Haiti welcomes 2013 with Bold Strategic Alliance with Vietnam – PRNewswire (Jan 2013)

The governments of Haiti and Vietnam have reached an agreement to work starting in 2013 to collectively address the important issue of food security in Haiti.  According to the article:

“According to Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe , “The principal goal of the agreements we have signed with Vietnam is to find innovative ways to insure food security for all of our citizens.”  Lamothe’s strategic plan identifies ways to mitigate the impact of natural disasters on Haiti’s food supply and to reduce its reliance on the import of agricultural products such as rice.  The Haitian government’s goal is to achieve self-sufficiency in the production of food.
The Vietnamese experience is particularly relevant to Haiti which imports most of the rice its citizens consume.  In the past thirty years this small Southeast Asian country has gone from facing periodic food shortages in the aftermath of the war with the United State and being a net importer of rice, to becoming the world’s second largest exporter of rice. … “
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Brazil’s Program for Decentralized South-South Cooperation

Brazil is launching a new program to identify and finance international cooperation projects that will be implemented by states and municipalities of Brazil with other developing countries. It is  South-South Cooperation, but a decentralized version.  The project aims to share successful public policies at sub-national levels. Brazilian states and municipalites can submit project proposals, based on requests from beneficiary countries, from June 29th to August 31st. Continue reading »

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Multiple crises and global health: New and necessary frontiers of health politics

An article by Ted Schrecker, Clinical Scientist -Institut de recherche Bruyère Research Institute -Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa – Principal Scientist, Institute of Population Health, and University of Ottawa

Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice – Volume 7, Issue 6, 2012

Website: http://bit.ly/KyjvJi 

“…….The world economy is entering an era of multiple crises, involving finance, food security and global environmental change. This article assesses the implications for global public health, describes the contours of post-2007 crises in food security and finance, and then briefly indicates the probable health impacts.

There follows a discussion of the crisis of climate change, one that will unfold over a longer time frame but with manifestations that may already be upon us. The article then discusses the political economy of responses to these crises, noting the formidable obstacles that exist to equitable resolution.

The article concludes by noting the threat that such crises present to recent progress in global health, arguing that global health researchers and practitioners must become more familiar with the relevant social processes, and that proposed solutions that neglect the continuing importance of the nation-state are misdirected………” Continue reading »

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