Three billion of the $20 billion that G8 leaders promised to invest in agriculture in developing countries “appears to be new money, diplomats and sources close to the matter said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “Most of that new money, up to $2 billion, is coming from the United States, according to two sources, one on the donor side and one on the recipient side,” the news service writes.
Food Security and Nutrition
The Christian Science Monitor looks at one idea about why hunger is receiving a lot of attention in the international arena. Kanayo Nwanze, the Kenyan “who recently became president of the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says globalization has made the hunger and rural poverty that always pulled on the heartstrings an international security issue,” according to the publication.
Lancet World Report Examines Undernutrition in Afghanistan A Lancet World Report examines the deadly toll undernutrition is having on the people of Afghanistan, where theÂ “issues of poverty and undernutrition have received curiously little attention: about a third of the population, more than 7 million people, are food insecure, according the…
JAIDS Supplement Focuses On Global Health Systems “Action always leads to reaction, a fundamental law of nature,” write the authors of an introduction appearing in a Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) supplemental issue that focuses on global health systems. “Central to the debate [over investments in HIV/AIDS spending]…
ABC News examines U.S. food aid policy, which “requires that food aid money be spent on food grown in the U.S., at least half of it must be packed in the U.S. and most of it must be transported in U.S. ships.” But “critics are complaining that” these policies are “exacerbating the cycle of starvation.”
Missing Grain Deliveries in South Sudan Suggest Corruption Or Mismanagement, Finance Minister Says David Deng Athorbei, South Sudan’s finance minister, “said he was trying to track down hundreds of millions of dollars worth of missing grain deliveries, at the heart of what could be a massive case of mismanagement or…
“A drought in India and typhoons in the Philippines have damaged large tracts of rice paddies, threatening to upset the fragile food market amid fears of shortages and riots, experts said Wednesday,” the Associated Press/BusinessWeek reports.
Targeting the five major causes of premature death could increase global life expectancy by almost five years, the WHO said Tuesday, Reuters reports. According to a WHO’s Global Health Risks report, which looked at 24 major health risks, “[p]oor childhood nutrition, unsafe sex, alcohol, bad sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure are to blame for around a quarter of the 60 million premature deaths around the world each year,” the news service writes.
The World Food Programme (WFP) Tuesday announced that it is launching a pilot program to send food vouchers via mobile phone text messages to Iraqi refugees in Syria, Agence France-Presse reports (10/27). This program is “the first of its kind in the world to use mobile phone technology,” according to a WPF press release (10/27).
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U.S. Grants Uganda $246M In Aid To Improve Agricultural, Health Systems The U.S. Embassy in Uganda announced a grant of $246 million in new aid for improving the Uganda’s agricultural and health systems, Reuters reports. “More than $170 million will be spent on health and education to combat the HIV/AIDS…