From the famine in Yemen to the rise of African agribusiness, this selection of news focuses on the links between food and development.
Back from the Hodeïda hospital, just a few miles from the battleground, representatives of the UN and Unicef try to raise awareness on the catastrophic situation in Yemen. A child that could have been saved dies there, every ten minutes.
“ Why a “war on children” in Yemen could get worse ” , National Public Radio, 14 November 2018
The Global Financing Facility (GFF) fund, set up in 2015 by the UN and the World Bank, wants to address inequality in access to treatment for women and children worldwide. It just raised $1 billion to do so.
“ The biggest feminist fund (that you’ve probably never heard of) raises $1 billion to boost health of women and children worldwide ” , The Telegraph, 6 November 2018
In Latin America and the Caribbean, 3.6 million new people per year have obesity, and the number of people suffering from hunger is on the rise too. FOA’s new report highlights how food insecurity and poverty are intertwined.
“ Inequality exacerbates hunger, malnutrition and obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean ” , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 7 November 2018
At the Paris Peace Forum, Gilbert F. Houngbo, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, urged global leaders to invest in the long-term development of rural areas in Africa. In doing so, they would improve food security and youth employment in unstable regions such as the Sahel.
“ Peace, stability not possible without rural development, says IFAD President ahead of Paris Peace Forum ” , Busiweek, 9 November 2018
At the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, investors, sponsors and borrowers met and discussed the need to unlock Africa’s huge agricultural potential. To transform $110 billion worth of imports into exports, boost employment and ensure food autonomy, $45 billion need to be invested per year.
“ Africa’s agribusiness tipped at $1 trillion business by 2030 ” , The Citizen, 15 November 2018
China renewed its alliance with the FAO during the 2018 South-South Cooperation on Agriculture Forum in Changsha. For two years, it will share its technical expertise with Madagascar. The goal is to make the Great Island self-sufficient in rice production by 2025.
“ South-South cooperation on agriculture a key ingredient for Zero Hunger ” , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2 November 2018
Since the drought caused by El Niño in 2015, it barely rained in the southern regions of Madagascar. 1.2 million people are affected, and many children suffer from extreme malnutrition. Early November, the people went to the polls on empty stomachs to elect their next president.
“ Madagascar presidential election: What you need to know ” , Mail & Guardian, 7 November 2018
Venezuela’s malnutrition rates have suffered the highest increase in South America over the last few years, states the FAO. This situation is particularly threatening to pregnant women and young mothers. In 2017, the Secretary of State for Health was fired after having revealed an alarming 66% increase in maternal mortality.
“ Venezuela: Numbers Highlight Health Crisis ” , Human Rights Watch, 15 November 2018
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