McClatchy/Chicago Tribune examines the “worst drought in 30 years” in Guatemala, which “has destroyed 80 percent of the region’s crops and claimed the lives of more than a dozen children so far this year.” Malnutrition among children in the country “has long been a major problem, and rates are especially high in rural areas,” according to the news service. “Almost half of Guatemala’s children younger than 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, among the highest rates in the world, according to UNICEF.”
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Reuters examines how floods, droughts and rising temperatures, thought to be caused by climate change, are compromising African farm lands and leading to health problems for already vulnerable populations â€“ a topic discussed at the “first pan-African climate hearings.”
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Africa’s Agricultural Sector Grew In ’08, ‘Concerted’ Policy Action Needed For Growth To Continue, FAO Paper Says
The growth of sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural sector in 2008 is a “a break with the past,” but “concerted and purposeful policy action” is required for developments to continue, according to a new U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) paper, VOA News reports (De Capua, 9/28).
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday “unveiled â€¦ a food security initiative launched by the Obama administration to combat hunger worldwide,” the Associated Press reports. “Clinton spoke about a new approach from the Obama administration in dealing with hunger issues â€” a food security initiative that attempts to help people around the world grow, buy and sell the food they need instead of focusing primarily on emergency food aid in times of crisis,” the news service writes.