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UN rural development agency IFAD to open Japan office to boost global hunger eradication efforts

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 febbraio 2021

Recognizing that investments in small-scale farmers in developing countries are imperative to tackle hunger, poor nutrition and poverty, the Japanese government and the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an historic agreement today to open the first IFAD Liaison Office in Japan.The agreement was signed by Gilbert F. Houngbo, IFAD President, and the Ambassador Permanent Representative of Japan to IFAD, Oe Hiroshi.With its new presence in Japan, IFAD will deepen its engagement with the government, parliamentarians, the private sector, academia and civil society, and promote partnerships and exchanges of knowledge and expertise, including in the areas of ICT for development, reducing food loss, strengthening food value chains and improving nutrition in rural areas.“Japan’s international leadership role in support of better nutrition is more important than ever if we want to end hunger by 2030,” said Houngbo. “This agreement reflects our joint commitment to this goal, and gives us an opportunity to work closer together to build sustainable food systems that promote healthy diets, improve rural peoples’ incomes and build their resilience to ensure adaptation to climate change.” Food systems dominated by small-scale farms produce more than 70% of the food calories in sub-Saharan Africa, and South and East Asia. Small-scale farming is also key for maintaining nutritional diversity.“Japan welcomes IFAD’s decision to open the IFAD Liaison Office in Japan. IFAD is an important partner of Japan to tackle difficult challenges such as food insecurity and malnutrition as well as poverty in rural areas,” said Oe Hiroshi. “We believe this new office will be a strong hub for broadening and deepening IFAD’s engagement with a variety of stakeholders in Japan and leverage better knowledge and partnership for transforming rural livelihoods.”

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IFAD’s fight against rural poverty and hunger highlighted at One Planet Summit

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 gennaio 2021

Rome. In a move to sustainably address rising hunger and poverty, exacerbated by COVID-19, climate change and biodiversity loss, French President Emmanuel Macron called on global leaders to step up their commitments in support of long-term agricultural development.Earlier in the day, President Macron met with the IFAD’s UN Goodwill Ambassadors Idris Elba, actor, filmmaker and humanitarian, and Sabrina Dhowre Elba, actress, model and activist, who advocated for increased investments to rural populations, biodiversity and the fight against climate change.Three out of four of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas. A majority of them work in agriculture on small farms. While they produce 50 percent of the world’s food calories on only 30 percent of global agricultural land, many of them live in poverty and cannot feed their families. Hunger and poverty are on the rise due to conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.IFAD is one of the world’s largest multilateral financiers of agriculture and rural development, active in remote, rural areas in almost 100 countries. For over 40 years, its work has shown that investing in rural areas promotes prosperity, food security and resilience to weather changes, natural disasters, price hikes and other shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic that can later lead to humanitarian crises. Research also shows that economic growth in agriculture is two to three times more effective at reducing poverty than growth in other sectors.IFAD has called on its Member States to significantly increase their contributions in support of its Twelfth Replenishment to deliver an overall programme of work of at least US$11 billion from 2022 to 2024, including through a new private sector financing programme and an expansion of its pioneering climate change adaptation programme (ASAP+). This would help approximately 140 million rural people increase their production and raise their incomes through better market access, contributing to creating jobs and improving food security and nutrition for the world’s most vulnerable people.France joins 25 other countries who have already pledged their contributions to IFAD’s Replenishment including increases from countries such as Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Finland, The Gambia, Greece, Luxembourg, Mali, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Sweden and Uganda. Significant pledges have also been made by the Netherlands and Japan. Many other countries have confirmed their intention to announce increased contributions at the main pledging session in February.

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New rural finance programme to help millions of Ethiopian farmers

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 ottobre 2020

Against the backdrop of the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, particularly in African countries, the Government of Ethiopia and the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD) have launched a new US$305.7 million programme to help the most vulnerable farmers increase their resilience.The third phase of the Rural Financial Intermediation Programme (RUFIP III) is beginning at a crucial time. Implemented by the Development Bank of Ethiopia, it will help farmers to access financial services, raise and diversify their incomes, improve nutrition and build their resilience in rural areas threatened by climate change.The virtual launch involved project participants, government officials, UN and IFAD staff, including Solomon Desta, Vice Governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia, Yohannes Ayalew, President of the Development Bank of Ethiopia, Catherine Sozi, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Ethiopia and said Ulaç Demirag, IFAD Country Director for Ethiopia. The funding includes a $35.1 million grant and $4.9 million loan from IFAD, with significant cofinancing from international development partners and from national financial institutions. The Government of Ethiopia’s contribution is $51.9 million and $0.9million from the beneficiaries themselves.Ethiopia’s agriculture sector, which employs 80 per cent of the population, continues to suffer from frequent droughts aggravated by climate change. In 2017, insufficient rainfall during the rainy season led to catastrophic crop and livestock losses and left an estimated 8.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.RUFIP III will build on the lessons and experiences of the first two phases of the programme, and will scale up delivery of rural financial services tailored to the needs of the most vulnerable smallholder farmers, particularly women and young people.Through the project, rural finance institutions will be able to deliver an expanded range of financial products and services to a large number of rural poor people. It will also support the uptake of these products by rural savings and credit cooperatives and microfinance institutions through financial literacy training. It will also develop insurance products through the rural finance institutions to allow smallholder farmers to mitigate the risks related to climate change.Despite improvements, Ethiopia’s child malnutrition rates are still the highest in sub-Saharan Africa. The programme will also promote nutrition awareness through campaigns and demonstrations, targeting the areas most vulnerable to food insecurity due to climate change. It will also help farmers and small enterprises to enhance their resilience to weather related shocks. Since 1980, IFAD has invested $795.5 million in 20 rural development programmes and projects in Ethiopia worth a total of $2.1 billion. These have directly benefited around 12 million rural households.

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Morehouse School of Medicine to Expand Access to Digital Health Technologies for Rural and Underserved Communities

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 ottobre 2019

The United Health Foundation on Thursday announced a new partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine’s National Center for Primary Care to examine how digital tools could be leveraged to support underserved and rural communities in four Southeastern states. The partnership is funded through a three-year, $1.1 million grant and will support scientific research examining how to make digital health technology more accessible and useful for residents of urban and rural underserved communities across Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee.
This is the latest partnership between Morehouse School of Medicine and UnitedHealth Group. Morehouse of School of Medicine received a previous grant from the United Health Foundation to help build health systems and technology for a local clinic, and is part of UnitedHealth Group’s partnership with the Atlanta University Center Consortium, along with three other historically Black universities, focused on educating and training the next generation of health analytics workers.

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€200m fund for rural enterprise launched

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 febbraio 2019

The ‘Agri-Business Capital Fund’, or ABC Fund, aims to raise €200 million (US$226 million) over the next decade, and will focus on attracting capital into rural enterprises, farmers’ organisations and smallholder groups, who often suffer from a lack of access to financing tools. The fund will work with financial institutions and directly with businesses to provide loans ranging from €20,000 to €800,000.“Smallholders and rural businesses are not getting the investment they need from the private sector,” Neven Mimica, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, said at the fund’s launch in Rome. “ABC Fund will help us address this gap, improve their access to capital and consequently the lives of 700,000 rural households.”The fund has already raised commitments worth €45 million from the EU and the ACP, €5 million from the European Union and and €4.5 million from AGRA. The fund will be based in Luxembourg, and its portfolio will be managed by two investment companies, Bamboo Capital Partners and Injaro Investments.
“Our African, Caribbean and Pacific members have great expectations of the ABC Fund,” Patrick Gomes, ACP Secretary General, said at the fund’s launch. “We look forward to having the Fund respond to specific needs in the three regions and supporting the implementation of our new approach to structurally transform the ACP agricultural sector. This fund, which aims to contribute to wealth and job creation, particularly for our youth, should significantly enable ACP countries to add value, extract higher rents from commodities, diversify and further integrate into global value chains.” (font: responsiblebusiness.com)

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Fluence Awarded Another Rural Wastewater Project in Guizhou Province, China

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 marzo 2018

Fluence Corporation Limited (ASX: FLC) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded another contract to deliver its smart-packaged MABR technology solution (C-MABR), for a 1,000 m3/day wastewater treatment plant for the local government of Zhenfeng County, Guizhou province, China.
The contract was generated through Fluence’s local partner in China, Jiangsu Jinzi Environment Company (Jinzi), and is in addition to the order for six C-MABR plants under the companies’ November 2017 framework agreement.Fluence’s technology will treat rural wastewater for the Zhenfeng County government utilising the company’s C-MABR solution, which consistently meets China’s Class 1A effluent standards. In addition to its state-of-the-art technology, Fluence was awarded the contract as a result of fast commissioning – delivery of the entire C-MABR plant, including tertiary treatment and supply of auxiliary supporting equipment, is scheduled to take place in just five weeks.Commenting on this new contract in China, Fluence Managing Director & CEO Henry Charrabé said: “We are proud of our partnership with Jinzi and are happy to see our collaboration grow in China. Once again, we see that Fluence’s C-MABR solution is well-suited for the rural Chinese wastewater treatment market, and we believe we are ideally positioned to capture a significant share of this market. Our ability to rapidly deliver reliable and cost-effective wastewater treatment solutions is recognised by clients and partners and was a key factor in this new contract award.”
Commenting on this project, Jinzi Managing Director Xie Xiaodong said: “Jinzi is successfully expanding its wastewater business across China. We are confident that together with Fluence Corporation, we will continue our rapid growth in the environmental services industry. We have partnered with Fluence as we believe that their MABR technology will be widely applied to rural wastewater treatment in China in the near future. I hope that based on our concept of win-win cooperation, Fluence and Jinzi will have a broad, long-term and strategic cooperation in China rural wastewater treatment.” Fluence’s C-MABR unit features modular engineering for quick and easy deployment, even in remote areas, energy-saving features and remote monitoring for ease of operation and maintenance. When completed, this Fluence C-MABR project will be part of the largest rural wastewater project in Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province, China.

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Commissioner Hogan on official visit to Sofia, Bulgaria

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 luglio 2015

bulgariaPhil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, is today (10 July 2015) on official visit in Sofia, Bulgaria. He will meet with the Bulgarian President, Mr Rossen Plevneliev, with the Prime Minister, Mr Boyko Borissov, and with the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Ms Desislava Taneva. Together with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture, he will open a factory for meat processing financed by the Bulgarian Rural Development Programme. Commissioner Hogan will also deliver a speech to the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Food and will participate in a European debate with Ms Meglena Kuneva, Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies Coordination and Institutional affairs, as well as with Ms Desislava Taneva. They will discuss the key role of Agriculture and Rural Development for jobs creation and investment. In addition to these political meetings, he will also launch the Initiative for Social Empowerment (ISE)’s pilot project empowering disadvantaged communities (predominately women and Roma) from rural areas to start their own micro-enterprises in local herbal products.

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