As U.S. plans to fight world hunger take shape, the USDA is gearing up for an “important but modest role,” in which the agency will follow directions from the State Department and developing countries, Rajiv Shah, undersecretary in charge of the USDA’s research arm, said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Shah said, “We’re really saying this starts with (developing) countries doing their own work about identifying plans and priorities,” adding that USDA will then work “under the leadership of the State Department to help fill those gaps.”
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Ethiopian Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Mitiku Kassa on Thursday asked the international community for more than $121 million for emergency food aid for 6.2 million people, the Associated Press reports (10/22).
USA Today Column Examines U.S. Efforts Against World Hunger In a USA Today column, writer DeWayne Wickham examines the connection between hunger and global security. “Helping poor countries feed their hungry masses is not just a grand humanitarian gesture; it is good diplomacy â€” a refreshing change from the jingoism…
The Guardian examines how “famine and acute food shortages” in Uganda could affect people living with HIV/AIDS. “The situation is beginning to undermine efforts to fight the virus in the north and east of Uganda, the areas most affected by the drought,” according to the Guardian.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on World Food Security (CFS) agreed Tuesday to “wide-ranging” reforms in an effort to make the committee the most “comprehensive international and intergovernmental platform dealing with food security and nutrition,” Xinhua reports (10/20). “The CFS reforms are designed to focus the Committee’s vision and role on the global coordination of efforts to eliminate hunger and ensure food security for all,” according to an FAO press release.
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“The Obama administration wants more flexibility in how it allocates food aid dollars to complement its new strategy to help small farmers in poor countries boost their food production,” according to a conference call Friday with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Reuters reports.
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Today marks World Food Day, with the aim of bringing “awareness to the issue of hunger,” as the world faces “more mouths to feed but fewer farmers to grow the needed crops,” Deutsche Welle reports. The news outlet calls hunger an “income problem,” adding that “farmers will continue fleeing their fields for more lucrative opportunities in the urban areas unless incomes improve.”
During a “keynote speech” Thursday at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Gates, cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is expected to announce $120 million in grants “to promote dynamic, home-grown, sustainable agriculture in Africa and India,” Agence France-Presse reports. In a statement, Gates said that “helping the poorest smallholder farmers grow more and get it to market is the world’s single most powerful lever for reducing hunger and poverty” (Zeitvogel, 10/15).