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USAID Reform Should Be ‘Priority’ For U.S. Government

“The amount of good our nation has done for poor and hungry people around the world over the last 10 years is astounding,” Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World; George Ingram, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; and former Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.), a senior fellow…

Global Fund Has Achieved Impressive Results, But More Work Remains

“This week I had the pleasure to host a preparatory meeting between donors of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “The meeting was held for two very good reasons: to assess the…

Production Of Synthetic Artemisinin An Attack Against Farmers Currently Growing The Plant

“On Thursday, the founder of Amyris Biotech triumphantly announced production of 70 million doses of the anti-malarial compound artemisinin,” Jim Thomas, research program director for ETC group, a technology watchdog that works with farmers’ organizations, writes in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters” blog. “This sounds like good news for poor people…

Lessons Learned From India’s Polio Response Could Help Country Combat Other Diseases

“More than 400 signatories to [a scientific declaration urging the world to eradicate polio], hailing from 80 countries, believe polio eradication is achievable in large part because of the great gains India has made against the disease,” T. Jacob John, a retired professor of clinical virology at Christian Medical College…

Foreign Aid Reform Increases Efficiency, Should Appeal To All Members Of Congress

“Since the Eisenhower administration, the United States generally has done food aid in a certain way: grow and pack it in this country, ship it across the world on U.S.-flagged ships, then deliver it through American charities, which sell a portion of the food to fund their other programs,” columnist…

Focus On Early Childhood Critical To New Development Framework

“UNICEF’s latest report [.pdf] on child nutrition, launched at the Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, Climate Justice hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation and Irish Government, revealed that every year 2.3 million children under the age of five still die of malnutrition and 165 million children are stunted as a result…

Birth Registration Key To Achieving MDGs

With “less than 1,000 days to go until the 2015 deadline for the world’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) …, [t]he international community is busy examining the progress we’ve made and all the work remaining if we are to realize the vision that was laid out 12 years ago,” Nigel Chapman,…

Food And Nutrition Security Should Be ‘Major Component’ Of Post-2015 Development Goals

Josh Lozman, deputy director of program advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[F]ood and nutrition security should be a major component of the post-2015 framework, either as its own goal, or at least with key targets on sustainable agricultural productivity, efforts…

Efforts Against HIV/AIDS Must Address ‘Stigma, Discrimination And Quality Of Care’

New York Times: The Missing Piece in the War on AIDS Ellie Feinglass, a health and human rights consultant in sub-Saharan Africa “Our strategy [against HIV/AIDS], if it is to be successful, must recognize that achieving universal access to care and treatment necessarily means addressing human rights barriers to health…

Shift Donor Funding, Encourage Trade To Improve African Food Security

SciDev.Net: African agriculture needs trade not aid David Bennett, a senior member of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, U.K. and co-leader of the Biosciences for Farming in Africa program “…[F]or any solution to food security to be truly sustainable, people have to move from depending on aid to depending on trade.…

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