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Nairobi, 13 Jul 2015. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is known for its clear focus on building agricultural input systems and an enabling environment for rapid growth in agricultural production. However, learning from experience, AGRA has broadened its approach to include trade and market access, agricultural policies and support to farmers’ associations.

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Online, 29 Jun 2015. Jean-Pierre Halkin, head of the Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Security unit at the European Commission in Brussels expressed the EU’s support to the G7 Broad Food Security and Nutrition Development Approach and the German leadership of the G7 working group. In particular, the EU appreciates the progressive shift from input to impact pledge. "No more talking about billions of dollars but about millions of people,” he said on the phone with the secretariat. Extremely important was the G7’s new definition of food and nutrition security within the agreed broad agenda. Such definition allows for a profound change of the global food system, which is indeed of great importance to the practitioners of the international agriculture and rural development donor community, international institutions, governments and rural people.

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Schloss, Elmau, 12 Jun 2015. In their official Declaration, the G7 leaders state that they aim to lift 500 million people in developing countries out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030. The Leaders’ Declaration and the attached Annex include concrete strategic steps in line with the discussions currently taking place in preparation for the UN Climate Conference in Paris COP 21, the UN Summit in New York and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa.

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Brussels, 11 Jun 2015. The prominence of agriculture in global agendas was visible at the 8th edition of the European Development Days 15 (EDD 15) where new financial commitments for fighting malnutrition were announced, the role and risks of private sector involvement in agriculture debated, the importance of land tenure in achieving inclusive and sustainable agriculture outlined, and value chains for enhanced smallholder integration promoted.

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Online, 28 May 2015. In order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the EU member countries agreed in 2005 to reach a share of 0.7% Official Development Assistance (ODA) of the respective Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015. Member States which joined the EU after 2002 decided to aim for 0.33% ODA/GNI. Further stressing ODA as an important and catalytic element in the overall financing available for developing countries most in need, the European Council publishes annually a report on the EU and Member States’ commitments and delivery on ODA. The 5th report of this kind was recently submitted.

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