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.
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A new report (.pdf) highlights concerns about donors, especially from Europe, following through on funding pledges for the G8’s $22 billion global food security fund, Business Daily reports (Odhiambo, 10/27).
“Rising food prices and shortages could cause instability in many countries as the cost of staple foods and vegetables reached their highest levels in two years, with scientists predicting further widespread droughts and floods,” the Guardian reports in a story examining the significance of rising food prices worldwide. The article points to several recent developments that have created cause for concern and includes quotes from global experts.
Panel Examines Global Food Security Ahead Of La Francophonie Summit; Global Fund, UNAIDS Call For Greater Cooperation Among French-Speaking Countries
World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy highlighted concerns about the global food situation on Friday during a roundtable discussion on the sidelines of the International Organisation of La Francophonie summit, Agence France-Presse reports.
To Reach MDGs, Citizens Must Demand More From Political Leaders, Former U.N. Secretary-General Tells U.N. Foundation Board Meeting
At a U.N. Foundation board meeting in Ghana to discuss Millennium Development Goal progress, which concluded on Saturday, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan “called on the citizenry to demand the attainment of these set goals from their political leaders,” the Accra Mail reports. “It is only through this that we can put pressure on the politician to work towards achieving these goals,” he said, according to the newpaper.
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Competition For Agricultural Land Contributes To Hunger Of 500M Small-Scale Farmers, U.N. Official Says
Approximately 500 million small-scale farmers worldwide are going hungry because of “an explosive cocktail” of farmland speculation, environmental damages and urbanization, Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, said on Thursday, the Associated Press/Winnipeg Free Press reports (Lederer, 10/21).
Progress, Challenges In Curbing Neglected Tropical Diseases: “The effect of 30 years of neglect for these diseases in research and development of new diagnostics and drugs, and, crucially, in investing in training and education in vector-borne diseases, is evident. Most current drugs for neglected tropical diseases are old, and the…
“The World Bank on Monday cited growing instability in food prices” before announcing that it would extends its Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP) through June 2011, Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M&C reports (10/18).
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Ethiopia ‘Rejected’ HRW Report Alleging Politicization Of Donor Aid The Ethiopian government “rejected charges by Human Rights Watch that it was using donor aid to suppress political dissent,” according to a statement from the foreign ministry, Agence France-Presse reports. The statement “said that a probe by a group of donors…