During a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, President Barack Obama announced a new partnership between U.S. and Indian agriculture sectors to help improve food security globally, Press Trust International/Livemint.com reports (11/8). India is the first country on Obama’s 10-day Asia-Pacific tour that began Saturday, IST/Reuters/Economic Times reports (11/7).
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Zambian Health CoalitionÂ Calls ForÂ Audit After Global Fund OIG Finds Irregularities Zambia’s Civil Society Health Forum (CSHF), a coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations, “has demanded for forensic audits in the four principal recipient (PR) organisations of the Global Fund and prosecution of officers responsible for misapplying donor funds,” the Post Online reports.…
ASTMH Meeting Blog: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s (ASTMH) “Annual Meeting Blog” has a number of posts from this week’s gathering, including: “The ethics of overseas clinical research”; an interview with John Cook, former ASTMH president; American attention to dengue fever; a profile of Michele Barry, senior…
Global Food Prices Continue Upward Trend, But Relatively Stable Cereal Prices Could Prevent Riots, FAO Economist Says
“Global food prices rose in October” and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index increased “for the fifth month in a row,” the FAO said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. The index is at its highest level since July 2008.
A new report (.pdf) highlights concerns about donors, especially from Europe, following through on funding pledges for the G8’s $22 billion global food security fund, Business Daily reports (Odhiambo, 10/27).
“Rising food prices and shortages could cause instability in many countries as the cost of staple foods and vegetables reached their highest levels in two years, with scientists predicting further widespread droughts and floods,” the Guardian reports in a story examining the significance of rising food prices worldwide. The article points to several recent developments that have created cause for concern and includes quotes from global experts.
Former U.N. Secretary-General, Gates Foundation CEO, Ethiopian Official Address World Food Prize Conference
In a speech at the World Food Prize conference on Thursday, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed several topics related to food security and said that discrimination against women is limiting agricultural development in Africa, the Des Moines Register reports.
Canada, U.S., International Finance Corporation Agree To Contribute $100M For Private-Sector Agricultural Program
“An agreement to contribute $100 million for a private-sector program to increase agricultural output in poor countries was announced by Canada, the U.S. and the [World Bank’s] International Finance Corp [IFC] on Friday,” Reuters reports (Somerville, 10/8).
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Matrix Laboratories Recieves Tentative FDA Approval To Provide Generic ARV Under PEPFAR Pharmaceutical company Mylan announced on Tuesday that its “subsidiary Matrix Laboratories Ltd. has received tentative government approval for atazanavir sulfate capsules, an AIDS treatment that will be available in some developing countries,” Pittsburgh Business Times reports.Â “Atazanavir sulfate capsules…
Lancet Infectious Diseases Examines Funding In Relation To Disease Burden: In response to two recent papersÂ on neglected tropical diseases, Nicola Dmitri of the University of Siena in a Lancet Infectious Diseases ReflectionÂ addresses “how research funds could be guided by [the global burden of disease] GBD.” The results show, for example,…