“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).
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What To Do About Antibiotic Resistance: AÂ Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial describes the growing public concerns over a global rise in antimicrobial resistance. “Bearing in mind that our objective is to contain antibiotic resistance rather than eradicate it, several policies could be adopted to help guarantee a future for antibiotics,” the…
The Obama administration’s Feed the Future program and “the bureau that runs it will be reorganized,” according to an internal USAID memo from March 15, Agweek reports.
World Food Program (WFP) delegates “on Wednesday stressed the need for major food aid for North Korea, while a cautious South Korea called for transparent distribution of any assistance,” Agence France-Presse reports.
Almost one-third of Yemen’s 23 million people do not have enough food, and social unrest in the country is making it difficult for aid groups to reach those in need, Valerie Amos, U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, said on Monday, Reuters reports.
Also In Global Health News: Aid Group In Darfur; Future Of Aid In Afghanistan; USAID Donation In Ghana; Earthquake In Myanmar; HIV/AIDS In Mauritania
After Concerns Of ForcedÂ Shutdown,Â AidÂ Group In Darfur Allowed To Resume Food Distribution The aid agency Catholic Relief Services “has been allowed to resume distribution of food in West Darfur, narrowly averting a shutdown of the programme” that would have potentially cut off 400,000 people from food rations, Reuters reports (Babington, 3/29).…
Opinions: Media Coverage Of Japan’s Natural Disasters; Water Shortages; U.S. Support Of PMTCT; U.S. Influence On Global Food Prices; Fasting For Food Aid
When Media Loses Perspective, Costs Run High In a Boston Globe op-ed, former Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) argues the “volume and tone of the news coverage” following the events at the Fukushima nuclear facility triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami “were out of proportion to the significance of…
Anti-Hunger Leaders Fast To Protest Proposed Spending Cuts As FY11 Budget Debate Resolution Appears Elusive
Leaders from “five anti-hunger organizations on Monday will lead open-ended fasts to protest proposed cuts to domestic and international food programs contained in the House-passed six-month spending bill,” The Hill’s “On The Money” blog reports.
In an article examining the relationship between health and agriculture, the Economist writes that while agricultural growth is “no magic solution” to helping people gain access to nutritious foods, “[f]arming ought to be especially good for nutrition.” The magazine notes, “In theory a rise in farm output should boost nutrition by more than a comparable rise in general economic well-being, measured by GDP. In practice it is another story,” as various countries’ records show. “Malawi, Bangladesh and Vietnam all increased agricultural value-added by roughly $100 a head from 1990 to 2007, and cut malnutrition by 15-20 percentage points. Egypt, Guatemala and India pushed up agricultural value-added more â€“ yet their malnutrition rates rose.”
Also In Global Health News: Food Shortages In N. Korea; Polio In Sierra Leone, Pakistan; Global Wheat Supply
U.N. Food Agencies Issue Warning About Food Shortages In N. Korea “North Korea’s government food distribution system will run dry in May and put one-quarter of the country’s 24 million residents at risk of starvation,” the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) said in a report “sent to diplomats in donor…