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G20 Must Uphold Previous Agriculture Pledges, Invest More

“In the last few years, funding of agriculture has slowly been increasing after a generation of decline in investment in the sector, but not fast enough. In the L’Aquila pledge, the G8 made commitments to food security in 2009 of $20 billion. The G8 accountability report 2011 states that the group has already disbursed 22% of the money it pledged, and a further 26% is on the way,” Lucy Muchoki, CEO of the Pan-African Agribusiness Consortium and a spokesperson for Farming First, writes in a Guardian “Poverty Matters Blog” post.

‘Steadfast Focus’ Needed In Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Recapping the 30-year history of HIV/AIDS from an USAID perspective, Administrator Rajiv Shah writes in this “Impact blog” post, “Our work is far from done. We have a shared responsibility as a global partner to save lives by focusing on smart investments. The generosity of the American people has made…

Food Security And Development Lessons From Vietnam

In a post on the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize, discusses the impact of witnessing how road development influenced the introduction of “miracle rice” in Vietnam.

Time To Expand Sanitation For All

“That 2.6 billion people live each day without a proper toilet is shocking,” Willem-Alexander, the Prince of Orange who is also chair of the U.N. Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, writes in an opinion piece in the Hurriyet Daily News, which marks the launch of a U.N. effort to build political will for sanitation.

Focus On Men In Family Planning Programs

Scott Radloff, director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes about involving men in family planning on USAID’s “Impact Blog.” He writes: “Involving men in international family planning programs is an uphill battle.”

Strengthen Monitoring And Surveillance Of Malaria In Pregnancy Interventions

“The time of neglecting malaria in pregnancy (MIP) should be over,” Bill Brieger, senior malaria specialist at JHPIEGO, writes in a Malaria Matters blog post summarizing a session on malaria and maternal health at the recently concluded Global Health Council annual conference. He adds that “moving forward, strengthened monitoring and surveillance is needed to fine tune, revise and better target MIP interventions to make a bigger impact on reducing maternal mortality in endemic countries” (6/18).

Public-Private Partnerships Leading To Successes In HIV Treatment And Prevention

The recent achievements in studies looking at treatment as prevention “were only made possible by the partnership between publicly funded scientists and private drug companies,” Ward Cates, president of research at FHI; Salim Abdool Karim, director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa; and Myron Cohen, director of the UNC Division of Infectious Disease and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease, write in an opinion piece in the Huffington Post.

Do Not Overlook People With Disabilities In HIV Prevention Efforts

Winstone Zulu, an adviser for AIDS-Free World and the coordinator of Health Triangle Zambia who walks with crutches because of a polio infection as a child, writes in a New York Times opinion piece that “people with disabilities are rarely exposed to sex education and are almost never considered in…

Government And Private Sector Must Work Together On HIV Vaccine

The success of antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS “has fooled us into believing HIV is under control. It is not. … The fact remains that no sexually acquired infection has ever been controlled in democratic societies except by vaccines,” Lawrence Corey, president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and principal investigator of the international HIV Vaccine Trials Network, writes in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece.