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.
Food Security and Nutrition
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.
U.S. Citizens DeserveÂ Improved Foreign Assistance Program “Bureaucratic sprawl has sapped the strength of many ofÂ [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…
Lancet Comment Examines Efforts To Subsidize ACTs A Lancet comment examines an Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm) program to help countries procure subsidized artemisinin-based combination treatments (ACTs). The authors write though it is worth celebrating the recent advances in malaria prevention, “these successes cannot hide the fact that close…
Agriculture Investment In Developing Countries Must Increase By 50% To Feed 9.1B People By 2050, FAO Report Says
Developing countries need agriculture investments of $83 billion per year to meet the food needs of a projected 9.1 billion people by 2050, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reports (10/8).
McClatchy/Chicago Tribune examines the “worst drought in 30 years” in Guatemala, which “has destroyed 80 percent of the region’s crops and claimed the lives of more than a dozen children so far this year.” Malnutrition among children in the country “has long been a major problem, and rates are especially high in rural areas,” according to the news service. “Almost half of Guatemala’s children younger than 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, among the highest rates in the world, according to UNICEF.”
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Carter Visits Haiti, Dominican Republic To Promote Efforts To Eradicate Malaria Former President Jimmy Carter is traveling to Haiti and the Dominican Republic in hopes of encouraging the country “leaders to forge a pact to rid the island of Hispaniola of malaria,” the Associated Press/Los Angeles Times reports. “An estimated…
Reuters examines how floods, droughts and rising temperatures, thought to be caused by climate change, are compromising African farm lands and leading to health problems for already vulnerable populations â€“ a topic discussed at the “first pan-African climate hearings.”
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World Bank To Face ‘Serious Constraints’ By Next Year Before the start of the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund World Bank on Friday, World Bank President Robert Zoellick warned that the international lender expects to “face serious constraints” by the middle of next year unlessÂ developed…
Two million infants die within 24 hours of birth each year and almost nine million children died before the age of 5 in 2008, according to a report by Save the Children, which says it would take $40 billion annually to “dramatically” cut these numbers, Agence France-Presse reports.