“World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Thursday warned of rising food inflation and high oil prices resulting from political turmoil in the Middle East as risks to world growth, as they threaten to push more people into poverty,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Dispatch” blog reports.
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The World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday warned that the humanitarian situation in Libya could worsen as a result of the heavy fighting and low stocks of food supplies, Reuters reports.
Also In Global Health News: Israel Signs WHO, UNAIDS Agreements; Burden Of Healthcare On Developed Countries; Human Rights, HIV/AIDS; Climate Change, Food Security In Southern Africa
Israel Signs Agreements With UNAIDS, WHO On Wednesday, Israel signed agreements with UNAIDS and the WHO to bolster the country’s response to global health issues, UNAIDS reports (4/13). “Within the framework of the [WHO] agreement, several joint teams from Israel’s health authorities, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) and…
Opinions: Empowering Women, Reducing Global Hunger; Wars Justified By Humanitarianism; Climate Change, Human Health; Budget Cuts To Foreign Aid
To Reduce Hunger Worldwide, Empower Women In a perspective piece in The Globalist, Contributing Editor Cesar Chelala calls for more attention to be paid to the role of women in reducing hunger worldwide. “Giving women the same tools and resources as men, such as financial support, education and access to…
Also In Global Health News: India To Examine NDM-1 Study; Aid For Libya; Food Shortages In North Korea; Global Virus Network
Indian Government Forms Committee To Explore NDM-1 Study Findings The Indian government “has formed a scientific committee” to examine the findings of a recent Lancet Infectious Diseases study, which found bacteria containing the NDM-1 gene were found in water supplies in New Dehli, CNN/IBN-Live reports. “The Health Ministry isn’t pleased…
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday that world food prices dropped last month for the first time in eight months, “but it warned that prices may resume rising as higher output may not be enough to replenish low stock levels,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Henshaw, 4/7).
“Aid organizations are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis for tens of thousands of refugees who have arrived in Liberia after fleeing violence” in Cote d’Ivoire, CNN reports.
Africa Must Transform Continent’s Agricultural Sector “There is no doubt that Africa is on the move â€¦ But if African countries are to achieve the new future within their grasp, then there needs to be a new focus on the daunting obstacles still to be overcome. â€¦ High among these…
Scientists will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, beginning Monday for a workshop that aims to address climate and health issues, VOA News reports (Phillips, 3/31).
“Slow-onset” climate changes could have a bigger impact in developing countries in the future, including “potentially catastrophic” effects on food production, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday in a report (.pdf) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, The Hindu reports (Parsai, 4/1).