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Somalia Heading Towards Second Famine; Donors Must Act Now, U.N. Says

Reuters: Somalia donors must act now to avoid famine ‘catastrophe': U.N. “War-ravaged Somalia is hurtling towards a second famine in three years that could be prevented if donors increased funding, Philippe Lazzarini, United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, said on Sunday…” (Jorgic, 8/29).

Aid Groups Preparing To Deliver Food To West African Nations Affected By Ebola Outbreak

Washington Post: Groups rush to avoid food crisis in Ebola-stricken areas “With food stocks running low in Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, international organizations are preparing for a looming food crisis amid concerns that imports are being affected and farmers in areas quarantined will not be able to harvest…

U.N. Food Aid Reaches More Than 700,000 Iraqis Since June, WFP Reports

News outlets report on the U.N.’s announcement that it has scaled-up its food aid operations and reached more than 700,000 Iraqis since June. Agence France-Presse: U.N. scales up food supplies for Iraqis fleeing conflict “The U.N. food aid agency said Wednesday that a convoy of supplies had reached 2,000 desperate…

Ebola Threatens Food Security In Sierra Leone, Liberia

News outlets report on the U.N.’s concerns about food security in Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak. Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns of food crisis in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone “The United Nations warned Tuesday of a looming food crisis in eastern Sierra Leone, under lockdown since the Ebola-hit…

WFP Warns N. Korea Food Aid Program May Be Shut Down Due To Lack Of Funding

Associated Press: U.N. warns its food aid program in N. Korea at risk “The World Food Programme may have to shut down its operations in North Korea by early next year unless it gets more funding from international donors by this autumn, the U.N. agency’s director for Asia said Friday…”…

Ending Hunger Is ‘Feasible Objective’ In This Lifetime

Thomson Reuters Foundation: How to dramatically reduce hunger — even in very poor countries José Graziano da Silva, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “…The international community has an important role to play in enabling and supporting national efforts — in the identification and evaluation of…

USDA Food For Progress Program To Reach 1.6M People In 2014

USDA: More than 1.6 Million Worldwide to Benefit from USDA International Assistance Program “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service today announced funding for seven international projects through the 2014 Food for Progress Program. In total, more than 1.6 million people will directly benefit from the program this…

Worms Contribute To Malnutrition, PLOS Article Shows

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect”: The Role of Worms in Malnutrition Deborah Elson, communications officer for the Global Network and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, discusses an article published in PLOS NTDs that shows how worms are linked to neglected tropical disease burden and malnutrition (8/18).