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Japan has learned through hard experience the importance of investing in disaster preparedness, and it is using those lessons to help other countries. Japan experiences 20% of the earthquakes of magnitude 6 and higher that occur in the world, and it is exposed to uncountable natural disasters like typhoons and active volcanoes. Japan thus has a long history of awareness of the importance of disaster risk reduction. Today, it is one of the few countries in the world where proactive disaster risk reduction measures are widespread.
Recognising the need to integrate DRR and CCA into policies and institutions in The Member States, JICA has supported implementation of a project for ‘Strengthening Institutional and Policy Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Integration’.
The notion that “relief alone is not enough” is common to all actors involved in the management of humanitarian crises. This notion was officially framed at the United Nations (UN) in 1991 as a “continuum from relief to rehabilitation and development,” and today remains a challenging task in the agenda of international assistance organizations. Despite periodic efforts to understand the problem and to put forward solutions, reviews report a lack of conceptual clarity and little progress.
TOKYO, 13 December 2012 - A landmark partnership agreement between the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will bring new impetus to humanitarian interventions and sustainable development programmes benefitting vulnerable people in high-risk countries around the world.
Satisfactory progress has been made in the last two years to double Africa's rice production within 10 years and help alleviate continent-wide poverty.
However, continuing efforts are needed to more closely coordinate agricultural policies, attract several new 'key development partners' and strengthen south-south cooperation.
Those were some of the conclusions of the third general meeting of the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) held in the Tanzanian town of Arusha May 18-19.
Participants included and array of nations from Africa, Asia and elsewhere …
Even as the world is transfixed by the global economic meltdown, it is faced with another, almost forgotten crisis, "a terrible tide of increasing hunger."
An international symposium, Revisiting Food Security, hosted by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo (March 5), was told by a series of speakers that the world food crisis, which had received global headlines in 2008 was continuing to get worse even as it was overshadowed by the financial malaise.
Speakers from the Japanese government, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the U.N., Africa, …