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Hedging Tool For Farmers Needs Safeguards

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s “Views From The Center” blog about the creation of a hedging tool by the World Bank and J.P. Morgan to help protect farmers from volatile food prices in developing countries,  CGD Vice President for Corporate Affairs Todd Moss says that having safeguards in…

Food Price Increases Create Discontent Among The Poor

A new report published on Tuesday by Oxfam and the Institute of Development Studies on the impact of rising food prices “shows that the overall impact of the 2011 food price spike seems to be a ratcheting up of inequality, producing a pattern of ‘weak losers and strong winners,'” Duncan Green, Oxfam GB’s head of research, and Naomi Hossain, a research fellow in the Participation, Power and Social Change team at IDS, write in a post on the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog.”

U.N. Official Calls For Additional Food Aid For North Korea

Valerie Amos, head of the U.N. Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, on Friday “plead[ed] with international donors to overlook political difficulties in the face of a humanitarian crisis” in North Korea, where she said it is estimated six million people are in danger of not getting enough to eat, Agence France-Presse reports.

Instability And Global Food Prices

In this report from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, part of its Global Forecast 2011, Johanna Nesseth Tuttle writes, “As food prices have risen – to a new, all-time high in 2011 – it is clear that, although we are not inevitably destined for instability as a result…

U.S. To Provide Up To $30M Per Year For African Trade Expansion

Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Development Julie Howard writes on State’s “DipNote” blog about attending the 10th annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum in Zambia and an announcement from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk that the U.S. will provide “up to $30 million per year for four…

Cooperation Is Key To Finding Global Food Security

“We need a global approach to achieving food security,” Tom Daschle, former Senate majority leader and chair of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century, writes in a Politico opinion piece.

Oxfam Report Warns About Steep Increases In Food Costs, Demand

With food costs rising for the second time in three years, Oxfam released a report on Tuesday predicting “the price of some staples such as corn will double in the next 20 years amid a permanent crisis caused by rising demand, flat crop yields and climate change,” Forbes reports (Max, 5/31).

Severe Drought In China Putting Pressure On Drinking Water, Agriculture

“Chinese authorities will step up the release of water from the Three Gorges Dam in a bid to tackle a drought in southern China which has put pressure on drinking water, crops, shipping lanes and electricity production in what is traditionally China’s most water-abundant region,” the Financial Times reports (Hook/Chen, 5/24).

Also In Global Health News: WHO Highlights Health Care-Associated Infections; Niger Food Shortages, Health Care Workers; Latin American Food Security

WHO Highlights Health Care-Associated Infection Prevention The WHO on Thursday highlighted the importance of hand washing and other efforts to prevent health care-associated infections (HAIs), which affect millions of people annually, with developing countries carrying the greatest burden of such infections, CIDRAP News reports (Roos, 5/5). As part of its…