Treating Acute Malnutrition: UNICEF

UNICEF has treated over one million children for severe acute malnutrition, with 400,000 of them alone in Nigeria in 2017. Bamidele Omotola, a senior nutrition specialist at UNICEF’s Nigeria country office, discusses malnutrition in children. Notably, he references ‘early childhood development’ and highlights the critical importance of providing proper nurturing...

Germany and Bangladesh sign €300m deal to support development programmes

Germany has signed three agreements with Bangladesh to improve the country's infrastructure and resilience against the impacts of climate change. The total €337.2 million deal will take the form of both loans and contributions towards a range of projects which support sustainable development. These include €216 million towards climate smart agriculture programmes and...

UN Secretary General: ‘Migrants sent $600bn home last year’

In a speech on Thursday, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, highlighted the vital role migration plays in fostering international development. Speaking during an informal meeting of the General Assembly, Mr. Guterres said: “Migrants make a major contribution to international development – both by their work and by sending remittances...

What are the Humanitarian Priorities for this Year?

The United Nations forecasts that conflict will drive humanitarian needs this year, and result in approximately 136 million people across 26 countries requiring aid. Other driving factors include violence, displacement, and hunger. In order to cater for this, the British government aims to make an additional GB £21 million available...

European Union takes over role to combat conflict diamonds

On Friday, the European Union formally took over the chairmanship of the Kimberley Process and will spearhead the international initiative to combat the trade in conflict diamonds. The process was launched in 2002 through the United Nations as a way of ensuring that diamonds were not being sold to finance...

World Bank approves $170m to support rural projects in the Philippines

The World Bank has announced an additional $170m in financing to support the Philippines government implement a project to improve rural livelihoods. In a statement on Friday, the World Bank said that the financing will go into developing essential rural infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, irrigation systems, and drinkable water...

India and Southeast Asian nations commit to climate smart agriculture

“The journey ahead offers limitless opportunities” India’s agriculture minister said yesterday at a summit in New Dehli. Mr. Radha Mohan Singh was bringing to a close the fourth ministerial meeting between India and the ASEAN union of Southeast Asian countries. The meeting, which focussed on agriculture and forestry, concluded with...

Urban farms have huge untapped potential to fight hunger

New research has shed light on the huge potential for urban agriculture to provide food security and sustainable development. Researchers at the Arizona State University (ASU) and Google analysed a range of datasets to estimate the size of services which could be met by urban farming. This included looking at population...

New guidebook will support climate smart agriculture policies

The Food and Agriculture Organization has launched a new web platform to provide a better understanding of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). The sourcebook, now in its second edition, provides in-depth knowledge and advice on how to implement sustainable rural practices. There are new modules which address climate change adaptation and...

Transparency is improved with new tool to analyse funding flows

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a new online tool to better understand the financial flows into the food and agricultural sectors from Official Development Assistance (ODA). The tool, called AIDmonitor, is a deep dive into where aid is coming from and how it...

New mobile app could help African farmers in a changing climate

A new app has been developed to help farmers on the continent choose the right type of plants in response to climate change. The app, called African Tree Finder, has been developed by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and currently helps identify 80 tree species for specific agricultural uses. These...

We need insurance to reflect the reality of climate disasters

It is well known that climate change causes an increase in the likelihood and severity of natural disasters. It is vital, therefore, that the cost of adapting and rebuilding after these catastrophes does not unduly fall on the poorest people. For example, Hurricane Irma, which ravaged the Caribbean and North...

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