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World Bank Highlights Significant Food Price Rises

“Rising food prices pushed tens of millions of people into extreme poverty last year and are reaching ‘dangerous levels’ in some countries, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Tuesday as he released new data showing that the cost of grain and other staples is near a historic high,” the Washington Post reports (Schneider, 2/15). About 44 million people in developing countries have been pushed into poverty because of food prices that have risen since June, according to information from the bank, which was released ahead of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank heads, a World Bank press release states (2/15).

Also In Global Health News: Gates Foundation Global Health Head To Step Down; Drug, Medical Supply Shortages In Gaza; Food Security In N. Korea

Gates Global Health Program President To Step Down In June Tachi Yamada, president of the global health program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Monday announced he would step down in June after five years serving in the position, the Associated Press/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports (2/14). “During his tenure,…

Rising Number Of Livestock Diseases Threatens Public Health, Food Security In Developing Countries, Report Says

“A growing number of livestock, such as cows and pigs, are fuelling new animal epidemics worldwide and posing more severe problems in developing countries as it threatens their food security, according to a report [.pdf] released on Friday” during an international conference in New Delhi, India, on Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition & Health, Reuters reports (Lyn, 2/11).

Food Prices Increased Significantly In 2010, WFP Data Shows

Data from the World Food Program (WFP) – available ahead of the release of its annual report – shows the cost of feeding people around the world “increased markedly in 2010 as rising grain prices pushed up the cost of staple foods,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Also In Global Health News: Uganda’s Crop Production; Boosting Immune System To Fight HIV/AIDS; Polio In Angola; Maternal Health In India; HIV/AIDS In Kenya; Drought, Food Shortages In Kenya, Somalia; NGOs In Haiti

Uganda Launches Program To Attract Farmers To Produce Staple Food Crops Uganda recently launched a program aimed at attracting farmers in the country to produce staple food crops, the East African reports. The strategy, contained in the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) Implementation Guidelines, will offer “[e]ach farming household ……

FAO Food Price Index Reaches New High In January

World food prices reached a new record high in January, continuing a trend for the seventh consecutive month, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday, the Guardian reports (Kollewe, 2/3).