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.
Food Security and Nutrition
Heads of state from the African Union (AU) started a three-day meeting in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday as part of the 15th AU Summit, People’s Daily Online reports.
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.”
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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,…
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.
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).
U.N., IMF Release Reports On How Global Economic Crisis ‘Dealt Critical Blow’ To Aid For Poor Countries
Ahead of next week’s U.N. Millennium Development Summit, “[t]he United Nations and International Monetary Fund said Thursday that the global financial crisis has dealt a critical blow to aid for poor countries with billions of dollars needed to meet shortages,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Both institutions said that the world must…
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…
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…
Ahead of the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) special meeting on global food prices Friday, U.N. officials said they expect Russian grain company executives to attend, the Associated Press/Bloomberg Businessweek reports.