Administrator Green Announces Next Phase of Feed the Future

Administrator Green Announces Next Phase of Feed the Future on First International Trip

Yesterday (August 30, 2017), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced the selection of 12 target countries for the next phase in America’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda.

With the selection of these 12 countries, the second phase of Feed the Future will be focusing its efforts on promoting long-term, sustainable development that brings partners together to help people harness the power of smart agriculture to jumpstart their local economies and lift themselves out of poverty. By equipping people with the tools to feed themselves over the long term, Feed the Future is addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty. This long-term investment builds communities that are more resilient to drought, famine and other natural disasters, and less dependent on emergency food assistance.

The announcement comes one year after the historic passage of the U.S. Global Food Security Act of 2016. To further the goals set forth in this Act, Feed the Future will make targeted, cost-effective investments to create opportunity, and build the capacity of these countries to reduce hunger, poverty, and malnutrition.

The U.S. Government selected these countries based on their need, as well as their opportunity for progress and partnership. Each country has committed to working with the United States, and to investing ample effort and resources of its own to tackle food insecurity in its country.

Feed the Future’s results to date:

* Unlocking nearly $2.7 billion in agricultural loans and leveraging more than $800 million in private sector capital investments for farmers in Feed the Future countries, since 2011;

* Generating nearly $2.6 billion in new agricultural sales from 2011 to 2016;

* Helping U.S. businesses compete and expand into new markets, while increasing demand for U.S. products. By supporting policies that open trade and reduce corruption, U.S. food and agricultural exports to Feed the Future partner countries increased by $1 billion from 2009 to 2016; and

* Saving lives. Today, 9 million more people are living above the poverty line and 1.8 million more children have escaped the devastating, lifelong consequences of poor nutrition early in life in areas where Feed the Future has invested.

Feed the Future is America’s initiative to combat global hunger and poverty, led by USAID, and drawing on the resources and expertise of ten additional Federal Agencies and Departments. The initiative leverages American development leadership to harness private-sector and host-country resources to help some of the world’s poorest countries develop the tools for a secure, stable, and successful future. For more information, visit
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President Zuma to Launch the Western Cape Invest SA One Stop Shop in Cape Town

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma will officially launch the InvestSA One Stop Shop – Western Cape (Invest SA OSS) on 8 September 2017 at the Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town.

The aim of the provincial Invest SA OSS is to provide strategic guidance, reduce regulatory inefficiencies, and reduce red tape for all investors looking to invest in the Western Cape.

The process leading to the launch has been an excellent example of collaboration between different levels of government, with the centre to be jointly operated by the dti with the Provincial government and WESGRO – the Western Cape’s official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency.

Minister of Trade and industry, Dr Rob Davies said that the value-proposition for the Provincial One Stop Shops is the co-ordination and incorporation of the special economic zones, provincial investment agencies, local authorities and the relevant government departments involved in regulatory, registration, permits and licensing matters.

“South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and, trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa’s burgeoning levels of international trade,” says Davies.

The Premier of the Western Cape, Ms Helen Zille says since 2009, the province has worked hard to cut red tape and maximize opportunities for both local and international investors.

“The launch of the dti initiated InvestSA One Stop Shop represents further progress in facilitating access to the Western Cape market for those wishing to do business in our province. We thank our Economic Development Department, our trade and investment agency Wesgro, and the national Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) for their efforts in reaching this major milestone. We look forward to the economic opportunities that will emerge from this One Stop Shop” says Zille.

President Jacob Zuma formally announced the establishment of InvestSA in the State of the Nation Address and also informed business leaders of the initiative in February 2016. Business people had informed government on many occasions of the difficulties and delays they incur when having to move from one department or institution to another to obtain licences and other services and government has responded through this initiative.

The InvestSA OSS is a government programme to prioritise and promote investment in South Africa. The National Invest SA One Stop Shop is housed at the the dti Campus in Pretoria.

Government plans to launch the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Provinces One Stop Shops in the near future.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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South Africa : Import and sale of raw oysters harvested in Zwembesi Farms suspended

Import and sale of raw oysters harvested in Zwembesi Farms of South Africa suspended

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (August 31) that the import into and sale within Hong Kong of raw oysters harvested in Zwembesi Farms of South Africa has been suspended with immediate effect.

The trade should also stop using or selling the product concerned immediately should they possess it.

A spokesman for the CFS said, “The CFS was notified by the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health of four food poisoning cases which involved consumption of raw oysters at branches of a restaurant chain in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay. The CFS conducted investigations at the restaurants concerned and found that the three restaurants had sold raw oysters from South Africa supplied by the same local supplier. The restaurants concerned also confirmed that they did not have any remaining stock of the affected raw oysters. In its follow-up investigations, the CFS noted from the information provided by the supplier that the affected raw oysters were harvested in Zwembesi Farms of South Africa. For the sake of prudence, the CFS has immediately suspended the import into and sale within Hong Kong of all raw oysters harvested in Zwembesi Farms of South Africa.”

The CFS has instructed the supplier concerned to stop supplying and selling the affected raw oysters immediately and is tracing the distribution of the affected product. The trade should also stop using or selling the product in question.

The spokesman pointed out that as oysters feed by filtering a large volume of seawater, pathogens (such as norovirus), chemical contaminants or natural toxins can accumulate in them if they are grown in or harvested from contaminated water. Regardless of the season or the region in which the oysters are harvested, consuming oysters, particularly raw or partially cooked ones, carries an inherent food safety risk. Susceptible groups, such as pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems or liver diseases, should avoid eating raw oysters.

The CFS will inform the South African authorities and will also notify the local trade. It will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health. Investigation is ongoing.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

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UK cracks down on modern slavery in Nigeria

The UK is cracking down on the barbaric crime of modern slavery, International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced from Nigeria today, as she called for a world free from this abhorrent trade.

During a visit to a safe house – home to child victims as young as seven – Ms Patel met survivors of modern slavery and announced increased support to provide alternative jobs and livelihoods for potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery, including support for those who become victims to help them reintegrate into society and to protect them from re-trafficking – reducing a crime that directly affects the UK.

Nigeria is the fourth largest source of human trafficking to the UK, and the International Organization for Migration estimates that approximately 80% of girls arriving to Europe from Nigeria through irregular migration are potential victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

During a joint visit to Nigeria alongside Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Ms Patel raised the issue of trafficking at the highest levels in government and challenged the political and cultural acceptance of modern slavery, a trade which earns more for criminals around the world than any other, apart from the illegal drug trade.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel said: It is shameful that in the 21st Century the evil crime of modern slavery lurks in every corner of the globe, including on the UK’s streets, destroying the lives of young men, women, and children. We will not stand aside and ignore this barbaric and often invisible crime, which all too often reaches our shores and is damaging for everyone except the perpetrators. The UK is a global leader in stamping out modern slavery, pressing the international community including the Nigerian Government to tackle this crime at source, bringing perpetrators to justice and protecting victims who have been subject to unimaginable horrors. Our support is offering vulnerable girls and women an alternative life to slavery and exploitation and helping them reintegrate into society, stopping vicious cycles of abuse and creating a more prosperous and secure future for thousands, as well as for us at home.

The Prime Minister Theresa May has made clear that tackling modern slavery is a top priority for the UK, creating the world-leading Modern Slavery Act in 2015 and establishing the cross-government taskforce, which includes the International Development Secretary.

According to latest figures, 875,500 Nigerians are living in modern slavery worldwide, including in the UK, and Ms Patel heard from counsellors at a safe house in Lagos, run by Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), who have helped some of these vulnerable people.

In the safe house, Ms Patel saw children – some as young as seven years old – who have been trafficked across the world, including to the UK, Europe, Libya and other countries across Africa. She vowed to challenge the cultural acceptance of human exploitation; often young girls and boys who end up trapped in this abusive trade are encouraged by their families to risk their lives in search of money and a better future.

This new package of support builds on progress already being made by the UK in Nigeria and across the world. The UK’s existing support to Nigeria is helping to support investigations and bring perpetrators to justice, as well as providing protection for victims.

The British Government is driving reform within the international system to coordinate a more effective and focused approach to stamp out this exploitation.

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