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Towards food security in Africa: Are international private-public initiatives paving the way?

16-10-2017

The rise in global hunger in recent years undermines the perspective of 'zero hunger by 2030' set out in the United Nations Agenda 2030. Africa is particularly affected, with more than a quarter of its population living in a situation of severe food insecurity, and its agriculture suffering from major hindrances to production. Launched in 2012, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) is one of the international initiatives that have both raised high expectations and opened up controversy ...

The rise in global hunger in recent years undermines the perspective of 'zero hunger by 2030' set out in the United Nations Agenda 2030. Africa is particularly affected, with more than a quarter of its population living in a situation of severe food insecurity, and its agriculture suffering from major hindrances to production. Launched in 2012, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) is one of the international initiatives that have both raised high expectations and opened up controversy. Bringing together governments from both the North and the South, multinational firms and international agencies, it aims to boost investment in African agriculture so as to increase food security. Improved commercial seeds, use of inorganic fertilisers, infrastructure development and land-administration reforms are among the key elements of the project, underpinned by the use of public-private partnerships. After its first years of implementation, NAFSN proponents praise its market-oriented reforms and investments in the African countries involved. By contrast, its critics say that while paying lip service to smallholders, it serves the interests of corporate farming with no proven impact on food security. In 2016, the European Parliament voiced its concerns, pointing at a number of negative repercussions mainly on small-holders, and calling for a deep revamp of the NAFSN and the European Union (EU) support for agro-ecology based on small-scale farming. This briefing is a follow-up of an EP Library Briefing from October 2013.

The African Union's humanitarian policy

17-05-2016

Africa is the continent that receives the most humanitarian aid. African countries are not big donors, but many of them host large populations of displaced people. The African Union (AU) has developed a framework outlining innovative humanitarian principles and tools to prevent and mitigate crises, and since 2010 more coordinated action from AU states has been taking shape.

Africa is the continent that receives the most humanitarian aid. African countries are not big donors, but many of them host large populations of displaced people. The African Union (AU) has developed a framework outlining innovative humanitarian principles and tools to prevent and mitigate crises, and since 2010 more coordinated action from AU states has been taking shape.

World Humanitarian Summit 2016

02-05-2016

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), on 23 and 24 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey, will bring together a panoply of representatives of world governments, business, and civil society, in order to find a way to improve humanitarian responses to increasingly challenging conditions. The May plenary is due to hear from the Commission and Council on the EU approach to the WHS.

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), on 23 and 24 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey, will bring together a panoply of representatives of world governments, business, and civil society, in order to find a way to improve humanitarian responses to increasingly challenging conditions. The May plenary is due to hear from the Commission and Council on the EU approach to the WHS.

How Effective is eu Aid on the Ground? a Comparative Assessment of Eu Aassistance in Cambodia, Mozambique and Peru

02-10-2007

The authors of this report are Alina Rocha Menocal (ODI), Maria Teresa Albareda and Carlos Eduardo Aramburú (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú), Geoff Handley (ODI) and Sue Graves (ODI). The authors wish to thank Andrew Lawson and in particular Sven Grimm (German Development Institute, DIE) for their guidance and comments, as well as Roo Griffiths and Duncan Sinclair for their editorial assistance. Special thanks go in particular to the EC Delegations in Cambodia, Mozambique and Peru as well ...

The authors of this report are Alina Rocha Menocal (ODI), Maria Teresa Albareda and Carlos Eduardo Aramburú (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú), Geoff Handley (ODI) and Sue Graves (ODI). The authors wish to thank Andrew Lawson and in particular Sven Grimm (German Development Institute, DIE) for their guidance and comments, as well as Roo Griffiths and Duncan Sinclair for their editorial assistance. Special thanks go in particular to the EC Delegations in Cambodia, Mozambique and Peru as well as all the other individuals who took time off from their busy schedules and agreed to be interviewed for this project.

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Alina Rocha Menocal, Geoff Handley, Sue Graves ODI Maria Teresa Albareda, Carlos Eduardo Aramburú Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

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