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Nations Meet To Negotiate International Food Aid Terms

A group of nations are meeting in London this week to negotiate the Food Aid Convention (FAC), an “international agreement that governs food-aid commitments to hungry countries,” the Globe and Mail reports. Argentina, Australia, Canada, the European Union and its member states, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the U.S. currently are included in the convention, which was last updated in 1999. Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa also would like FAC membership, according to the Globe and Mail.

U.K.’s DFID Might Reduce Funding For FAO In Light Of ‘Patchy’ Performance

The U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) on Saturday said it might reduce its contribution to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) if the agency does not improve its performance, Reuters reports. According to a DFID review, “FAO’s performance is patchy, particularly at country level, and that reforms need to be prioritised.”

U.S. Food Prices Could Rise Up To 4%, USDA Says

U.S. food prices will “rise as much as 4% this year, more than the 2% to 3% estimated last month, after a surge in prices for farm goods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture” forecast Thursday during the agency’s outlook conference in Washington, Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times reports (2/24).

Recent Releases In Global Health

New Resources On Federal Global Health, HIV/AIDS Budgets: The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a collection of new resources examining global health and HIV/AIDS funding in the Obama administration’s FY12 budget proposal. A new fact sheet breaks down the $9.8 billion budget request for the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a six-year,…

Also In Global Health News: Integrating HIV, Maternal/Child Health; Food Shortages In N. Korea; Climate ‘Vulnerability Index'; Premature Infants In Bangladesh; Sanitation In Niger; Cholera In Ghana

IRIN/PlusNews Examines Efforts To Integrate HIV/AIDS Treatment And Maternal, Child Health Care IRIN/PlusNews examines Kenya’s efforts to integrate maternal and child health care and HIV/AIDS services as a way to ensure more pregnant women and mothers living with HIV/AIDS receive the treatment they need. The article describes the success of…

Media Examine Effects, Outlook Of Food Price Increases Worldwide

“A rush by farmers to expand plantings in many parts of the world is raising expectations that food prices may retreat as early as the second half of this year if weather conditions remain favorable,” the Wall Street Journal reports in a story examining how recent global developments could affect food price spikes.

Former U.N. Secretary-General Annan Discusses Africa’s Agriculture Potential At IFAD Conference

Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary-general who now heads the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), discussed the possibilities for agriculture in Africa and called for reforms to improve farming on the continent in a speech given Saturday during the opening day of the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) annual meeting in Rome, Italy, the Jakarta Post reports (Asrianti, 2/21).

As G20 Financial Leaders Discuss Food Prices, Some Push For Fulfillment Of G8 Pledges

As G20 financial leaders met in Paris over the weekend, the Washington Post reports on the “debate over how to respond” to the recent increase in food prices. France, the G20 chair, spurred discussion about “whether new regulations on commodity trading might prevent speculators from pushing up prices by investing heavily in grains or other goods on the expectation that they will increase even further in value. Yet it is unclear how much of a role speculation plays in the movement of prices,” the Washington Post writes.