zimbabwe. The projects aim to strengthen the resilience of people residing in eleven districts affected by flood and drought. 

News article - Reliefweb

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Norwegian increases support for climate-adapted agriculture

According to its new budget, Norway will increase support for food security and climate-smart agriculture by US$7.1 million (NOK 60 million) in 2019. The increase will be earmarked to support vulnerable areas that are severely affected by climate change. According to Norwegian Development Minister Nikolai Astrup, climate adjustment is a prerequisite for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Norway is contributing to it through agricultural guidance, the development of soils that can tolerate more drought or excessive precipitation, and support for fertilizer and irrigation, safer storage, and access to markets.

 Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Norway prioritizes women’s rights and equality in 2019 development budget

The Norwegian government has proposed a US$119-million (NOK 1 billion) grant to women's rights and equal opportunities in its 2019 development assistance budget. The funds will be used for measures to improve women's and maternal health, through health care and other development policy efforts that strengthen women's rights. This includes core contribution to UN Women's Rights and Equity Organization (UN Women), UN Populations Fund (UNFPA), and various targeted gender equality measures. Equality and women's rights are goals in themselves, but the government states that succeeding in these areas is also important for other Sustainable Development Goals.

The core of Norway's work for gender equality is sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning, maternity health, and safe and legal abortions. 

Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Norway to increase development spending by US$2.5 billion in 2019

In its 2019 development budget, Norway has proposed spending US$4.5 billion (NOK37.8 billion) on development assistance, corresponding to about 1% of Norway’s Gross National Income and NOK2.5 billion more than in 2018. To increase the effectiveness of Norway’s efforts, the government has chosen to concentrate on:

  • Education
  • Business development
  • Agriculture and renewable energy
  • Climate change, environment and oceans,
  • Humanitarian action.

Around US$2.7 billion (NOK23 billion; 60%) of the development budget will be allocated to these areas.

Press release - Norwegian government

Japan pledges US$3 million in food assistance to Liberia

Japan has announced it will provide Liberia with the equivalent of US$2.7 million in rice to stave off hunger in the country. The rice will be sold at a minimum price, and the proceeds invested in Liberia's development policies. 

News article - Reliefweb

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US House Foreign Affairs Committee reauthorizes the Global Food Security Act

With bipartisan support, the US House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) passed a bill reauthorizing the Global Food Security Act, which stipulates the development and implementation of a comprehensive, whole-of-government strategy to combat hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. In approving the bill, HFAC Chairman Ed Royce stated that "Congress is taking a big, bipartisan step forward to provide relief. Reauthorizing and strengthening the Global Food Security Act will save lives and break down barriers to agriculture-led economic growth in the developing world. It will allow us to stretch our dollars further, and deliver the right response, at the right place, at the right time. It will provide poor farmers overseas, particularly women, new opportunities."

The bill has already passed the Senate.

Press release - HFAC

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UK calls for urgent action to tackle malnutrition in Yemen

UK Minister for the Middle East Alister Burt chaired a meeting of key international donors to address malnutrition in Yemen on the fringes of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. The meeting resulted in donors making a series of commitments to help reduce malnutrition with a focus on children under five, and pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Over seven million Yemenis are on the brink of malnutrition. UK development assistance is helping to provide food and support to a large share of these.

Press release – UK Government 

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Australian assistant development minister indicates that development budget will remain stable

Australian Senator Anne Ruston, the new Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific, reportedly indicated that for all intents and purposes there will be no further cuts to Australia’s development budget. In her first interview as assistant minister, she emphasized building relationships and maintaining a strategic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. This included being a reliable development partner. She also highlighting fishing as an important issue in the Pacific, and spoke on the need for government to alignment across issues such as climate change mitigation.

News article - Devex

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