Global food insecurity that has left almost one billion people hungry could become a “permanent disaster” and endanger millions of lives, former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan said, Bloomberg reports (Javier, 6/27).
Food Security and Nutrition
“Brazil’s one-time food security minister, Jose Graziano da Silva, was elected Sunday director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.N. agency tasked with reducing world hunger at a time of near-record high food prices,” the Associated Press reports (Winfield, 6/26).
UNAIDS’ Programme Coordinating Board, the agency’s governing body, this week unanimously endorsed the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework 2012-2015, which “will ensure accountability in both programmatic results and in delivering value for money,” according to a UNAIDS press release. “The Board requested the UNAIDS Secretariat to produce annual reports on the implementation of the framework” and discussed how food and nutrition security can be integrated into HIV programming, the press release notes (6/23).
The Financial Times examines the race to lead the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), saying that “since the 2007-08 food crisis and the price shock of 2010-11, the formerly low-profile FAO has been catapulted to the centre of global policymaking,” with six countries putting forth candidates for director-general.
Writing in the Center for Global Development’s “Views From The Center” blog about the creation of a hedging tool by the World Bank and J.P. Morgan to help protect farmers from volatile food prices in developing countries,Â CGD Vice President for Corporate Affairs Todd Moss says that having safeguards in…
In his latest New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof discusses the health benefits of breast milk for preventing childhood malnutrition.
The Knowledge-Driven International Development (KDID) Portal’s “Agrilinks” blog features a summary of several of the speakers who presented at the Feed the Future Forum, including Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities; USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah; Gayle Smith, special assistant to the President and senior…
The New York Times examines the E. coli strain responsible for the recent outbreak in Germany, saying the bacteria “have a highly unusual combination of two traits and that may be what made the outbreak among the deadliest in recent history, scientists there are reporting.”
“G20 farm ministers settled a deal on Thursday to tackle high food prices, agreeing to a watered-down declaration that fell short of France’s ambitious proposals to tighten regulation of commodity markets,” Reuters reports.
A new report published on Tuesday by Oxfam and the Institute of Development Studies on the impact of rising food prices “shows that the overall impact of the 2011 food price spike seems to be a ratcheting up of inequality, producing a pattern of ‘weak losers and strong winners,'” Duncan Green, Oxfam GB’s head of research, and Naomi Hossain, a research fellow in the Participation, Power and Social Change team at IDS, write in a post on the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog.”