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UNDP Releases 8-Pronged Strategy To Help Developing Countries Meet MDGs

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).

U.S. Officials Announce New Agriculture Research Initiative To Aid Farmers In Developing Countries

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).

Also In Global Health News: Kyrgyzstan Aid; Malaria Progress In Angola; Zambia Downplays Freeze; Bolivia Objects To USAID; Testing HIV Earlier

U.S. Commits $6.5 Million To Kyrgyzstan The U.S. has pledged $6.5 million in humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan, Agence France-Presse 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…

Washington Post Q&A With Rajiv Shah; AP Examines ‘Surging’ Global Food Prices

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…

EU Sends $29M In Food, Medical Aid To Combat Increasing Food Insecurity In Africa’s Sahel Region

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).