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FAO Monthly Food Price Index Expected To Remain High

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) monthly food price index for January is expected to be at a similar level to the record highs measured in December’s index, Abdolreza Abbassian, an economist with the agency, said on Monday, Reuters reports. “FAO’s expectation is that the January index would be very close or slightly below December,” Abbassian said ahead of the release of FAO’s monthly food index, which is due to be published on February 3.

British Government Report Calls For Global Food System Overhaul To Prevent Hunger

A British government report, released on Monday, says the current system aimed at ensuring global food security needs to be “radically redesigned,” the BBC reports. “The report is the culmination of a two-year study, involving 400 experts from 35 countries,” the news service writes (Ghosh, 1/24).

Also In Global Health News: Cholera Death In DR; TB Vaccine Study; Rising Food Prices

Dominican Republic Reports Country’s First Cholera Death Following Outbreak In Haiti “Dominican Republic on Sunday confirmed that a 53-year-old Haitian man has become the country’s first death from cholera and announced the immediate start of a broad disease control and monitoring operation” around the eastern town of Higuey where he…

Global Poverty Summit Addresses MDGs, Global Trade Policy

At the Global Poverty Summit January 16-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa, “academics, policy-makers, civil society activists and development workers … agreed that the [U.N. Millennium Development Goals] MDGs have made a difference, but have fallen far short of the ambitious targets on poverty, education, health, gender equality and global partnership that 189 countries committed to achieving by 2015,” IRIN reports.