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Almost 25M People In Sahel Experiencing Food Insecurity, OCHA Estimates

IRIN: Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel “Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)…”…

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Researchers Use Mobile Phone System To Check Food Security Among West Africans Affected By Ebola

The Atlantic: A New Tool in Humanitarian Relief: Texting “Pandemics, like war, have a higher cost than their death toll. On top of the 5,000 lives that Ebola has claimed, there are other sorts of victims in the six West African countries the virus has reached. The emergency erodes trust…

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Christian Science Monitor Examines FAO Report On Hunger

Christian Science Monitor: Report: Fewer people in the world are malnourished “Fewer people in the world are going hungry, as the number of chronically undernourished dropped from 18.7 percent of the total population to 11.3 percent between 1990 and 2014. A report released in September by the Food and Agriculture…

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U.N. Urges Greater Support For Iraqis In Need Of Humanitarian Aid Ahead Of Winter

U.N. News Centre: As winter closes in, U.N. launches humanitarian appeal for Iraqis in need “An estimated 2.8 million Iraqis lack food assistance while another 800,000 are in urgent need of emergency shelter, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned [Thursday] as it launched an…

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Blog Post Discusses Inefficiencies In U.S. Food Aid Program

Humanosphere: United States wastes billions of dollars to ship food aid Development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the U.S. food aid program, Food for Peace, writing, “…A comprehensive investigation by USA Today and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism confirms what has long been said about U.S. food aid — it…

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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…

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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).

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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…

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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…

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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…

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