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Integrating Agriculture, Nutrition Is Critical to Eliminate Malnutrition

The Guardian: Can agriculture play a bigger role in solving malnutrition? Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) “…Forging stronger links between agriculture and nutrition sectors is a critical big part of eliminating malnutrition. So we need to start using the investments pledged in…

Farm Bill Will Provide ‘Much Greater Flexibility’ For U.S. Food Aid Program

Chicago Tribune: USAID gets relief in legislation “The farm bill provides much greater flexibility for the U.S. Agency for International Development, which runs the [Food for Peace] program. About 20 percent of the money devoted to foreign food aid will no longer be restricted. The change is so significant that…

Blog Highlights Connections Among Sanitation, Malnutrition, Height

“On World Toilet Day, [observed Tuesday,] we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the toilet for not only saving lives — by reducing the risk of deadly diarrhea — but also for helping people to grow taller, a key measure of childhood malnutrition,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow at…

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…

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…

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,…

WFP Forced To Scale Back Food Rations In DRC

U.N. News Centre: DR Congo: funding gap forces U.N. agency to scale back food rations “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced [Friday] that a major funding gap is forcing the agency to scale back geographical coverage of its work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and…

Near East, North Africa Governments Conclude FAO Regional Conference

“Governments from the Near East and North Africa [on Friday] wrapped up a five-day meeting on regional food security challenges pledging enhanced cooperation to tackle the critical issues of water management, food waste and building more resilient rural communities. In a final report, the 32nd FAO regional conference for the…

Aid Groups Warn Northern Mali Still Needs Humanitarian, Food Aid

IRIN: Emerging from crisis, Mali braces for hunger “As Mali slowly emerges from its 2012 political crisis and the Islamist insurgency in the north, the new government and its partners are focusing on long-term development. But aid groups warn that there are humanitarian needs that must be addressed immediately, particularly…