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USDA Blog Post Discusses International Food Security Assessment Findings

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “USDA Blog”: International Food Security: A Look at the Next Decade Stacey Rosen and Birgit Meade of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) discuss the International Food Security Assessment, released in June by ERS, which provides 10-year food security projections in low- and middle-income countries (10/14).

Ebola Epidemic Could Cause Food Crisis In West Africa, Experts Warn

News outlets report on the impact of the Ebola epidemic on food security in West Africa. Associated Press: Ebola escalation could trigger major food crisis “The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months, and the…

Deutsche Welle Examines Malnutrition, Family Planning In Niger

Deutsche Welle: Niger’s malnourished children “In Niger, children with dusty blond hair are ubiquitous: It’s a sure sign of widespread malnourishment. Resources are scarce, while fertility rates are soaring. Yet family planning is an uphill struggle…” (Conrad, 10/15).

Climate Change Will Negatively Impact Food Security In Africa, Report Says

Inter Press Service: Measuring How Climate Change Affects Africa’s Food Security “…Experts from around the world are certain that climate change is playing a major role in the difficulties … hundreds of thousands of other farmers are experiencing on the continent. According to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental…

World Food Day Focuses On Family Farming

Inter Press Service: Family Farming — A Way of Life “It does not make the headlines, but 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and family farming will be center stage at this year’s World Food Day on Oct. 16 at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Food Security, Recognize World Food Day

The following opinions discuss various aspects of food security and recognize World Food Day, marked on October 16. CNN: Can we feed everyone? Evan Fraser, a Canada research chair at the University of Guelph, a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, and a fellow of the Pierre Elliot…

Debate About Food Aid Reform Missing Long-Term Focus

“There’s been a lot of debate recently in the U.S. about food aid reform, especially since [the Obama administration] proposed a shift toward more cash programs and increased local and regional purchase of food aid,” Paul Guenette, senior vice president at ACDI/VOCA, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network”…

BBC Radio Show Examines Child Undernutrition

BBC World Service’s “More Or Less” radio show “examines the claim that every 15 seconds a child dies of hunger,” which “is a popular statistic used by celebrities and charity campaigners in support of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.” However, the show summary states, “According to the experts…

Opinion Pieces Address Issue Of Malnutrition At G8 Summit

The following is a summary of opinion pieces addressing the issue of malnutrition at the G8 summit that took place in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, on Monday and Tuesday. Jamie Cooper-Hohn and Jim O’Neill, Globe and Mail: “One item hidden away on paragraph 55 of the joint communique is undernutrition,…

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