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IRIN Examines Issues Surrounding Implementation Of National Drought Policies

“There is quite a leap to be made between a country’s declared intent to draw up a drought policy and actually making it happen on the ground,” according to “several participants at the recent High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy in Geneva,” IRIN reports. “Drought is the world’s costliest natural…

U.N. Food Agencies Welcome Pope Francis’s Commitment To Helping Poor, Hungry

“United Nations officials [on Tuesday] welcomed Pope Francis’ public commitment to support those who live in poverty and suffer from hunger, and expressed their readiness to work with the new leader of the Catholic Church on these issues,” the U.N. News Centre reports (3/19). “Striking a tone of radical humility that…

Report Says Much Work Remains On Hunger, Nutrition; FAO Head Calls For ‘Integrated Nutrition Strategies’

“The world’s food security remains ‘vulnerable,’ new data suggests, with some 870 million people experiencing sustained hunger and two billion suffering from micronutrient deficiencies,” Inter Press Service reports. On Thursday, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released its 2012 Global Food Policy Report, which “says such numbers are ‘unacceptably…

U.N. Official Says North Korea Needs External Assistance To Ensure Food, Health Security

“The well-being of millions of people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) still depends on external assistance, a United Nations humanitarian official said [Friday], warning that without aid, their health and food security would be seriously compromised,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Desiree Jongsma, the U.N. resident coordinator…

Global Efforts To Address Malnutrition Should Factor In Immunization

“On Red Nose Day, we are reminded of the famine in Ethiopia that triggered the first Comic Relief, over 25 years ago,” and “as we reflect, we now know that the link between malnutrition and infectious disease makes for a particularly vicious circle,” Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance,…

Climate Change Could Worsen Global Hunger; Upcoming Conference To Explore Links

“The links between climate, hunger and poor nutrition are becoming increasingly clear: a recent report for the Committee on World Food Security warned that climate change could significantly change the amount and quality of food consumed — with potentially devastating consequences for those most at risk of hunger,” Irish Deputy…

European Commission Holds High-Level Nutrition Meeting

The European Commission on Thursday began a two-day high-level meeting on nutrition in Brussels, aimed at “ensuring the cause remains atop the development agenda,” the Devex “Development Newswire” reports. “The Scaling-Up Nutrition event comes a day after the release of the commission’s new policy on nutrition,” the news service notes (Ravelo, 3/14).…

FAO To Test New Food Security Measurement Tool

“The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is about to start testing a new way of measuring food security, which it hopes will provide a more timely and precise picture of hunger around the world,” AlertNet reports. “In collaboration with the polling firm Gallup, the FAO plans to collect information on the extent and…

Global Food Prices Held Steady In February, FAO Food Index Shows

“Global food prices held steady in February as falling wheat prices offset higher oils and dairy prices, the United Nations’ food agency said on Thursday, forecasting increased wheat output in 2013,” Reuters reports, noting, “The FAO Food Price Index, which measures monthly price changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat…

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