According to the new Global Food Policy Report 2017, increasing urbanization and population growth threaten to increase malnutrition in much of the developing world, requiring policies that boost access to healthy foods and that better connect rural producers with urban consumers. The report, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute, provides both a review of progress against malnutrition in 2016 and a look ahead at the world's most pressing food challenges.
The report highlights significant reductions in hunger in key countries and decreased food prices globally. However, persistent challenges include the need to strengthen value chains, make critical investments in infrastructure investments, improve policy coordination across jurisdictions, and the implementation of other actions to improve linkages between where food is produced and where it is increasingly consumed.
During an official visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the EU International Cooperation and Development Commissioner, Neven Mimica, announced €165 million in additional assistance for drought-stricken parts of East Africa. €100 million will go to South Sudan, while €65 million will be divided amongst Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya to help prevent famine. Two-thirds of the funding to South Sudan is intended to support South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries. The remaining third will be used to address malnutrition, diseases, and water access in the country, and to protect vulnerable people, particularly women and children, from human rights abuses. The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, was also in attendance on the visit.
The 58th Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Investment Corporation takes place in Ascunción, Paraguay. This official gathering is a forum for discussion among the institutions' Governors, many of whom are finance ministers of the regional and non-regional member countries, central bank presidents, and advisors. Representatives from multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, and commercial and investment banks are also invited to attend.
Location: Asunción, Paraguay
The Spring Meeting of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) brings central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, civil society, and academics together to discuss issues of global concern. Topics include the world economic outlook, global financial stability, poverty eradication, jobs and growth, economic development, and aid effectiveness. The meeting also offers an opportunity for civil society organizations to share their views and interact with policymakers in a global setting.
Location: Washington, D.C., US