02 Feb

UK to boost jobs and trade in Tanzania

Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel launches the DFID Economic Development strategy at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa

The UK will sharpen its focus on economic development in the world’s poorest countries to help create the economic growth that will sustain rapidly growing populations, provide a long term solution to poverty and deal with the root causes of problems that affect Britain and Tanzania, International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced on January 31st, 2017.

Over the next decade a billion more young people will enter the job market, mainly in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa’s population is set to double by 2050. This demographic challenge will add to the pressure of protracted crises and mass migration.

DFID’s first Economic Development Strategy sets out how investment in economic development will help developing nations speed up their rate of economic growth , trade more and industrialise faster, and ultimately lift themselves out of poverty.

By helping the world’s poorest countries grow their economies, this investment will help create the UK’s trading partners of the future, boost global prosperity and address some of the root causes of global issues such mass migration and instability that affect the UK.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel said:

“There is no task more urgent than defeating poverty. The UK has a proud record of supporting people in desperate humanitarian crises, but emergency help alone won’t tackle the global changes we face.

With dramatic increases in population across Africa and Asia, developing nations must act fast to create jobs and investment, which is why Global Britain is leading a more open, more modern approach to development through our economic development to help the world’s poorest countries stand on their own two feet.

With the UK’s support, more people across Tanzania have the chance to get a job and build a brighter future for themselves and their families. The UK will continue to build this partnership between our two countries.

Over the next decade a billion more young people will enter the job market. Africa’s population is set to double by 2050 and as many as 18 million extra jobs will be needed. Failure will consign a generation to a future where jobs and opportunity are out of reach; potentially fuelling instability and mass migration with direct consequences for Britain.

Developing countries want to harness trade, growth and investment opportunities and Britain will lead the way to lift huge numbers out of grinding poverty to prosperity.”

The department will work across government to increase the number and quality of jobs in poor countries, enable businesses to grow and prosper, support better infrastructure, technology and a skilled and healthy workforce. […]

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16 Jan

Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from Egypt and areas in Poland and Ukraine

The CFS has contacted the Polish, Ukrainian and Egyptian authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks in the countries concerned

HONG KONG, The People’s Republic of China, January 16, 2017

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 16) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Egypt and Odessa and Chernovtsy Oblasts in Ukraine, and a notification from the Polish authorities about outbreaks of H5N8 avian influenza in Klodzki and Krakowski Districts in Poland, the CFS has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above places with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.
A CFS spokesman said that in the first 11 months of last year, Hong Kong imported about 18 700 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 4.8 million poultry eggs from Poland. Hong Kong at present has established a protocol with Ukraine for the import of poultry eggs but not for poultry meat. About 2.98 million poultry eggs were imported into Hong Kong from Ukraine in the same period. In addition, as Hong Kong has not established any protocol with Egypt for imports of poultry meat and eggs, there is no import of such commodities from Egypt.

“The CFS has contacted the Polish, Ukrainian and Egyptian authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks in the countries concerned. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation,” the spokesman said.

12 Jan

Mauritania aims to boost food production through new UN agency agreement

United Nations Headquarters

The first phase will focus on horticulture, poultry farming, goat milk and non-timber forest products; the second phase could include fishing and new income generating crops or activities

NEW YORK, United States of America, January 12, 2017

A new partnership between the United Nations rural poverty agency and officials in Mauritania could boost finances and nutrition for nearly 300,000 farmers in the southern part of the country.

“It will reduce the country’s dependence on food imports, create jobs and increase the incomes of rural households, especially women and youth,” said Philippe Rémy, the Country Programme Manager for Mauritania at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in a news release announcing the initiative, for which the agency is providing $21 million.

The agreement for the Inclusive Value Chain Development Project (PRODEFI), which was signed in Rome by Michel Mordasini, Vice-President of IFAD and Mariem Aouffa, Ambassador of Mauritania to Italy and Permanent Representative to Rome-based United Nations agencies, will cost a total of $45.2 million.

It will reduce the country’s dependence on food imports, create jobs and increase the incomes of rural households, especially women and youth

The first phase will focus on horticulture, poultry farming, goat milk and non-timber forest products; the second phase could include fishing and new income generating crops or activities.

If successful, the agreement would assist 285,600 farmers in six regions of the country which currently imports 60 per cent of its staple foods.

The agreement will also address issues of climate change through solar energy, and promote sustainable management techniques for natural resources.

11 Jan

WFP Launches Innovative Cash Assistance Programme in Darfur, Supported by UKAID

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed senior UK officials to a new cash assistance programme in Nyala’s Otash Camp in South Darfur

KHARTOUM, Sudan, January 11, 2017

The programme, funded by UK aid from the government of the United Kingdom, is currently providing unrestricted cash assistance to 75,000 displaced people, offering them choice and freedom to prioritize their needs.

The UK officials saw firsthand how vulnerable people in Otash Camp receive cash assistance from selected retailers using prepaid cards swiped against a Point of Service (POS) device.

Head of the British Diplomatic Service Simon McDonald, and Department for International Development (DFID) Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock, formally launched the programme today. Their visit is part of a dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders about how the UK can support development in Sudan and achieve shared objectives.

McDonald said: UK aid is supporting Sudan’s most vulnerable and excluded people to meet their basic needs, build their resilience to crisis, and lay the foundations for a more democratic, inclusive and peaceful future.

In 2017, WFP plans to assist 4.2 million vulnerable people in Sudan through a range of activities, including emergency food and cash-based transfers

With a contribution of £3.1 million (approximately US$4.5 million) from DFID, the cash assistance programme in Otash Camp is part of WFP’s continuing efforts to provide new and flexible solutions to ending hunger and promoting self-reliance among vulnerable communities in Sudan.

Lowcock said: DFID is proud to launch this innovative cash programme which will provide 75,000 people in Otash Camp with cash assistance, allowing them greater choice over what they buy and stimulating the local economy.

The current monthly cash entitlement is SDG 55 (US$8.53) which is adjusted for changes in the real market prices of cereals and beans, the food items that make up WFP’s food allocation for displaced people in Darfur. “Cash assistance enables me to buy the food my family needs from any market and at affordable prices,” said Umsineen Abdulaziz Abdalla, a displaced mother of seven children living in Otash Camp.

The UK has been a major donor to WFP in Sudan for many years. Since 2013, DFID has contributed more than £52 million to the cash and vouchers programme which currently supports more than half a million vulnerable and food-insecure displaced people and injects some £31.5 million into the local economy. DFID is also supporting a study that will determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the cash assistance programme in improving the food security and nutrition of the people it is designed to assist.

We are grateful to the British people, through DFID, for supporting our pioneering work in promoting self-reliance among the communities that we assist, said WFP Sudan Representative and Country Director Matthew Hollingworth. The cash and voucher assistance programme helps us respond not only to the food needs of vulnerable people, it also supports local traders and farmers; it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Sudan is one of WFP’s most complex operations, with recurring conflict, new and protracted displacement, insecurity, and crisis levels of malnutrition and food insecurity.

In 2017, WFP plans to assist 4.2 million vulnerable people in Sudan through a range of activities, including emergency food and cash-based transfers, nutritional support and resilience-building activities to help communities become independent. Through the Department for International Development, the UK is committed to continued support for humanitarian needs, early recovery and development in Darfur and throughout Sudan.