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Drought, Food Shortages Lead Guatemala To Declare ‘State of Public Calamity’

“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.

Also In Global Health News: India Drug Patent Rejection; Iranian Female Health Minister; Hunger In North Korea; Rape In The Congo; Female Condom Deal; MDGs In Uganda; GSK Patent Pool

Indian Health Officials Welcome Patent Rejections Of HIV/AIDS Drugs Reuters examines Indian health officials’ positive reaction to the recent decision by the country’s patent office to reject patent applications on two “life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs.” The decision, they say, will help to ensure patients living with HIV/AIDS have access to generic…

Newspapers Examine Drought, Famine In East Africa

According to Canada’s National Post, a humanitarian coalition “warns East Africa faces ‘a perfect storm of crop failures, a multi-year lack of rain, conflicts and political turmoil,’ which now threatens 20 million people with severe hunger.”

Water Shortages Have Impact In Iraq, Yemen

News coverage examines water shortages in Iraq and Yemen: “A water shortage described as the most critical since the earliest days of Iraq’s civilisation is threatening to leave up to 2 million people in the south of the country without electricity and almost as many without drinking water,” the Guardian…

The Economist Examines Africa’s Demographic Transition

The Economist examines how Africa’s economic growth is resulting in a demographic transition “that others have already traced: as people get richer, they have fewer children” and poses the question: “Can Africa capitalise on the demographic dividend?”

WFP Asks For $230M In Emergency Food Aid For Kenyans

“The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) appealed on Tuesday for more than $230 million to provide emergency food aid over the next six months for 3.8 million Kenyans affected by deepening drought and high food prices,” Reuters reports.

Vertical Farms Could Solve Food Production Problems, Opinion Piece Says

“If climate change and population growth progress at their current pace, in roughly 50 years farming as we know it will no longer exist,” which means that the “majority of people could soon be without enough food or water,” Dickson Despommier, a professor of public health at Columbia University, warns in a New York Times opinion piece.