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    Southern Africa Food and Nutrition Security Working Group (FNSWG) Quarterly Bulletin – 03 June 2021 issue 01 and 02 – Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Highlights: • Average to above.average rainfall improved water crop and pasture conditions catalysing agricultural and pastoral opportunities in most parts of the region, increasing the above-average harvest in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and parts of Mozambique. • Five out of 16 weather systems made landfall during the 2020/2021 Cyclone Season. Over 500,000 people were affected and over 219,000 fanning hectares were compromised during the last cyclone season, mostly in Mozambique, but also in Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Malawi, Botswana South Africa. • 1.14 million people in Madagascar are projected to be food insecure (IPC 3 or above) in April-September 2021, with an  

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    Director-General opens special session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) – World

    The Committee adopts policy recommendations on agroecological and other innovative approaches 04 June 2021, Rome – Agroecology, digital technologies and innovation all form part of the holistic redesign of the world’s agri-food systems to make them “more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable,” QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today. The Director-General spoke at the opening of the 48th Special Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the inclusive multistakeholder platform set up to allow all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and  

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    Des Moines’ food security task force to share urban farming resources

    Des Moines officials will form a food security task force in hopes of bolstering resources for residents with limited access to healthy diets.  The seven-member group will work on a volunteer basis with city officials to promote urban agriculture, research and recommend potential policies and create an online resource guide about where to find tools, compost, seeds, laying hens, honey bees and other supplies.  Council members unanimously approved the task force on Monday after Councilman Carl Voss and Councilwoman Connie Boesen spoke in support of the effort to ensure food security, a term that refers to peoples’ financial access to  

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    $4.7 million grant awarded to support food security in Massachusetts

    BOSTON (WWLP) — The Baker-Polito Administration announced last week $4.7 million in grants that will be used to address food insecurities across the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This money is part of a fifth round of the $36 million Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program created after being recommended by the Administration’s COVID-19 Command Center’s Food Security Task Force. The task force works to ensure all families and residents of the state have access to healthy food. “We recognize that food insecurity remains a significant challenge for many families throughout the Commonwealth, making our efforts to secure a resilient,  

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    Farms, food pantries share in $4.7M food security grants; Reed Farm in Sunderland among recipients

    SPRINGFIELD — All Nations Church Food Pantry used to help 150 to 170 families a month with needed groceries, said Doyle St. Louis, pastor of the church and director of its food pantry program. After COVID-19 damaged the economy and employment prospects, the pantry started seeing as many as 400 families a month. “Since the pandemic started, we’ve seen a marked increase in the number of people who are in need of assistance,” he said by phone Tuesday. The state announced $87,446 in grant funding Tuesday that will allow the church to move the pantry into its new, larger Leete  

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    Food security summit begins Dec. 8 | Business

    TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Food Coalition, an alliance of more than 70 food pantries, meal sites and baby pantries in northern lower Michigan, is offering a Food Security Summit, a free, six-part virtual information and engagement series. The online event strives to create additional public awareness through sharing data and stories of care, resiliency and change, according to a release, and to highlight a whole-community issue that is rapidly increasing in severity with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers invite people to attend if they are: experiencing food insecurity, supporting a family member or neighbor experiencing food insecurity,  

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