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Also In Global Health News: Drought In East Africa; Improving Food Processing In Africa; Hajj Pilgrims Must Take Polio Vaccine; Fighting Insecticide-Resistant Mosquitoes

Oxfam Launches $15M Emergency Appeal For ‘Severe’ East African Drought “A severe and persistent five-year drought” is pushing “[m]ore than 23 million people … towards severe hunger and destitution across East Africa, international aid agency Oxfam has warned as it launches a £9.5 million [about $15 million] emergency appeal,” the U.K. Press…

Secretary of State Clinton Announces Food Security Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday “unveiled … a food security initiative launched by the Obama administration to combat hunger worldwide,” the Associated Press reports. “Clinton spoke about a new approach from the Obama administration in dealing with hunger issues — a food security initiative that attempts to help people around the world grow, buy and sell the food they need instead of focusing primarily on emergency food aid in times of crisis,” the news service writes.

Ban, Clinton Call For Increased Food Security Efforts

At a meeting on Saturday of “leaders, ministers, experts and non-governmental organizations from nearly 100 countries,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater urgency in the fight against hunger, Agence France-Presse reports.

G20 Addresses Food Aid, Advocates React To Commitments

The G20 said the World Bank trust fund for agricultural investment in poor countries that they called for on Friday “should be designed so that money will be disbursed quickly and countries can decide for themselves where they want it spent,” Reuters reports.

Agriculture Summit Addresses Doubling Global Food Output By 2050

On Tuesday in Washington, D.C., U.S. agriculture companies Deere & Co., Archer Daniels Midland Co., DuPont Co. and Monsanto Co. met with lawmakers, hunger experts and other officials at a Global Harvest Initiative symposium to address “sustainable” food production, Reuters reports. The Global Harvest Inititiative was founded to achieve “the goal of doubling agricultural output by 2050 to meet rising world demand,” according to the news service.