“Reduced worker productivity, poor health and lost education caused by malnourishment” is costing poor nations $450 billion a year, according to a report by the aid agency ActionAid, Agence France-Presse reports (9/13).
Food Security and Nutrition
The Guardian on Tuesday launched a new website that will cover global development issues, such as hunger and infant mortality, according to an introductory note on the site (Bunting, 9/14).
Participants at the first meeting of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) â€“ which wrapped up recently in Accra, Ghana â€“ drew up a “Green Revolution” action plan aimed at ensuring food security in Africa, SciDev.Net reports.
Aid groups in West Africa are trying out new strategies and products for treating moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) as part of a U.N.-led effort to change 30 year old policies, IRIN reports.
Lancet Comment: Make Pain Treatment, Palliative Care Available To End ‘Suffering Of Millions’ “The undertreatment of pain caused by cancer and other conditions is a global health tragedy,” write the authors of a Lancet Comment. Noting a resolution adopted by the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs, which called on states…
A global food crisis does not appear to be on the horizon despite recent food price rises, but steps must be taken to regulate volatile food commodities markets, Hafez Ghanem, a top official at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
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HIV-Positive Children On HAART May Need Revaccination HIV-positive children on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) “may need to be revaccinated to maintain their immunity against preventable childhood diseases,” according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, HealthDay/BusinessWeek reports. After reviewing 38 studies, researchers found that children…
“Global efforts to improve access to drinking water have been hampered by rapid urbanisation, with the proportion of people in urban areas with access actually declining, according to U.N. figures presented” at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Agence France-Presse reports.
World Bank Report Highlights Concerns, Potential Benefits Of Large-Scale Farm Deals In Developing Countries
Foreign purchases of agricultural land in developing countries “pose ‘significant risks’ to the livelihoods of farmers in countries with ‘weak land governance,’ the World Bank said in a report” (.pdf) on Tuesday, which also noted the potential benefits of these investments, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has named 15 experts to a committee “to help formulate policies to ensure food security and avoid a repeat of the food crisis of a few years ago,” VOA News reports (DeCapua, 9/6).