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Burma’s Rohingya Minority Continue To Face Hunger, Disease In Refugee Camps

Washington Post: Malnutrition, disease rising in camps of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims “…The United Nations says that 135,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims are still stuck in refugee camps on the western coast of Burma, two years after the government rounded them up in the wake of religious violence that left villages scorched,…

Canada Pledges $20M For Nutrition Projects In Africa

CTV Winnipeg: Canada puts up $20 million for nutrition programs in Africa “Canada is working to end hunger in developing countries and it’s looking to team up with charities that have similar goals. The minister of international development took that quest to a rural Manitoba farm Tuesday afternoon. He met…

U.N. Calls For Renewed Emergency Funds To Address Food Shortages In Sahel

The Guardian: Refugees and patchy rains trigger new Sahel hunger crisis “About $100 million of funding is needed from international donors to pay for food security programs in the Sahel, the U.N. has warned, as more than 20 million people continue to face shortages…” (Anderson, 7/31).

Food Insecurity Continues To Worsen In South Sudan As Funds Decline

News outlets report on the worsening food security situation in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: Tutu plea to world leaders: Don’t forget South Sudan “South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu on Thursday urged world leaders focused on conflict in the Middle East and Ukraine not to forget the ‘ghastly suffering’…

India Needs ‘Investment In Waste-Treatment Infrastructure’

Huffington Post: Poor Sanitation: The Startling Link to Childhood Malnutrition Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin chair in water research at Michigan State University “…To help ensure a brighter future for India’s youth, the nation requires an investment in waste-treatment infrastructure, including toilets and waste-water treatment. Disinfection must play a role to…

U.N. Scales Up Humanitarian Aid Drops By Air Amid Multiple Refugee Crises

News outlets report on the refugee crises in South Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, and Central African Republic, noting the U.N. is stepping up air delivery of humanitarian assistance. Christian Science Monitor: U.N. refugees in S. Sudan face perfect storm of woe as war drags on (+video) “When war broke out in…

Malnutrition Affects Countries’ Economies, Agricultural Expert Says

Devex: Roger Thurow: Global malnutrition is a challenge to the worldwide economy “…[S]ome countries with 30-50 percent stunting rates due to childhood malnutrition have seen their gross domestic product knocked down between five and 15 percent, according to Roger Thurow, a senior fellow on global agriculture and food policy at…

Devex Publishes Opinion Pieces On Food Security Issues

As part of its #FeedingDev and #MDGMomentum series, Devex has published several opinion pieces discussing food security. Devex: Food security and nutrition in Africa’s cities Ambassador William Garvelink, senior adviser for global strategy at the International Medical Corps “…The renewed emphasis on agriculture, especially since the G8 L’Aquila Summit pledges…

Gates Speaks About Public Health In Africa, Polio In Nigeria

News outlets report on recent comments from Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, about public health in Africa and polio in Nigeria. Mail & Guardian: Africa’s growth path: Reduce diseases, Bill Gates cautions “Unless Africa dramatically decreases its rates of malnutrition and premature mortality, it will…

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