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FAO Plans Broad Reforms For World Food Security Committee

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on World Food Security (CFS) agreed Tuesday to “wide-ranging” reforms in an effort to make the committee the most “comprehensive international and intergovernmental platform dealing with food security and nutrition,” Xinhua reports (10/20). “The CFS reforms are designed to focus the Committee’s vision and role on the global coordination of efforts to eliminate hunger and ensure food security for all,” according to an FAO press release.

U.S. Food Aid Policy To Be More Flexible, Clinton, Vilsack Say

“The Obama administration wants more flexibility in how it allocates food aid dollars to complement its new strategy to help small farmers in poor countries boost their food production,” according to a conference call Friday with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Reuters reports.

Opinions: HIV Vaccine; HIV Resources Help Promote Global Disease Control; U.S. Fight Against World Hunger

New York Times Opinion Examines HIV Vaccine Research Seth Berkley, president and chief executive of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, in a New York Times opinion piece examines how the “pessimism” over the recent controversy surrounding the results of an experimental HIV vaccine tested in Thailand “may ultimately thwart other efforts to…

Campaign Seeks To Hold Governments Accountable To Meeting MDG Targets

Inter Press Service examines the Stand Up Take Action campaign, which took place October 16-18 to highlight the Millennium Development Goals’ [MDG] 2015 deadline. “With just six years left until the deadline by which heads of state have pledged to reduce extreme poverty by half, Salil Shetty, director of the U.N. Millennium Campaign, says that Stand Up is a stark reminder that citizens ‘do not accept excuses for governments breaking promises to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens,'” IPS writes.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Blog, Editorial Address Unsafe Abortion In Developing Countries In light of a recent Guttmacher Institute report that indicated 70,000 women in developing countries die each year from unsafe abortion, a Lancet editorial outlines ways to reduce deaths, and says, “The current political climate is favourable, because the global-gag rule (the…

World Food Day Marked, ActionAid International Releases Hunger Report

Today marks World Food Day, with the aim of bringing “awareness to the issue of hunger,” as the world faces “more mouths to feed but fewer farmers to grow the needed crops,” Deutsche Welle reports. The news outlet calls hunger an “income problem,” adding that “farmers will continue fleeing their fields for more lucrative opportunities in the urban areas unless incomes improve.”

Opinions: Fighting Hunger; Property Ownership, Trade Key To Africa’s Development

Secretary of State Clinton Identifies Hunger As “Key Priority” For Obama Administration “For one billion people around the world, the daily effort to grow, buy or sell food is the defining struggle of their lives. This matters to them, and to all of us,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton…

Gates Foundation To Announce Grants To Promote Agriculture At World Food Prize Symposium

During a “keynote speech” Thursday at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Gates, cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is expected to announce $120 million in grants “to promote dynamic, home-grown, sustainable agriculture in Africa and India,” Agence France-Presse reports. In a statement, Gates said that “helping the poorest smallholder farmers grow more and get it to market is the world’s single most powerful lever for reducing hunger and poverty” (Zeitvogel, 10/15).