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.
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At a meeting on Saturday of “leaders, ministers, experts and non-governmental organizations from nearly 100 countries,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater urgency in the fight against hunger, Agence France-Presse reports.
The G20 said the World Bank trust fund for agricultural investment in poor countries that they called for on Friday “should be designed so that money will be disbursed quickly and countries can decide for themselves where they want it spent,” Reuters reports.
Urban Malnutrition Increases In CAR “The global financial crisis has led to an alarming rate of urban malnutrition in the south of the Central African Republic, where diamond mines have closed as demand for the gems falls, the medical relief group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says,” Reuters AlertNet reports (Fominyen,…
On Tuesday in Washington, D.C., U.S. agriculture companies Deere & Co., Archer Daniels Midland Co., DuPont Co. and Monsanto Co. met with lawmakers, hunger experts and other officials at a Global Harvest Initiative symposium to address “sustainable” food production, Reuters reports. The Global Harvest Inititiative was founded to achieve “the goal of doubling agricultural output by 2050 to meet rising world demand,” according to the news service.
Millions of additional people in the Horn of Africa could face food shortages this year because of poor harvests from a lack of rain, worsening conflicts and the El Nino climatic effect, the U.N. Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) said on Monday, Reuters reports.
Global food aid is at a 20-year low even though the number of “critically hungry people” is expected to reach the highest level ever, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday, Reuters reports (9/16).
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“Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared ‘a state of public calamity’ late Tuesday to help mobilize funds and resources to confront a food shortage that will affect thousands of families,” the Associated Press reports (9/9). During a nationally televised address, Colom said the declaration “will help us access resources from the international community” and will expedite the mobilization of national resources, making it easier to get food to the families who are in dire need, according to CNN.