The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on the 14 September 2011 and will be organised in partnership with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. We will discuss the main challenges involved in rural transformation processes by sharing different perspectives on rural transformation processes across continents.
The problems arising from increasing urbanisation are at the heart of this year’s world water week taking placei n Stockholm from 21 to 27 August. Many presentations and discussions therefore focus on urban water management. Around 2,500 experts are expected to attend the conference.
Up to now, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has provided aid to nearly 8 million people in the region in the past five weeks and is targeting 11.5 million out of more than 13 million people affected by the drought and famine, with governments and partners tending to the rest. It recently started a series of nine airlifts to Mombasa, Kenya, carrying a total of 800 tons of high-energy biscuits (HEBs), enough to feed 1.6 million people for a day. Looking beyond the immediate crisis, the FAO will host a high-level meeting in Rome on 18 August to agree on steps to spark a short-term agricultural recovery, such as cash for work for agricultural and water harvesting, seed distribution, vaccination and animal feeding, irrigation and food storage.
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Boitshepo "Bibi" Giyose was appointed in July 2005 as Senior Advisor in Food and Nutrition Security to the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AU/NEPAD). Before joining NEPAD she worked for the UNDP/UNAIDS Botswana. In our interview during the Brussels Briefing on ACP Nutrition Security, she speaks about the actions and obligations of regional actors for fighting malnutrition.