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Reduce Waste, Cut Down Biofuel Use To Meet Global Food Needs

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Timothy Wise of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) at Tufts University and Marie Brill, executive director of ActionAid USA, discuss predictions of food insecurity, saying, “The issues are indeed serious, but the specter of looming food shortages is a bit overblown.”…

Namibian Government Taking Action Against Country’s Worst Drought In 30 Years

Think Africa Press reports on a drought in Namibia, the worst the country has seen in 30 years, writing, “In the Kunene region in the north, rain has not fallen for two years, and the U.N. recently estimated that 778,000 people — approximately one-third of the population — are either…

U.N. Officials Discuss Agriculture, Food Security, Climate Change At Conferences

Speaking at the second Sub-Saharan and Argentinean Agriculture Ministers Meeting in Buenos Aires, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva “stressed the importance of South-South cooperation to advance agricultural development in developing countries, adding that this collaboration can also help end hunger in the African continent,” the…

Drought In Namibia Leaves Roughly One-Third Of Country’s Population Food Insecure

“Namibia’s worst drought in three decades has left roughly one-third of the country’s population moderately or severely food insecure,” according to UNICEF, Nature World News reports (Kemsley, 8/12). “According to the country’s Directorate for Disaster Risk Management, all 13 regions have been affected by the drought, with major shortages of…

Science Review Examines Impact Of Climate Change On Global Food Security

In a review published in Science last week, Tim Wheeler of the University of Reading’s Walker Institute for Climate System Research in the U.K. and Joachim von Braun of the University of Bonn’s Center for Development Research examine the impacts of climate change on global food security. “A robust and…

IFRC Appeals For $1.3M For Namibian Drought Relief

“Desert-hardy Namibians, overwhelmed by the worst drought to hit their country in 30 years, are surviving off wild fruits with no harvest in sight until March 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said as it launched an appeal on Monday … for $1.3 million…

UNICEF Warns High Temperatures In Syria, Middle East Increase Children’s Disease Risks

“The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns soaring summer temperatures in conflict-ridden Syria and neighboring countries of refuge are putting millions of children at risk of disease,” VOA News reports. “According to UNICEF, overcrowding and worsening hygiene are threatening the health and well-being of some four million children affected by the…

World Bank Warns Climate Change Will Affect Development, Worsen Poverty Unless Action Taken

“In fewer than 20 years, climate change impacts — from flooded major cities to crashing food production — threaten to fundamentally reshape the world economy and dramatically worsen human lives, the World Bank’s president warned on Wednesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports (Goering, 6/19). “It is time to stop arguing about…

Blog Series Examines Global Health’s Future

In her continuing series of blog posts, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett posted five more entries on issues related to the future of global health. She addresses topics including global health financing, food security and climate change (5/28). In Humanosphere, Garrett writes a guest post summarizing her…

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