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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).

Drought Warnings In West Africa Raise Regional Food Security Concerns

A warning from Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency about drought in northern parts of the country has raised “concern about food security not only in Africa’s most populous nation but also in other parts of West Africa,” Reuters AlertNet reports.

New Food Reports Highlight Growing Global Hunger

Reforms are required to curb global hunger, which was already “growing” before the worldwide financial downturn, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a report, released in Rome, ahead of World Food Day on Friday, the BBC reports.

News Outlets Examine East African Drought

Sky News examines the drought in East Africa, focusing on its impact in Kenya. In “[o]ne of the worst-affected areas,” 70 percent of the “herds of cattle and goats have died in the past year, threatening the survival of entire communities who depend on them for their food and income,” according to Sky News.

Global Food Price Increases Are ‘Realistic Possibility,’ FAO Says At High-Level Forum

There is a “realistic possibility” that the world could see a repeat of the 2007-2008 upsurge in food prices that “caused a sharp rise in the number of hungry people around the world,” the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday at a forum of experts who are meeting in Rome through Tuesday, Reuters reports. “Food commodities prices are likely to stay high and volatile in the medium term,” according to the FAO.

Opinion: Improving U.S. Foreign Assistance; Revisiting U.S. Food Aid

U.S. Citizens Deserve Improved Foreign Assistance Program “Bureaucratic sprawl has sapped the strength of many of [U.S.] aid programs. Our government’s global development policies and programs are scattered across 12 departments, 25 different agencies and nearly 60 government offices. The organization chart looks like a haystack, and it needs new, clear lines…