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World Bank Highlights Significant Food Price Rises

“Rising food prices pushed tens of millions of people into extreme poverty last year and are reaching ‘dangerous levels’ in some countries, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Tuesday as he released new data showing that the cost of grain and other staples is near a historic high,” the Washington Post reports (Schneider, 2/15). About 44 million people in developing countries have been pushed into poverty because of food prices that have risen since June, according to information from the bank, which was released ahead of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank heads, a World Bank press release states (2/15).

Media Examine Effects, Outlook Of Food Price Increases Worldwide

“A rush by farmers to expand plantings in many parts of the world is raising expectations that food prices may retreat as early as the second half of this year if weather conditions remain favorable,” the Wall Street Journal reports in a story examining how recent global developments could affect food price spikes.

U.N. Report Examines Links Between Man-Made Chemicals, Health Issues

“Man-made chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases, a U.N.-sponsored research team reported on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “The international group, academic experts working under the umbrella of the United Nations environmental and health agencies…

IFRC Issues Renewed Appeal For Resources To Help Food Insecure People In Horn Of Africa

The world is slowly losing the fight against hunger in the Horn of Africa, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which renewed its call for emergency food supplies, water and recovery activities to help about 2.5 million food insecure people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, Xinhua/ reports.

Blog Series Examines Global Health’s Future

In her continuing series of blog posts, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett posted five more entries on issues related to the future of global health. She addresses topics including global health financing, food security and climate change (5/28). In Humanosphere, Garrett writes a guest post summarizing her…

World Bank Warns Climate Change Will Affect Development, Worsen Poverty Unless Action Taken

“In fewer than 20 years, climate change impacts — from flooded major cities to crashing food production — threaten to fundamentally reshape the world economy and dramatically worsen human lives, the World Bank’s president warned on Wednesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports (Goering, 6/19). “It is time to stop arguing about…

UNICEF Warns High Temperatures In Syria, Middle East Increase Children’s Disease Risks

“The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns soaring summer temperatures in conflict-ridden Syria and neighboring countries of refuge are putting millions of children at risk of disease,” VOA News reports. “According to UNICEF, overcrowding and worsening hygiene are threatening the health and well-being of some four million children affected by the…

Policymakers Should Help Improve Food Security In Urban Areas, Report Says

“Tackling hunger is not only a question of producing more food in rural areas, but requires looking at why poor urban populations struggle to eat enough — a problem aggravated by climate change, a report from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said on Thursday,” AlertNet reports. “Cecilia Tacoli, the…

IFRC Appeals For $1.3M For Namibian Drought Relief

“Desert-hardy Namibians, overwhelmed by the worst drought to hit their country in 30 years, are surviving off wild fruits with no harvest in sight until March 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said as it launched an appeal on Monday … for $1.3 million…