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.
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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).
USA Today Column Examines U.S. Efforts Against World Hunger In a USA Today column, writer DeWayne Wickham examines the connection between hunger and global security. “Helping poor countries feed their hungry masses is not just a grand humanitarian gesture; it is good diplomacy â€” a refreshing change from the jingoism…
The Guardian examines how “famine and acute food shortages” in Uganda could affect people living with HIV/AIDS. “The situation is beginning to undermine efforts to fight the virus in the north and east of Uganda, the areas most affected by the drought,” according to the Guardian.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on World Food Security (CFS) agreed Tuesday to “wide-ranging” reforms in an effort to make the committee the most “comprehensive international and intergovernmental platform dealing with food security and nutrition,” Xinhua reports (10/20). “The CFS reforms are designed to focus the Committee’s vision and role on the global coordination of efforts to eliminate hunger and ensure food security for all,” according to an FAO press release.
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More Than 100 Infected, 5 Dead From Cholera In Zimbabwe A cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has infected more than 100, resulting in five deaths, state media said Tuesday, Reuters reports, “raising fears of a repeat of last year’s epidemic that claimed more than 4,000 lives. The southern African country suffered…
“The Obama administration wants more flexibility in how it allocates food aid dollars to complement its new strategy to help small farmers in poor countries boost their food production,” according to a conference call Friday with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Reuters reports.