Data from the World Food Program (WFP) â€“ available ahead of the release of its annual report â€“ shows the cost of feeding people around the world “increased markedly in 2010 as rising grain prices pushed up the cost of staple foods,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Programs, Funding & Financing
A two-day summit of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, concluded on Wednesday with African leaders calling for stronger “efforts in building capacity that goes beyond achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of 2015,” the New Times reports.
House Republicans on Wednesday released a list of 70 proposed budget cuts to be debated next week as Congress must vote to “fund the government past March, when the current temporary budget expires,” USA Today’s “On Politics” blog reports (Camia, 2/9).
Also In Global Health News: Humanitarian, Development Aid; North Korea Asks For Food Aid; HIV/AIDS In Afghanistan; Peru’s Dengue Outbreak
Oxfam ReportÂ Says Aid Money Being Used To Promote Military, Security Objectives Donor countries “are ‘increasingly concentrating’ both humanitarian and development aid on countries and regions seen to threaten their own immediate security interests, while neglecting other equally insecure, impoverished and conflict-afflicted places,” the humanitarian group Oxfam said in a report…
Advocates at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal, “launched a campaign Tuesday to end financial secrecy in tax havens by multinationals they say deprive developing countries of enormous sums of money,” Agence France-Presse reports (Boutreaux, 2/8).
“South Asia is facing a health crisis, with rising rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, and patients facing impoverishment as they pay for treatment out of their own pockets,” according to a report released Wednesday by the World Bank, Reuters reports (Lyn, 2/9).
House Appropriations Committee Approves $32B Budget Cut, Reducing Foreign Aid, Domestic Spending For FY11
The House Appropriations Committee “voted, 27-22, Tuesday evening to move ahead with Republican plans for cutting” $32 billion “from domestic and foreign aid spending over the last seven months of this fiscal year,” Politico reports (Rogers, 2/8).
Opinions: Polio Vaccines; Alternatives To DDT, Insecticides; Food Price Volatility; Global Poverty; Foreign Aid For Vaccines
Oral Vaccine Alone Cannot Eradicate Polio “No one denies”Â that the oral polioÂ vaccine “has considerable merits. It’s cheap to make. It’s easy to administer; you don’t need a trained nurse with a clean syringe [like the inactive vaccine needs], just a volunteer with a dropper. And it gives excellent immunity. ……
“President Barack Obama will send Congress a ‘tough choices’ budget next week that would cut some of his own programs in the environment, community development and services for the poor to rein in the deficit,” Jacob Lew, the White House budget director, wrote recently in a New York Times opinion piece, Bloomberg reports.
The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Thursday announced “it is to launch a wide-ranging review of its procedures following concern over mismanagement of funds by countries receiving its money,” the Financial Times reports. The U.N.-backed organization “which channels $3bn [billion] a year in donor funds to developing countries, will restructure its auditing procedures and appoint outside officials to review its systems,” according to the news service (Jack, 2/3).