Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika “said he planned to work with other African leaders to devise a programme on food security that was sustainable ‘regardless of who is looking at it,’ and set up what he called an African compact on food security to act as an independent advisory body to the African Union (AU) on agriculture and food issues,” the Guardian’s “Katine” blog reports.
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“Almost two years after Cyclone Nargis killed nearly 140,000 people in Myanmar, the repression of rights in areas hit by the cyclone continues and the humanitarian space in the country is shrinking instead of growing as originally hoped, a [Human Rights Watch] report released on Thursday said,” Reuters AlertNet reports.
Foreign Policy magazine has published two opposing pieces on global food security and farming.
Opinions: Sanitation And Women, Child Health; GM In Global Food Security Bill; U.S. Malaria Strategy; GHI On NTDs; Haiti Recovery
Chronicle Herald Opinion Examines Connection Between Water, Sanitation And Women, Child Health “If Stephen Harper is serious about maternal health and child health [as suggested by his plans for the upcoming G8 and G20 summits], he needs to recognize that healthy mothers come from healthy communities,” Maude Barlow and Meera…
Also In Global Health News: HIV Prevention In Iran; Water Pricing; Malaria Control Challenges; Drought In Niger; MBAs
AP Examines Iran’s Efforts To CurbÂ Spread Of HIV/AIDS Among Drug Users The Associated Press reports that health experts participating at this week’s International Harm Reduction Association conference in Liverpool are looking to Iran’s methadone clinics and needle exchange programs as a possible model for other countries looking to stop HIV/AIDS…
Also In Global Health News: IDUs; Global Food Security; WHO Immunization Campaign; Clues For HIV Vaccine
Reuters Examines HIV/AIDSÂ Prevention Strategies Targeting IDUs”Countries in eastern Europe and central Asia face spiralling AIDS epidemics if they fail to help people who inject drugs and stop the spread of infection, [Michel Sidibe,] the head of the United Nations agency for HIV/AIDS said on Friday,” Reuters reports in a piece…
Though the global economic crisis has slowed the pace of efforts to reduce poverty in developing countries, the countries remain “on track” to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve extreme poverty by 2015, a World Bank Group and IMF report says.
To Improve Maternal, Child Health, Focus On Improving Nutrition As G8 development leaders gather in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this week to discuss priorities for the upcoming summit, Josette Sheeran, executive director of the WFP, calls for world leaders to focus on the nutritional needs of mothers and children in developing…
The U.S. Treasury Thursday announced $880 million in contributions from the U.S., Canada, Spain, South Korea and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the new World Bank-hosted Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, Reuters reports (Lawder, 4/22).
Agence France-Presse reports that the U.N. has launched “a new website to track the estimated 9.9 billion dollars in aid pledged to Haiti by the international community in the wake of a devastating January 12 earthquake.” The website is a joint project of the Haitian government and the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP). The new portal aims to ensure “transparency and accountability,” according to a UNDP press release. “The system tracks the money from pledge to impact,” the release said.