Floods in west and central Africa have killed 377 people and affected almost 1.5 million people since the start of the rainy season in June, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports.
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Ethiopian Government Restricting Opponents’ Access To Development Aid, Report Says Ethiopia’s government has beenÂ restricting access toÂ food and other types of foreign aid among opposition supporters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Tuesday, Reuters reports (Malone, 10/19). The report is based on more than 200 interviews, conducted over…
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on Friday in Iowa “described the Obama administration’s international agricultural development effort, Feed the Future, as a flagship effort for” his agency and “a key plank in the administration’s global development strategy, but said it can’t succeed without more support,” CongressDaily reports (Hagstrom, 10/18).
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Shift In Agriculture Techniques Required To Ensure Future Food Security, U.N. Special Rapporteur On Right To Food Says On World Food Day
Farming techniques must adapt to mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure global food security, Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, said in a statement to mark Saturday’s World Food Day, Agence France-Presse reports.
Former U.N. Secretary-General, Gates Foundation CEO, Ethiopian Official Address World Food Prize Conference
In a speech at the World Food Prize conference on Thursday, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed several topics related to food security and said that discrimination against women is limiting agricultural development in Africa, the Des Moines Register reports.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) released a statement in advance of Saturday’s World Food Day saying that the “world’s biggest donors of food aid … continued to supply and fund nutritionally ‘substandard’ food to developing countries, despite scientific evidence showing it was of little value in reducing child malnutrition,” Reuters AlertNet reports.
U.S. Aid Doesn’t Need To Be Branded “Foreign aid is a much cheaper way of conducting a country’s foreign policy than the militaryÂ â€“ and in many cases it can be much more effective, too,” Reuters’ Felix Salmon writes on his blog. He notes a recent quote from Secretary of State…
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As Winter Approaches, UNICEF Estimates 250,000 Pakistani Children ‘Critically’ Lack Food “As winter approaches on Pakistan’s flooded southern plains, thousands of malnourished children are living in dirty, spartan tents without prospect of a home, officials and U.N. workers say,” Agence France-Presse reports. U.N. figures estimate “nearly three million children under…
IRIN looks at a planned U.N. initiative to combat early childhood malnutrition and the questions surrounding it.