Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) released a statement in advance of Saturday’s World Food Day saying that the “world’s biggest donors of food aid … continued to supply and fund nutritionally ‘substandard’ food to developing countries, despite scientific evidence showing it was of little value in reducing child malnutrition,” Reuters AlertNet reports.
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U.S. Aid Doesn’t Need To Be Branded “Foreign aid is a much cheaper way of conducting a country’s foreign policy than the militaryÂ â€“ and in many cases it can be much more effective, too,” Reuters’ Felix Salmon writes on his blog. He notes a recent quote from Secretary of State…
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As Winter Approaches, UNICEF Estimates 250,000 Pakistani Children ‘Critically’ Lack Food “As winter approaches on Pakistan’s flooded southern plains, thousands of malnourished children are living in dirty, spartan tents without prospect of a home, officials and U.N. workers say,” Agence France-Presse reports. U.N. figures estimate “nearly three million children under…
IRIN looks at a planned U.N. initiative to combat early childhood malnutrition and the questions surrounding it.
The 2010 World Food Prize recipients “say it’s no time for the United States to back off a historic pledge to invest in boosting the production of the world’s poorest farmers,” the Des Moines Register reports (Brasher, 10/14).
Global Fund Replenishment: Noting that the recent Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment meeting fell short of reaching its funding target, a Lancet Editorial states: “The world is backsliding on its commitments, made recently at the Millennium Development Goal Summit in New York, to expand access for…
Global agriculture officials and as many as 60 farmers from around the world this week at the annual World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines, Iowa will focus on the challenges facing small farmers, the Associated Press reports.
“The Global Hunger Index released Monday finds that many developing countries primarily in South Asia and Latin America have made significant progress in reducing hunger. But continued improvement in the rates of hunger â€“ and in addressing the development problems that result from hunger â€“ depends on a universal focus on early childhood nutrition,” the Christian Science Monitor reports (LaFranchi, 10/11).
Canada, U.S., International Finance Corporation Agree To Contribute $100M For Private-Sector Agricultural Program
“An agreement to contribute $100 million for a private-sector program to increase agricultural output in poor countries was announced by Canada, the U.S. and the [World Bank's] International Finance Corp [IFC] on Friday,” Reuters reports (Somerville, 10/8).
A high-level meeting of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on World Food Security â€“ aimed at addressing food insecurity, price rises and the purchase of large amounts of agricultural land in developing countries â€“ started in Rome on Monday, Agence France-Presse/Capital FM reports (10/11).