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Global Food Prices Drop Again In May, FAO Says

U.N. News Centre: Global food prices down for second straight month in May, U.N. agency reports “The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today that global food prices were down for the second straight month in May and that the outlook for worldwide cereal supply has improved considerably…

Investing In Local Capacity Will Bolster Global Nutrition Programs

Huffington Post: The Nutrition for Growth Summit One Year Later: Big Plans Require Bigger Investment in Local Capacity Kathy Spahn, president and CEO of Helen Keller International “…The Nutrition for Growth Summit and other recent initiatives throughout the global community have raised unprecedented levels of funding for nutrition programming and…

Efforts To Reduce Post-Harvest Loss In Africa May Reduce Hunger, Boost Incomes

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: A Lot to Lose, But Much to Gain Emily Alpert, deputy director at Agriculture for Impact, discusses food security in Africa, specifically how “the prevention of post-harvest loss can add to the radical difference that raising yields can make to a farmers’ level…

Conference Outlines Ways To Improve Maternal, Newborn, Child Health

Huffington Post: How to Save Women and Children Stephen Cornish, executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Canada “…The organizers and participants of last week’s conference [in Canada titled 'Saving Every Woman Every Child: Within Arm's Reach'] are to be commended for seeking concrete steps to improve maternal, newborn,…

Drop U.S. Food Aid Shipping Requirement To Feed More People

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Rough water: U.S. food aid imperiled by proposed shipping rule “…Section 318 of the House-approved Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act would require that 75 percent of U.S. food aid be transported on privately owned, U.S.-flagged commercial vessels. The cost, according to USAID: $75 million that could be…

The Economist Examines Nutrition In China

The Economist examines nutrition in China, where economic growth is preventing widespread malnutrition but increasing obesity rates. The Economist: Malnutrition: The hungry and forgotten “…China used to have more undernourished people than anywhere in the world except India: about 300 million, or 30 percent of the population in 1980. Economic…

Food For Peace Program Supports Efforts To End World Hunger

Huffington Post: Support Pope’s Plan With Food for Peace William Lambers, author and blogger “Pope Francis has been outspoken about ending world hunger, and getting the church more involved. … Food for Peace is the main tool of the U.S. government for fighting world hunger. It is a donor to…

FAO, WHO Call On Governments To Commit To Tackling Malnutrition

Food and Agriculture Organization: FAO and WHO urge strong political commitment to tackle malnutrition at upcoming high-level international conference “As hundreds of millions of people around the world continue to suffer from hunger and malnutrition, governments should make stronger commitments at the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to…

U.N. Appeals For More Than $1B In Aid To South Sudan

News outlets report on the U.N.’s appeal for more than $1 billion in aid to South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: S. Sudan crisis ‘deteriorates’ after six months of war “Aid agencies warned Sunday that starvation and diseases like malaria and cholera were set to intensify the crisis in South Sudan, which…