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Proposed Changes To U.S. International Food Aid Program Must Address Complex Issues

Noting the Obama administration earlier this year proposed changes to the U.S. international food aid program, Food for Peace, Hannah Laufer-Rottman, founder and executive director of the Palms for Life Fund, writes in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog that “in order to succeed, the new U.S. food aid policy must…

IPS Examines International Efforts To Create SDGs

Inter Press Service examines international efforts to formulate new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire in 2015. “[C]ivil society activists and U.N. officials agree their success will hinge on policies that address the nexus of poverty, hunger and environmental degradation,” the news service…

Food Security Becomes Divisive Issue At WTO Ministerial Meeting

“The World Trade Organization’s [WTO] ninth ministerial meeting at Bali, Indonesia, has morphed into a fierce battle between the countries seeking social safety nets for hundreds of millions of poor people and those insisting on having advanced import-facilitation programs in the developing countries on par with the industrialized nations,” Inter…

‘Much Still Needs To Be Done’ To Prevent Severe Acute Malnutrition In Children

A Lancet editorial examines the global crisis of severe acute malnutrition in children, noting “19 million children younger than five years had severe acute malnutrition (SAM) worldwide in 2011, most of whom lived in Africa and southeast Asia,” and “more than seven percent of all deaths in this age group…

Still No Consensus On Food Security, Trade Facilitation On WTO Meeting’s Final Day

“A consensus still eludes the 159 member nations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on issues of trade facilitation and food subsidy on the final day of the ninth ministerial talks of the group,” the Financial Express reports. “After hectic parleys with India and the U.S. that lasted until early…

Christian Science Monitor Examines Debate Over Locally Sourcing International Food Aid

“Food aid is a global business that millions depend on, from the typhoon-stricken Philippines to war-torn Syria. Yet when it comes to the sourcing of this aid, there’s a growing debate on how much food should be bought locally,” versus shipped from the donor country, the Christian Science Monitor reports,…

WTO Reaches Global Trade Deal After Indian Objections Over Food Subsidy Rules

“Delegates to the World Trade Organization [WTO] meeting in Bali, Indonesia, have approved a global trade deal for the first time since the organization was founded in 1995,” VOA News reports. “The deal still must be approved by all 159 member governments,” the news service notes, adding, “Analysts estimate that…

Humanitarian Efforts Continue In Philippines; Donors Urged To Focus On Long-Term Recovery

“Efforts are intensifying to improve access to much needed humanitarian assistance to remote Philippine islands, one month after the category five Super Typhoon Haiyan” struck, IRIN reports in an analysis. “Some remote areas that are difficult to reach in ordinary circumstances have become even more inaccessible since Haiyan swept through…

‘Collective Action’ Benefits Nutrition Initiatives

“We are witnessing a pivotal moment for nutrition. Forty-two countries have committed to scaling-up nutrition through the SUN Movement, and this number continues to grow. Governments and donors have pledged billions — $4.15 billion at the Nutrition for Growth event in the U.K. this June,” Manfred Eggersdorfer, a professor at…