Three billion of the $20 billion that G8 leaders promised to invest in agriculture in developing countries “appears to be new money, diplomats and sources close to the matter said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “Most of that new money, up to $2 billion, is coming from the United States, according to two sources, one on the donor side and one on the recipient side,” the news service writes.
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The Christian Science Monitor looks at one idea about why hunger is receiving a lot of attention in the international arena. Kanayo Nwanze, the Kenyan “who recently became president of the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says globalization has made the hunger and rural poverty that always pulled on the heartstrings an international security issue,” according to the publication.
JAIDS Supplement Focuses On Global Health Systems “Action always leads to reaction, a fundamental law of nature,” write the authors of an introduction appearing in a Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) supplemental issue that focuses on global health systems. “Central to the debate [over investments in HIV/AIDS spending]…
ABC News examines U.S. food aid policy, which “requires that food aid money be spent on food grown in the U.S., at least half of it must be packed in the U.S. and most of it must be transported in U.S. ships.” But “critics are complaining that” these policies are “exacerbating the cycle of starvation.”
“A drought in India and typhoons in the Philippines have damaged large tracts of rice paddies, threatening to upset the fragile food market amid fears of shortages and riots, experts said Wednesday,” the Associated Press/BusinessWeek reports.
Despite drops in commodity market prices due to the global economic downturn, “[m]ost of the developing world is paying more for food,” and the price of food staples in developing countries has risen, Josette Sheeran, executive director of the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), said Monday, the Associated Press reports.
Food Aid Won’t End African Problems While the drought and starvation in the Horn of Africa are “ghastly to be sure,” when “you see children on TV with distended bellies keening over their dying parents … do them a favour. Sit on your hands,” Sam Kiley, a former Africa bureau…
Donors Failing To Provide Somali IDPs With Aid, U.N. Official Says At the conclusion of a week-long visit to the region, Walter Kalin, a top U.N. human-rights official “says the international community is failing in its duty to internally displaced persons in Somalia. More than 1.5 million people in Somalia…
As U.S. plans to fight world hunger take shape, the USDA is gearing up for an “important but modest role,” in which the agency will follow directions from the State Department and developing countries, Rajiv Shah, undersecretary in charge of the USDA’s research arm, said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Shah said, “We’re really saying this starts with (developing) countries doing their own work about identifying plans and priorities,” adding that USDA will then work “under the leadership of the State Department to help fill those gaps.”
Ethiopian Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Mitiku Kassa on Thursday asked the international community for more than $121 million for emergency food aid for 6.2 million people, the Associated Press reports (10/22).