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Shah Says Philippines Will Not Have Aid Problems Similar To Haiti

“The Philippine government is strong enough to ensure long-term reconstruction in the wake of devastating Typhoon Haiyan is effective and avoid the aid problems seen after the Haiti earthquake three years ago, the [USAID administrator] said on Tuesday,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “One thousand U.S. marines were arriving on…

China’s One-Child Policy Relaxation Could Impact Food Security, Public Services

“China’s relaxation of its one-child policy, announced last week, is unlikely to spark a baby boom,” ScienceInsider reports, adding, “But it may be a steppingstone to a bigger change that influences when the nation’s population peaks — a milestone with major ramifications for food security.” According to the news service,…

Southern African Organizations Sign Food Security MoU; SciDev.Net Presents Food Security Spotlight

The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) in Botswana and the Regional Agricultural and Environmental Innovations Network Africa (RAEIN-Africa) in South Africa “have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate to improve food security and people’s livelihoods in the Southern African Development Community…

LiveScience Series Examines Impacts Of Population Growth

Noting the U.N. estimates the global population could grow to 11 million people by the end of the century, LiveScience in a weeklong series “is taking a look at the impacts a population of 11 billion people might have on our home planet.” On Tuesday, the news service examined the…

Rise In Risky Behavior Is Growing Threat To Health, World Bank Report Says

“Risky behavior — smoking, illegal drug use, excessive drinking, unhealthy eating and unsafe sex — is on the rise worldwide and poses a growing threat to health, particularly in poorer countries, according to a World Bank report,” The Guardian reports. “Smoking exacts a particularly high toll,” the newspaper writes, noting,…

Congress Should Adopt More Flexibility In Food Aid Program

“Congress, through the House/Senate farm bill conference, once again has the opportunity to provide the U.S. international food aid program the flexibility that is essential for our help to be effective in responding to life-threatening disasters,” George Ingram, senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Global Economy and Development Program, writes…

Humanitarian Crisis Continues In Mali Nearly 1 Year After French Intervention

“Eleven months after French forces dislodged Islamist militants from northern Mali, the region’s humanitarian crisis is far from over,” IRIN reports, noting, “Hunger levels are higher this year than last, … [b]anditry is preventing herders throughout the north from accessing grazing land, and insecurity is barring some aid agencies from…

Guardian Publishes International Development Journalism Competition Articles

The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” on Friday published several articles written by “12 journalists who made the final of this year’s International Development Journalism Competition.” Among others, the topics of the articles include small-scale rice farming in Ghana, the clearing of human waste in India, drug-resistant malaria in Cambodia,…

Policymakers Must Acknowledge Climate Change, Storms, Food Security Connections

“While directly connecting climate change and specific storms has always been difficult, it is easy to see the impact of these super storms on food security,” Bruce Campbell, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Copenhagen, writes in CNN’s “Global Public Square” blog,…

Humanitarian Response In Philippines Reignites Discussion Over U.S. Food Aid Reform

The New York Times examines how the humanitarian response in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan has reignited the debate over U.S. food aid reform. “The Obama administration and some lawmakers say the disaster in the Philippines underscores the need to revise the program and give the aid agency the flexibility…