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Opinions: Africa’s Agricultural Sector; Foreign Aid Funding

Africa Must Transform Continent’s Agricultural Sector “There is no doubt that Africa is on the move … But if African countries are to achieve the new future within their grasp, then there needs to be a new focus on the daunting obstacles still to be overcome. … High among these…

FAO Report Highlights Concern Over ‘Slow-Onset’ Climate Change Effects On Food Security

“Slow-onset” climate changes could have a bigger impact in developing countries in the future, including “potentially catastrophic” effects on food production, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday in a report (.pdf) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, The Hindu reports (Parsai, 4/1).

Recent Releases In Global Health

What To Do About Antibiotic Resistance: A Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial describes the growing public concerns over a global rise in antimicrobial resistance. “Bearing in mind that our objective is to contain antibiotic resistance rather than eradicate it, several policies could be adopted to help guarantee a future for antibiotics,” the…

U.N., Aid Groups Highlight Food Aid Need In North Korea

World Food Program (WFP) delegates “on Wednesday stressed the need for major food aid for North Korea, while a cautious South Korea called for transparent distribution of any assistance,” Agence France-Presse reports.

Social Unrest In Yemen Impeding Humanitarian Aid Delivery, U.N. Official Says

Almost one-third of Yemen’s 23 million people do not have enough food, and social unrest in the country is making it difficult for aid groups to reach those in need, Valerie Amos, U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, said on Monday, Reuters reports.

Also In Global Health News: Aid Group In Darfur; Future Of Aid In Afghanistan; USAID Donation In Ghana; Earthquake In Myanmar; HIV/AIDS In Mauritania

After Concerns Of Forced Shutdown, Aid Group In Darfur Allowed To Resume Food Distribution The aid agency Catholic Relief Services “has been allowed to resume distribution of food in West Darfur, narrowly averting a shutdown of the programme” that would have potentially cut off 400,000 people from food rations, Reuters reports (Babington, 3/29).…