PBS’ Online NewsHour explores the recent nomination of Rajiv Shah as USAID administrator and the outlook for the agency. “While Shah still needs to be confirmed by the Senate, there has been high anticipation for a successor to be named. There is broad consensus in the government and aid community that the agency â€¦ is in need of realignment,” the NewsHour writes.
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Bloomberg Examines Aid Shortfall In Philippines; Clinton Commits Additional $5.2M During Visit Bloomberg examines the U.N.’s continued appeal for aid for the people of the Philippines “after three tropical cyclones left almost 1,000 people dead” and an estimated 1.7 million people displaced or living in flooded areas. “The UNâ€™s humanitarian…
“Poverty, famine and disease overseas lead to lawlessness, instability, revolution and terrorism that threaten American interests … That’s why our second most important means of self-defense after the military is foreign aid,” according to a Los Angeles Times editorial.
George W. Bush Institute To Include Global Health Focus; University Of California System Launches Global Health Institute
Former President George W. Bush will deliver a speech on Thursday, marking the launch of the “George W. Bush Institute as a forum for study and advocacy in four main areas: education, global health, human freedom and economic growth,” the New York Times writes.
“A declaration to be made at next week’s world food summit in Rome will not mention a target to eradicate hunger by 2025 nor a commitment to spend $44 billion a year in agricultural aid, according to a final draft,” Reuters reports (Aloisi, 11/12).
In developing countries, almost 200 million children under the age of 5 “suffer from stunted growth and health problems due to poor nutrition in their early years,” according to a UNICEF report released on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
IRIN Examines Plumpy’Nut’s Role In RUTF Market IRIN examines how a new ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) from Tabatchnick Fine Foods could challenge the “12-year dominance” of Plumpy’nut. “The patents for Plumpy’nut â€¦ are owned by Nutriset, a French family-run business, and the Institute of Research for Development, a French public…
Food prices in developing nations continue to be “stubbornly high … despite a strong cereal harvest this year, and 31 countries need emergency aid,” the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its “Crop Prospects and Food Situation” report released Tuesday ahead of next week’s Rome World Summit on Food Security, Agence France-Presse reports.
President Barack Obama Tuesday announced the nomination of Rajiv Shah â€“ a medical doctor who is currently a senior official at the Department of Agriculture focusing on food security â€“ to lead USAID, the Boston Globe reports (Smith, 11/11).
Six universities have agreed to an effort to “encourage companies to give poor countries better access to drugs and medical products stemming from discoveries made on their campuses,” Bloomberg reports (Lauerman, 11/9).