The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) on Thursday released a report (.pdf) outlining “an eight-pronged strategy it hopes can help poor nations advance sustainable development, considerably reduce poverty and essentially drive the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the next five years,” BusinessDay reports (Nwachukwu, 6/18).
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A report from the anti-poverty group ActionAid finds that less than one-third of the $22 billion that was pledged to improve food security during a 2009 G8 meeting in L’Aquila, Italy, is from new funding sources, the U.K. Press Association reports (6/18).
Citing USAID’s Feed the Future initiative as “central” to U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday announced plans to “leverage the work” of U.S. researchers to “benefit farmers in developing countries worldwide,” PTI/The Hindu reports. During the 2010 World Food Prize ceremony Clinton said, “In a few decades, the world’s population will grow to 9 billion people. If we are to feed the future without leveling the forests, draining the aquifers and depleting the soil of all its nutrients, we need science” (6/17).
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U.S. Commits $6.5 Million To Kyrgyzstan The U.S. has pledged $6.5 million in humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan, Agence France-PresseÂ reports. “[W]e continue to monitor both Kyrgyzstan’s aid requirements, the status of its refugees, and will provide additional assistance as necessary,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said (6/16). VOA News reports that…
Global Agriculture Output To Meet World Food Demand As Food Prices Escalate Over Decade, Report Says
Food prices are projected to rise over the next decade, with the cost of some grains increasing between 15 and 40 percent, according to an annual report, released Tuesday, from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), VOA News reports (6/15).
Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, Spanish Government Announce $150M For Health Projects In Central America, Mexico
Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Carlos Slim, the “Mexican telecom magnate” and founder of the Carlos Slim Institute, announced Monday that they would work with Spain on a $150 million health initiative for people in Central America and Mexico, Agence France-Presse reports.
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Food Aid Arrives Kyrgyzstan; 80,000 Flee Clashes The New York Times reports that food aid arrived in Kyrgyzstan as four days of ethic rioting started to abate. “At the border, where thousands of refugees have been stranded without clean water or medical care, medical supplies, aid blankets and tarpaulins were…
IRIN reports on the Global Food Security Act, a bill aimed at expanding the U.S. government’s role in combatting hunger around the world. The legislation is co-sponsored by Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.).
In light of the recent launch of USAID’s “Feed the Future” initiative, the Washington Post features a Q&A with Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the agency. The interview addresses what the program will look like on the ground, the focus on female farmers and related topics (Sheridan, 6/7). Meanwhile, the…
The European Union on Wednesday sent $29 million worth of food and medical aid to help “millions facing hunger” across the drought-stricken Sahel region of West Africa, Reuters reports. “Failed rains have left over 10 million people at risk in Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and other countries in the semi-arid belt stretching across the southern edge of the Sahara,” the news service writes. “Niger last month forecast that 3.3 million people, or 22 percent of its population, would face severe food shortages, with a further 3.8 million vulnerable to a lesser degree” (John, 6/2).