Washington, 2 Jul 2015. The United States Department of Agriculture released a report on the state of food security in 76 countries “International Food, Security Assessment 2015-2025”. The publication offers a status quo assessment and outlook probabilities on food security in low- and middle-income countries that have experienced food crises and insecurity in the past. The report’s projections are based on measures of food production and import capacity. The domestic food production is the key factor that determines food security, particularly in the developing countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and North Africa the share of imported food is significantly larger, which makes this the most influential factor.

Rome, 30 Jun 2015. CFS serves as a platform that brings together stakeholders in the policy area of food security and nutrition to discuss the incentives for investment in agriculture. The High-Level Forum focused on access to markets for the smallholder farmers. The conditions that smallholders work and produce in, differ greatly from country to country. The great level of diversity creates a challenge, so the forum focused on case study experiences on governance policies towards smallholder farmers. The participants focused on the questions of who needs access to what markets and how this access can be facilitated.

Helsinki, 29 Jun 2015. Mobile applications (Apps) in general have quickly become the world’s most common way transmitting data and services. Apps for health and nutrition in particular hold significant potential for advancing development.The University of Helsinki, Finland just developed a new nutrition and health education program, GloCal. GloCal is designed to give accurate and need-specific information on maternal and young child nutrition and health to mothers and other caregivers.

Washington, 29 Jun 2015. The World Bank published a report on the opportunities to use “Big data in action for development”. The main focus is on the potential of big data in addressing development challenges in Central America. Big data offers an insight into the behaviour of people, but also poses serious challenges and imposes several important considerations.

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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