BMJ reports on the health affects of civil unrest in South Sudan, which will become the world’s newest country on July 9.
Food Security and Nutrition
Feed the Future programs “will indeed address hunger at its core, offering farmers the tools and opportunity they need to feed their families. … But on the other side of town we’ve deepened our investments in policies that increase food insecurity. A string of policy disasters … have driven food price spikes and punished the billions of people who live on less than two dollars a day,” Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, writes in a piece on The Hill’s “Congress Blog.”
In this report from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, part of its Global Forecast 2011, Johanna Nesseth Tuttle writes, “As food prices have risen â€“ to a new, all-time high in 2011 â€“ it is clear that, although we are not inevitably destined for instability as a result…
“TheÂ inefficiencies in food production, transport and wastage are not only hazardous from a financial and environmental perspective; they are equally tragic on a moral level,” independent consultant and writer Cynthia Schweer writes in a post on Foreign Policy Blogs’ “Global Health” blog, noting that nearly 1 billion people worldwide are…
“French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged G20 agriculture ministers to agree at talks in Paris next week on a farm database that would gather and store market-sensitive information such as food stocks,” Reuters reports. Sarkozy’s call came during a speech Thursday “to farm unions gathered at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development headquarters,” the news service writes (6/16).
In a Guardian opinion piece, Lael Brainard, under-secretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury, writes about the importance of funding the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and investing in small farmers in the developing world.
Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, outlines five priorities for G20 leaders to endorse at the upcoming summit in a Guardian “Poverty Matters Blog” post.
Food prices are likely to continue to rise over the next decade, “putting the poor at an increasing risk of malnutrition and hunger,” according to a joint report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Associated Press/Washington Post reports (6/17).
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, president of Brazil from 2002 to 2010, outlines priorities in the battle to end global hunger in a Guardian opinion piece.
Valerie Amos, head of the U.N. Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, on Friday “plead[ed] with international donors to overlook political difficulties in the face of a humanitarian crisis” in North Korea, where she said it is estimated six million people are in danger of not getting enough to eat, Agence France-Presse reports.