IAFN Updates

11 years ago today, we opened our office in Nairobi - our first in Africa. Since then, we’ve been focused on our mission to make information accessible and useful to everyone and we’ve initiated programmes to connect people, equip young Kenyans with digital literacy skills, support local businesses to get the most out of the web, and to put Kenyan tourism on the global map. 

Today, we’re announcing more products and programs aimed at boosting the Kenyan economy.

The Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) is happy to announce the dates of its 2019 Annual General Meeting, which all PSM members are welcome to attend. The AGM will take place at the Capo d'Africa Hotel in Rome, Italy on June 25th from 2:00 - 6:00 pm CET. This date falls during the FAO Conference (June 22-29), an important biannual event during which elections will be held for the next Director General of FAO.

On 16 October 2018, the Private Sector Mechanism hosted its annual High Level Dinner during the 45th Plenary Session of the Committee on World Food Security. Attended by over 200 guests, of which about a third were Ambassadors and member state representatives, the theme of the Dinner was "Engaging, Recruiting, and Retaining Youth in Agriculture." Read on for the full report. 

CFS45 took place at FAO Headquarters in Rome from October 15-19, and the Private Sector Mechanism had its largest delegation to date, with 180 business leaders, including over 65 youth and representatives of youth organizations, registered from 40 countries.

The SDGs represent a cross-cutting strategy to eradicate extreme poverty, using an integrated approach to address all three aspects of development: economic, environmental, and social. The CFS must ensure that its work is aligned with and relevant to ongoing SDG (or other UN) processes and multi-stakeholder partnerships, as well as draw attention to the vital contribution CFS activities can make to them. The SDGs touch every single person on the planet with the stated intent to leave no one behind. No organization (whether public, private, or other) can afford to stand on the sidelines. 

When vulnerable young children in India eat foods prepared with wheat enriched with zinc, they spend significantly fewer days sick with pneumonia and vomiting, shows a study published this week. Diets in India commonly lack sufficient zinc and consequently nearly 40% of children under five years of age are physically stunted and markedly vulnerable to common infections, like diarrhea and pneumonia. When not corrected prior to the second year of life, stunting may become irreversible, gravely impairing individual and societal development.

September 27, 2018 - All are invited to join a new online community dedicated to scaling and replicating inclusive business worldwide: www.inclusivebusiness.net  

The new platform has been created to ensure access to up-to-date knowledge and insights on inclusive business that can help turn great ideas into practical outcomes to improve the lives of the world’s poorest.

17 September 2018, Rome - With climate change poised to alter significantly the ability of many world regions to produce food, it is expected that international trade in agricultural products will have an increasingly important contribution to feeding the planet and responding to climate-related hunger flare-ups, says a new report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) Report is an annual flagship report jointly prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO to inform on progress towards ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition and to provide in-depth analysis on key challenges for achieving this goal in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report targets a wide audience, including policy-makers, international organizations, academic institutions and the general public.

Established in 2013, the Youth Summit is an annual event held by the World Bank Group (WBG) to engage with youth globally on the most pressing topics facing their generation. The primary goals of the Summit are to (1) empower youth to explore innovative ideas for tackling development challenges, (2) provide youth with the tools to build and engage in impactful projects, and (3) promote dialogue between youth, the WBG, and other key stakeholders globally. The Summit will take place in Washington, DC December 3-4, 2018. 

A common misconception is that malnutrition does not include obesity, but it does! @FAO Director General… https://t.co/CgDx6RjxdF
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:14