By Sung Lee
UN Sees Risk of Unrest From Food Costs Above 10-Year Average, Bloomberg, May 7
The UN FAO is asking international lenders to accelerate the release of funds to help poor countries cope with high food costs through subsidies and avert riots, Hiroyuki Konuma, assistant director general at the FAO, said in an interview. Global food costs are about 40 percent above the average in the past 10 years.
World Bank Announces Makhtar Diop as its New Vice-President for Africa, World Bank, May 7
Makhtar Diop, a Senegalese national with more than 25 years of development experience, today becomes the new World Bank Vice-President for Africa. Diop was previously Country Director for Brazil since 2009 where he managed the World Bank’s largest country program. Prior to joining the Bank, Diop worked at the IMF and served as Minister of Finance of Senegal, and as Chair of the West African Monetary Union Board of Finance Ministers.
Blog From Niger: Resilient Women In The Face Of Hunger, Opinion, Ertharin Cousin, Alert Net, May 6
One month ago, during my first week in office as WFP's Executive Director, I began convening daily operational briefings. Since then, each and every briefing has included fresh and ever more disturbing details of the tragedy unfolding across Africa's Sahel region. Now, visiting Niger, I am witnessing first hand the human consequences of this complicated complex crisis.
UN Official Appeals for Urgent Funds to Assist Millions Across Africa's Sahel Region, UN News Center, May 6
There are currently 15 million people facing food insecurity in the Sahel, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, and includes countries such as Niger and Mali. The trip is Ms. Cousin's first field visit since assuming the leadership of WFP one month ago.