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Middle East Meeting Addresses Global Food Security

At a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council to address global food security, ministers “pledged to a set of recommendations meant to improve co-operation and develop policies that could cope with a sudden interruption of food supplies” and vowed to “improve co-operation with international bodies such as the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on food security matters,” The National reports (Detrie, 11/24).

USAID’s Shah Announces Bureau For Food Security; Bread For The World Releases 2011 Hunger Report

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced on Monday the creation of a Bureau for Food Security within the agency “to manage the Obama administration’s Feed the Future initiative, which Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to turn over to USAID,” National Journal Daily reports. According to the article, Shah said, “This bureau will lead a whole-of-government effort to implement President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative, a multibillion-dollar international effort led by USAID to develop the agricultural sectors of a number of countries throughout the developing world.”

Also In Global Health News: Nigerian Drug Institute Funding; Food Security, Climate Change; Heat-Stable, Nasal Vaccine Works In Mice; Task-Shifting In Swaziland; Bird Flu In Hong Kong

Nigerian Drug Research Institute Halts Research Because Of Funding Shortfall Nigeria’s National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), which focuses on developing traditional herbal remedies into drug candidates, has had to discontinue research after the Nigerian health ministry did not provide the full amount of expected funding and a “key grant…

Health Officials Gather In Uruguay To Discuss WHO Anti-Smoking Treaty

“As sales to developing nations become ever more important to giant tobacco companies, they are stepping up efforts around the world to fight tough restrictions on the marketing of cigarettes,” the New York Times reports in an article ahead of a conference in Punta del Este, Uruguay, that started on Monday. There, health officials are debating guidelines to enforce a global anti-smoking treaty known as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) (Wilson, 11/13).

Also In Global Health News: Rice Research Initiative; Kala Azar In Sudan; R&D In Developing Countries; Indian Measles Vaccination Campaign

Global Rice Research Initiative Launched At International Rice Congress “The world’s leading rice research institutions are joining forces to improve rice yields and breed improved varieties … to help to secure future affordable food supplies for the world’s poorest people,” Nature News writes in an article that examines the “$600…

Pres. Obama Emphasizes U.S.-Indian Partnerships To Track, Fight Diseases

On his final day in India as part of his 10-day Asia-Pacific tour, President Barack Obama on Monday addressed the joint session of the Indian Parliament in New Dehli, where he emphasized the importance of U.S.-Indian partnerships to tackle disease and improve education, Indo-Asian News Service/Hindustan Times reports (11/8). “Because the wealth of a nation also depends on the health of its people, we’ll continue to support India’s effort against diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and as global partners, we’ll work to improve global health by preventing the spread of pandemic flu,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript from his address (11/8).