WFP enters into a pact with Tanzania Social Action Fund to strengthen food security

TANZANIA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), a Government Department responsible for safety net programmes, have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen food security for 300,000 vulnerable families. Under this agreement, WFP will provide US$ 725,000 to TASAF to strengthen food security related activities and encourage community participation in the design of the programmes. Vulnerable families who are part of the social protection programme will come together to construct important community assets like schools, health centres and water sources. They…

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GAIN to rope in Ethiopia’s private sector in streamlining country’s food system to tackle malnutrition

ETHIOPIA – The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN to tackle human suffering caused by malnutrition, has launched Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) in Ethiopia, to foster availability and affordability of safe, nutritious food in the country. The SBN is one of the four global networks within the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement which supports 61 Countries, including Ethiopia, to develop a multi-stakeholder approach to scale up and invest in nutrition. In Ethiopia, SBN’s approach will include convening businesses around national nutrition…

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WFP seeks US$132m to deliver food to over 750,000 vulnerable people in Mozambique

MOZAMBIQUE – The United Nations World Food Programme is in urgent need of US$132.4 million to be channelled in offering humanitarian food assistance in the next 12 months to the 750,000 people affected by the conflicts in nothern Mozambique. WFP is currently assisting up to 400,000 people in the country with an in-kind monthly family food basket of 50 kg of cereals, 5 liters of oil and 10 kg of dried beans and lentils. The humanitarian organization also provides cash-based assistance where local markets are functioning, allowing families to choose…

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UNICEF appeals for US$1 billion support to tackle malnutrition among 10.4 million African children in 2021

AFRICA – The United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide UNICEF, has made an urgent call to humanitarian actors in Africa and Yemen and the international community on the ground to urgently expand access to and support for nutrition, health, water and sanitation services for children and families. This comes as the agency revealed shocking statistics that 10.4 million children are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), northeast Nigeria, the Central Sahel, South Sudan…

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Del Monte Kenya partners with United Nations to build healthier, more productive workforce

KENYA – Fresh Del Monte Produce, global producer, marketer and distributor of fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables has announced that its Kenyan subsidiary Fresh Del Monte Kenya has partnered with UN women health and empowerment program to promote good health. Under the partnership, they will disseminate information pertaining to reproductive health and cancers, menstrual health, contraceptives, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and gender-based violence. They are targeting to reach 10,000 women to include employees and community by the year 2024. “Companies employing millions of women in their global supply chains have…

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Trade costs of non-tariff measures doubles in the Asia-Pacific region

ASIA – Trade costs of non-tariff measures have now more than double that of tariffs in the Asia Pacific region, according to a new report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). While applied tariffs in the Asia-Pacific region have halved over the past two decades, the report highlighted that number of non-tariff measures (NTMs) – policy regulations other than tariffs affecting international trade – has risen significantly. The report ‘Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2019 (APTIR)’ which was released by ESCAP in…

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