‘Microland’ Can Help Fight Poverty, Especially Among Women In a Forbes column, Elisabeth Eaves, deputy editor at Forbes, examines the concept of “‘microland:’ securing rights to small plots of land for the world’s poorest.” The plots not only “provid[e] shelter and a place to work, land confers the ability to…
Food Security and Nutrition
Africa’s Agricultural Sector Grew In ’08, ‘Concerted’ Policy Action Needed For Growth To Continue, FAO Paper Says
The growth of sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural sector in 2008 is a “a break with the past,” but “concerted and purposeful policy action” is required for developments to continue, according to a new U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) paper, VOA News reports (De Capua, 9/28).
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday “unveiled â€¦ a food security initiative launched by the Obama administration to combat hunger worldwide,” the Associated Press reports. “Clinton spoke about a new approach from the Obama administration in dealing with hunger issues â€” a food security initiative that attempts to help people around the world grow, buy and sell the food they need instead of focusing primarily on emergency food aid in times of crisis,” the news service writes.
At a meeting on Saturday of “leaders, ministers, experts and non-governmental organizations from nearly 100 countries,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater urgency in the fight against hunger, Agence France-Presse reports.
The G20 said the World Bank trust fund for agricultural investment in poor countries that they called for on Friday “should be designed so that money will be disbursed quickly and countries can decide for themselves where they want it spent,” Reuters reports.
G20 Draft Communique Addresses Agricultural Investment In Developing Countries, ‘Influential Women’ Raise Awareness For Maternal Mortality
A draft G20 communique revealed Friday that the group of countries “has called on the World Bank to work with donor agencies to create a multilateral trust fund to increase agricultural investment in poor countries,” Reuters reports. In July, the G8 launched a $20 billion agriculture initiative to help developing countries.
Urban Malnutrition Increases In CAR “The global financial crisis has led to an alarming rate of urban malnutrition in the south of the Central African Republic, where diamond mines have closed as demand for the gems falls, the medical relief group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says,” Reuters AlertNet reports (Fominyen,…
On Tuesday in Washington, D.C., U.S. agriculture companies Deere & Co., Archer Daniels Midland Co., DuPont Co. and Monsanto Co. met with lawmakers, hunger experts and other officials at a Global Harvest Initiative symposium to address “sustainable” food production, Reuters reports. The Global Harvest Inititiative was founded to achieve “the goal of doubling agricultural output by 2050 to meet rising world demand,” according to the news service.
Also In Global Health News: Combating Sleeping Sickness In Eastern Africa; China Commits To Developing Countries; Latin America Development
African Development Bank Gives $70M To Help Fight Sleeping Sickness In Eastern Africa The African Development Bank on Tuesday announced it will award eastern African countries $70 million to help fight the neglected tropical disease, trypanasomiasis, commonly known as sleeping sickness, over six years, the Monitor/allAfrica.com reports (Pacutho, 9/22). China…
Millions of additional people in the Horn of Africa could face food shortages this year because of poor harvests from a lack of rain, worsening conflicts and the El Nino climatic effect, the U.N. Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) said on Monday, Reuters reports.