John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, a former president of Ghana, has been named a global ambassador against hunger for the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP), Xinhua reports.
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The U.S. will work to address the health challenges facing India among other countries and will aim to improve maternal and child health care services through comprehensive dialogue, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday after visiting a Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) trade outlet in Mumbai, India, PTI/Yahoo! News reports.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) issued an alert on Thursday “seeking donor help” to address the health situation in southern and central Somalia, “which has continued to deteriorate due to latest fighting in [the capital of] Mogadishu,” Xinhua reports.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday said food prices remain high in many developing countries because of reduced harvests, civil conflict and other factors, AP/Google.com reports.
Daily Trust/allAfrica.com, GlobalPost Examine Agricultural Production, Food Insecurity In Nigeria, Iraq
The Daily Trust/allAfrica.com examines food security in Nigeria. Despite its agricultural potential, the “food crisis” in Nigeria “poses a big question as to what is responsible for the insecurity in food production, preservation and storage,” according to the newspaper. A government committee recently toured the country in an effort to…
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British Members Of Parliament Want HIV Drug Patent Changes A group of members of the parliament on Tuesday will recommend pharmaceutical companies “grant rival manufacturers the right to produce their HIV medicines,” the Financial Times reports. “New efforts by companies as well as government donors will be needed to provide…
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MMWR Examines Polio Eradication In India The latest edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report includes an article about polio eradication in India, which is the “most populous of the four remaining countries (including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan) where transmission of wild poliovirus (WPV) has never been interrupted.” According to…
The Washington Post reports: “Leaders of the world’s major economies pledged Friday to raise $20 billion over the next three years for food and agricultural aid to the world’s most impoverished countries.”
The World Food Programme (WFP) issued an urgent appeal on Tuesday for $23 million in “financial support from international donors for food aid to Yemen specifically targeted at women and children,” AFP/Google.com reports.
Climate Change, Hunger, Economy G8 Summit Top Priorities; France’s First Lady Calls On G8 To Expand On Global Health ‘Achievements’
President Barack Obama joined world leaders in Italy on Wednesday for “three days of intense talks on threats to global security and stability” at a G8 summit “where climate change, the continuing global economy crisis and world hunger got top billing,” AP/Google.com reports.