ASTMH Meeting Blog: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s (ASTMH) “Annual Meeting Blog” has a number of posts from this week’s gathering, including: “The ethics of overseas clinical research”; an interview with John Cook, former ASTMH president; American attention to dengue fever; a profile of Michele Barry, senior…
Food Security and Nutrition
Global Food Prices Continue Upward Trend, But Relatively Stable Cereal Prices Could Prevent Riots, FAO Economist Says
“Global food prices rose in October” and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index increased “for the fifth month in a row,” the FAO said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. The index is at its highest level since July 2008.
Also In Global Health News: WFP In North Korea; Maternal Health In Indonesia; Possible Vaccine Contamination; GM Mosquitoes In Malaysia; Mobile Micro-Insurance In Kenya
World Food Programme Director Visits North Korea, Tours Food Factory U.N. World Food Programme (WFP)Â Executive Director Josette Sheeran and former U.S. Special Envoy Jack Pritchard arrived in North Korea Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports (11/2). The visit is WFP’s “first top-level visit to the communist country in nearly 10 years,” the…
IRIN examines the recently launched 1,000 Days campaign and concerns expressed by Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (MSF) Emi MacLean that most of the $2 billion the U.S. spends on food aid is for corn soya blend, which lacks animal-source food and is not ideal for children under age 2 or children who are moderately malnourished.
Clinton Highlights U.S. Commitment To Strengthening Health Systems, Food Security In Cambodia During Asia-Pacific Tour
The U.S. is committed to working “closely together to help meet the challenges facing Cambodia and all of Southeast Asia,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged Monday during a stop in Cambodia as part of her Asia-Pacific tour, that United Press International reports (11/1).
Also In Global Health News: Flooding, Cholera In Benin; China’s National Census; Leprosy In Afghanistan; Economic Growth, Hunger In Uganda
Floods Worsen In Benin Prompting New Cholera Risk “Worsening floods in the West African nation of Benin have destroyed 55,000 homes, killed tens of thousands of livestock and created a new cholera risk, the United Nations said Monday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Food is one of the most important needs,” said…
WHO will continue to support efforts to boost polio eradication efforts in Pakistan, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said recently during talks with Pakistani health officials, the Associated Press of Pakistan reports. Chan was in the country to review health relief operations in Pakistan’s flood-affected areas.
Global Agriculture Production Must Increase 70% By 2050 And Adapt To Climate Change, FAO Report Says
Agriculture production worlwide need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet global food demands, yet “billions of dollars in additional annual investment” are required to meet this goal and reduce the negative effects on the environment, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report (.pdf) on Thursday, Reuters reports.
Secretary Clinton, USAID Administrator Shah Address Importance Of Development Assistance Partnerships Between India, U.S.
In a key note address to the ‘U.S.-India People-to- People’ Conference, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah spoke of the growing contributions both countries are making toward development assistance around the world, Press Trust of India/Business Standard reports (10/29).
Agweek examines USAID’s approach to purchasing food aid. The piece notes USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s comments from his October 15 remarks at the World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, when he explained that USAID has used $250 million to purchase foodstuffs in developing countries this year.