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SUNS # 9117 Monday 11 May 2020

COVID-19 : Pledges of 7.4 billion euro raise several ambiguities (PRIV)
(K M Gopakumar and Chee Yoke Ling, New Delhi/Kuala Lumpur)
The Coronavirus Global Response pledging event on 4 May celebrated raising 7.4 billion euro for the collaborative development of vaccines, treatment and diagnostics, but there is lack of clarity on ensuring equitable access and the role of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Trade : Members being nudged to decide on June 2021 date for MC12 (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Despite the worsening Covid-19 pandemic in many countries, the World Trade Organization's General Council Chair appears to be nudging members to take a decision on Kazakhstan's recent offer to convene the World Trade Organization's 12th ministerial conference (MC12) in Nur Sultan, in June 2021, trade envoys told the SUNS.

COVID-19 : World food prices fall for third consecutive month (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The international prices of a basket of key agricultural food commodities fell for the third month in a row in April, as a result of significant contractions in demand for many commodities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.

Peru : COVID-19 has not slowed down ecological women farmers (PRIV)
(IPS, Huasao)
It's eight o'clock in the morning and Pascuala Ninantay is carrying two large containers of water in her wheelbarrow to prepare with neighbouring women farmers 200 litres of organic fertiliser, which will then be distributed to fertilise their crops, in this town in the Andes highlands of Peru.

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