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Policymakers Must Acknowledge Climate Change, Storms, Food Security Connections

“While directly connecting climate change and specific storms has always been difficult, it is easy to see the impact of these super storms on food security,” Bruce Campbell, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Copenhagen, writes in CNN’s “Global Public Square” blog,…

Climate Talks Close With Last-Minute Compromise

“Developed countries and fast-growing economies have reached a last-minute compromise to avert a breakdown of climate talks in Warsaw, working towards the outline of a new United Nations pact in 2015 to slow down global warming,” Al Jazeera America reports (11/24). “Under the agreement, settled in the early hours of…

Fears Of Disease Outbreaks, Food Insecurity Mount In Somalia’s Puntland After Cyclone

“Two weeks after a tropical cyclone struck the northeast coast of Somalia, killing more than 100 people and thousands of head of livestock, important infrastructure lies in ruins and fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases are mounting,” IRIN reports. “‘For four days, the cyclone brought heavy rainfall, icy winds,…

Secretary Kerry Announces Additional U.S. Aid To Typhoon-Hit Philippines

“After touring miles of roofless homes and shattered shantytowns destroyed by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday announced that additional American humanitarian aid would be sent to the Philippines and described the giant typhoon as a warning of future extreme weather…

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…

Mozambique Launches New Alliance For Food Security And Nutrition

Paul Weisenfeld, assistant to the administrator at USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, writes in the Feed the Future blog about the recent “official launch of Mozambique’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Maputo.” He says, “While the country’s poverty and undernutrition rates remain high, Mozambique has the potential to grow…