USAID and PepsiCo Foundation collaborate to address Global Food and Water Challenges

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the PepsiCo Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand collaboration between USAID, PepsiCo, and the PepsiCo Foundation. The new global agreement lays the foundation for co-creation and co-investment by USAID, PepsiCo, and the PepsiCo Foundation to help underserved communities around the world address food and water challenges sustainably by enhancing agricultural productivity. Two programs are already planned in India … [Read more...]

Bhutan-Nepal Human Capital Forum highlights Urgent Need to Invest in early Years of Childhood to drive Growth and Development

In the Bhutan-Nepal Human Capital Forum, participants have highlighted the need to urgently invest in the early years of childhood to drive growth and development in the productive years. The two-day conference started with the participation of high-level delegates from both countries who met to strategize ways of investing more and better on human capital. Speaking at the inaugural session, Finance Minister of Nepal, Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada said, "A country is comprised of the collective … [Read more...]

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UNICEF and UNFPA collaborate to strengthen Humanitarian Needs of Children and Women in Venezuela

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have signed a collaboration agreement to strengthen their cooperation in response to the humanitarian needs of children, adolescents, mothers and pregnant women in Venezuela. In the past months, both United Nations agencies have been scaling up their humanitarian aid and development programs in Venezuela. Through this agreement, UNICEF and UNFPA will share information and technical resources in … [Read more...]

FAO and IFAD launch Global Plan of Action highlighting Key Role of Farmers as Drivers of Sustainable Development

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched the Decade of Action for Family Farming and a Global Plan of Action to better support family farmers, especially those living in developing countries. Family farms account for 90 percent of farms worldwide and produce 80 percent of the world's food, in terms of value. These are essential elements that can stimulate sustainable development and contribute to … [Read more...]

$502 Million for Nutrition and Health project in Democratic Republic of Congo

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved a total financing of $502 million for the Multisectoral Nutrition and Health project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This funding comprises a $246 million credit and a $246 grant from the International Development Association (IDA) and a $10 million grant from the Global Financing Facility (GFF). Child malnutrition is an underlying cause of up to 45 percent of under five deaths and a major challenge in the DRC. The project … [Read more...]

9th Edition of Global Entrepreneurship Summit comes to Hague

The 9th edition of Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), will be coming to The Hague, Netherlands, from 3-5 June 2019. At the GES, around 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors and other participants from all over the world will come together at the World Forum in The Hague. The theme of this year is "The Future Now". The focus investment sectors of GES for this year are agri/food, connectivity, energy, health, and water. Access to finance, job creation, and women’s economic empowerment are … [Read more...]

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WFP provides Emergency Food Assistance for Flood-Hit Iranian People

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started delivering emergency food assistance to sustain 40,000 people in response to flash flooding that has hit much of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran has been lashed by torrential rain which has caused massive flooding in most of Iran’s 31 provinces, killing more than 75 people and displacing thousands. The flooding has most severely affected Golestan, Fars, Khuzestan, Lorestan, and Ilam, resulting in states of emergency being declared … [Read more...]

£1.6m Million Funding to support Recovery Efforts of Families Displaced by Floods in Malawi

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has provided an additional £1.6m million (USD 2.06 million) to UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP), Concern Worldwide and GOAL to support recovery efforts of families displaced by floods in the southern region of Malawi. This includes provision of cash transfers so that communities can withstand future shocks, nutrition support, seeds for the winter crop, prevention of post-harvest losses for smallholder farmers, rehabilitation of … [Read more...]

Thirty Projects awarded Funding from UK Government’s Darwin Initiative

Thirty two new projects have been awarded in the latest round of funding from the government's Darwin Initiative. Wild tulips, food security and coastal and forest habitat conservation are at the heart of the 32 new international conservation projects set to be awarded a share of £8.2 million from the UK government’s Darwin Initiative. Recent reports on international nature have put the issue of species loss high on the nation’s agenda. Last week, the UN’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy … [Read more...]

Two new Projects to jointly address Malnutrition Problem in Lao PDR

Two new projects, The Reducing Rural Poverty and Malnutrition Project totaling US$52 million, will jointly address high levels of stunting in northern provinces of Lao PDR. These projects will lay the foundations of a national social protection system and support the delivery of a conditional cash transfer program for improved nutrition. The Scaling-Up Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project will improve access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services. The $27 million social … [Read more...]