Meeting Addresses Links Between Hunger, HIV
November 10, 2010
A three-day meeting in South Africa, which concludes on Thursday, brings together policymakers, researchers, development experts and practitioners "to discuss critical links between HIV/AIDS, agriculture, hunger and malnutrition in Africa," the Daily Monitor writes. The meeting -- which is organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Regional Network on AIDS, Livelihoods and Food Security (RENEWAL) -- aims "to identify opportunities to generate a truly multisectoral response to AIDS epidemics and ensure the food security of individuals and households facing their many effects," according to the Daily Monitor (Nakaweesi, 11/10).
A research study released by RENEWAL, showed "that AIDS and other chronic illnesses accounted for close to 13 percent of agricultural staff deaths from 2002-2007, robbing extension agencies of their valuable workforce and reducing their effectiveness," PANA/Afrique en ligne reports. According to the research, the Zambian government lost an average of 12 years of investment and training when an agriculture worker in "the prime of his career" died (11/10).
In a statement, Scott Drimie, an IFPRI research fellow and RENEWAL coordinator, said: "Agriculture is the backbone of most African economies and the main source of livelihood for people affected by HIV." He continued, "Yet the AIDS epidemic in the region has seriously diminished human capacity and financial resources of many agricultural extension departments, reducing farmers' access to agricultural technologies and information that could improve their crop yields and income," the Daily Monitor writes (11/10).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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