In light of the “first-ever summit of Mekong nations,” where participating countries hailed “China’s move to share data on reservoir levels,” Bloomberg/BusinessWeek examines the “severe drought” affecting more than 60 million people in countries along Asia’s Mekong river.
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U.S. Must Ensure Funding For Humanitarian Needs In Global Emergencies In a Politico opinion piece, Dan Glickman, who recently became the president of Refugees International, discusses the importance of U.S. funding for emergencies worldwide. “Recent events have shown how quickly people can be uprooted. The earthquake in Haiti left more…
News outlets report on the implications and follow up after Wednesday’s donor conference to aid Haiti’s rebuilding effort. Newsweek: “The next big challenge is figuring out how to apply the raised funds to fix not just Haiti’s earthquake damage, but also the years of poverty and corruption that have plagued…
European Commission Rolls Out New Food Security Policies; Agricultural Research Conference Concludes
The European Commission (EC) recently announced that it has adopted two new policy frameworks “to help developing countries address food security in emergency and long-term situations” and has called upon member nations to implement similar policies, IRIN reports.
Nature News examines potential funding reforms for the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR), which are under discussion at a the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) in Montpellier, France. The CGIAR “supports thousands of scientists working on agriculture and food security in developing countries,” according to Nature News.
Newsweek examines how the U.S. farm bill influences food aid by tracking the efforts of U.S. entrepreneur Navyn Salem as she worked to launch a nonprofit capable of providing ready-to-use therapeutic (RUTF) food aid known as Plumpy’nut â€“ “a squeezable package of fortified peanut-butter-based pasteâ€¦ used to feed severely malnourished children and pregnant or lactating women” to NGOs that contract with USAID.
Experts meeting in Montpellier, France for the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) are calling for restructuring agriculture “to focus as much on new seed varieties as on good governance, women’s empowerment and things like curbing commodities speculation,” Reuters/Independent Online reports. According to the news service, the conference aims to formulate “a road map to reform agricultural research to meet development goals” (Goering, 3/31). VOA News reports that the plan will be presented to G8 leaders (DeCapua, 3/29).
Brazil, Russia, India and China, collectively known as BRIC, have reached an agreement to promote global food security, the Moscow Times reports (Anishyuk, 3/29).
U.N. Official Calls Report On WFP In Somalia ‘Misleading’; WFP Discusses Plans To Ramp Up Food Aid To Niger, Uganda
The U.N. top aid chief “in Somalia has fired back at a report that suggests food aid is being skimmed off by contractors as ‘a cost of doing business’ in the war-torn nation, an allegation he calls ‘completely misleading,’” CNN reports. CNN continues: “A March 10 report by the world body’s Somalia Monitoring Group found that humanitarian aid was being diverted to military uses in the conflict, and that some Somali contractors hired by aid agencies were channeling profits into armed opposition groups. One part of the report suggested as much as 45 to 50 percent of World Food Programme [WFP] shipments may have been skimmed off by transport companies, local distributors and the armed groups that control the districts in which they operate” (McKenzie, 3/25).
IRIN examines a new global food security strategy based on a report to be presented on March 28 at the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) in France. The article includes details about food insecurity around the world, which has given rise to the need for new methods of providing more food.