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Ebola Prompts Food Scarcity, Social Conflict In West Africa

News outlets report on the social and economic impact Ebola could have on West African countries, particularly in terms of food security. The Guardian: Ebola outbreak prompts food scarcity and threat of social conflict “Fears are growing that the economic impact of the Ebola crisis could lead to unrest and…

Ebola Challenges West Africa’s Tenuous Stability

New York Times: Ebola Outbreak Erodes Recent Advances in West Africa “…Ebola is fast washing away the small gains made over the last decade in war-scarred parts of West Africa, as schools shut down, immunization campaigns are suspended, and a food crisis looms as farmers abandon their fields…” (Sengupta, 10/21).

Ghana’s Successful Hunger Campaign Offers Lessons For Other Countries

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Ghana’s success in fight against hunger has lessons for others “As India starts its version of Brazil’s famous zero hunger campaign, the world’s most populous democracy could take some inspiration from Ghana. The West African country ‘has met zero hunger,’ Jose Graziano da Silva, head of the…

New Policy Brief Looks At Actions For Ending NTDs, Malnutrition

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Toward a Healthy Future: Working Together to End Neglected Tropical Diseases & Malnutrition Amber Cashwell of the Global Network discusses a new policy brief that “examines the relationship between NTDs and malnutrition, and the actions needed to address both of these…

Post-2015 Nutrition Target Should Be More Ambitious

The Guardian: Getting a nutrition goal is great, but we need a more ambitious target Glen Tarman, international advocacy director for Action Against Hunger “Nutrition did not feature strongly enough in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Persistently high levels of hunger and undernutrition in many countries mean that these issues…

U.N. Partnership With Media Outlets Aims To Increase Hunger, Nutrition Awareness

U.N. News Centre: Global media giants, U.N. agency team up in ongoing fight against hunger “Two new partnerships between the United Nations food agency and independent media outlets will help promote greater awareness about food and nutrition-related issues while providing greater ammunition in the global fight against hunger, the Organization…

Somalis Risk Hunger Without Food And Security Improvements, U.N. Official Says

VOA News: U.N.: Somalis Need Food, Not Just Security Improvements “The United Nations envoy in Somalia is warning that political and security improvements are not enough to stop hunger and stave off a worsening humanitarian crisis. At least one million Somalis are at risk of starvation, according to U.N. officials…”…

U.S. Government, World Bank Mark World Food Day, Discuss Food Security Issues

The following posts from the U.S. government and the World Bank mark World Food Day and address issues related to global food security. U.S. Department of State: World Food Day The U.S. Department of State posted a statement from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry marking World Food Day (10/16).…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Food Security, Hunger

The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding food security in recognition of World Food Day on October 16. Devex: 5 things we can do to better ensure food security Dyno Keatinge, director general of AVRDC, the World Vegetable Center, and chair of the Association of International Research and Development Centers…