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‘Ultra Rice’ Piloted As Way To Tackle Malnutrition

Ultra Rice, a rice-shaped pasta fortified with vitamins and minerals is “being produced and tested around the world as a potential solution to malnutrition,” according to the Seattle Times.

U.S. Taxpayers Spend Equal Amounts On Non-Emergency Food Aid And Shipping, Study Says

IRIN examines the findings of a study about the costs and effects of the U.S. Agricultural Cargo Preference (ACP) policy, noting that “U.S. taxpayers spend about $140 million every year on non-emergency food aid in Africa, and roughly the same amount to ship food aid to global destinations on U.S. vessels; money that could have been used to feed more people.”

Also In Global Health News: Drought In Thailand; $2M To Trinidad And Tobago For HIV; Cultural Debate In Uganda HIV Prevention; Infectious Disease And IQ

FAO Predicts Drought Will Greatly Reduce Thailand’s Rice Export “Rice production in Thailand, the largest exporter of the grain, may drop to the lowest in eight years as drought and the spread of plant hoppers damage crops, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization,” Bloomberg reports (Suwannakij, 6/29). “For Thailand,…

Haitian President Rejects U.S. Senate’s Recommendations For Upcoming Elections

A day after Haitian President Rene Preval signed a decree authorizing a date for November elections, he rebuffed other recommendations issued by the U.S. Senate, which include “holding an election for his successor, brushing off criticism that the current process will leave the shattered country without a credible leader,” the Associated Press reports.

FAO Calls For Special Meeting To Address Global Food Price Spikes

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “has called a special meeting on the recent spike in food prices, responding to fears of a repeat of the shortages that led to riots in parts of the world two years ago,” the Associated Press reports. The inter-governmental committee on grains will meet on Sept. 24, most likely in Rome, according to FAO spokesperson Christopher Matthews. “He said a large number of member countries had expressed concern about a possible repeat of the 2008 food crisis,” the AP reports (9/3).

Opinions: Bachelet Appointment; Sanitation MDG; Women’s Education; Smallholder Farms

Bachelet Appointment To U.N. Women Lends ‘Star Power’ To Gender Equality Agenda The appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to head U.N. Women is an “excellent choice” that “adds stature and star power to the agenda for gender equality,” according to a Los Angeles Times editorial. The editorial cites…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Several blogs, publications examine the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit: The MDGs serve a dual purpose “helping the poor countries to fight poverty and the rich countries to preserve a sense of social solidarity,” writes Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute in a post on the Guardian’s…

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