Experts meeting in Montpellier, France for the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) are calling for restructuring agriculture “to focus as much on new seed varieties as on good governance, women’s empowerment and things like curbing commodities speculation,” Reuters/Independent Online reports. According to the news service, the conference aims to formulate “a road map to reform agricultural research to meet development goals” (Goering, 3/31). VOA News reports that the plan will be presented to G8 leaders (DeCapua, 3/29).
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Brazil, Russia, India and China, collectively known as BRIC, have reached an agreement to promote global food security, the Moscow Times reports (Anishyuk, 3/29).
U.N. Official Calls Report On WFP In Somalia ‘Misleading'; WFP Discusses Plans To Ramp Up Food Aid To Niger, Uganda
The U.N. top aid chief “in Somalia has fired back at a report that suggests food aid is being skimmed off by contractors as ‘a cost of doing business’ in the war-torn nation, an allegation he calls ‘completely misleading,'” CNN reports. CNN continues: “A March 10 report by the world body’s Somalia Monitoring Group found that humanitarian aid was being diverted to military uses in the conflict, and that some Somali contractors hired by aid agencies were channeling profits into armed opposition groups. One part of the report suggested as much as 45 to 50 percent of World Food Programme [WFP] shipments may have been skimmed off by transport companies, local distributors and the armed groups that control the districts in which they operate” (McKenzie, 3/25).
IRIN examines a new global food security strategy based on a report to be presented on March 28 at the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) in France. The article includes details about food insecurity around the world, which has given rise to the need for new methods of providing more food.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Article Examines Relationship Between Malnutrition, HIV Progression In Sub-Saharan Africa “Sub-Saharan Africa is affected by a disproportionately high prevalence of both HIV infection and food scarcity,” write the authors of an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition articleÂ on the relationship between malnutrition and the progression of…
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A coalition of farmers from West Africa’s Sahel region, known as Billital Maroobe, wrote an open letter to regional leaders Monday, appealing for help with drought and famine conditions that are affecting people and livestock, Agence France-Presse/IC Publications reports.
Food security is central to President Barack Obama’s Africa policy, “the administration’s top official for Africa,” Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson, said in an interview with Reuters. “We want to see the food security initiative take on greater momentum as more African countries are drawn into this program,” Carson said.
Former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are visiting Haiti on Monday “to spotlight the dramatic need ahead of a critical March 31 U.N. donors conference in New York, where Haitian officials will ask for $11.5 billion in reconstruction help,” the Associated Press/New York Times reports. “It is the first joint visit to the impoverished Caribbean nation for the two former leaders, who were tasked by President Barack Obama with leading the U.S. fundraising effort” after the January 12 earthquake according to the news service.