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U.S. Food Aid Policies Must Be Streamlined To Prevent A Food Security Crisis

Feed the Future programs “will indeed address hunger at its core, offering farmers the tools and opportunity they need to feed their families. … But on the other side of town we’ve deepened our investments in policies that increase food insecurity. A string of policy disasters … have driven food price spikes and punished the billions of people who live on less than two dollars a day,” Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, writes in a piece on The Hill’s “Congress Blog.”

Instability And Global Food Prices

In this report from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, part of its Global Forecast 2011, Johanna Nesseth Tuttle writes, “As food prices have risen – to a new, all-time high in 2011 – it is clear that, although we are not inevitably destined for instability as a result…

G20 Should Examine Larger Food Issues

“The inefficiencies in food production, transport and wastage are not only hazardous from a financial and environmental perspective; they are equally tragic on a moral level,” independent consultant and writer Cynthia Schweer writes in a post on Foreign Policy Blogs’ “Global Health” blog, noting that nearly 1 billion people worldwide are…

Sarkozy Calls For G20 Agriculture Ministers To Establish Farm Database

“French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged G20 agriculture ministers to agree at talks in Paris next week on a farm database that would gather and store market-sensitive information such as food stocks,” Reuters reports. Sarkozy’s call came during a speech Thursday “to farm unions gathered at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development headquarters,” the news service writes (6/16).

Important To Fund The GAFSP Now

In a Guardian opinion piece, Lael Brainard, under-secretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury, writes about the importance of funding the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and investing in small farmers in the developing world.

Five Food Security Priorities For The G20

Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, outlines five priorities for G20 leaders to endorse at the upcoming summit in a Guardian “Poverty Matters Blog” post.

Food Prices Projected To Rise Over Next Decade, FAO/OECD Report Says

Food prices are likely to continue to rise over the next decade, “putting the poor at an increasing risk of malnutrition and hunger,” according to a joint report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Associated Press/Washington Post reports (6/17).

U.N. Official Calls For Additional Food Aid For North Korea

Valerie Amos, head of the U.N. Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, on Friday “plead[ed] with international donors to overlook political difficulties in the face of a humanitarian crisis” in North Korea, where she said it is estimated six million people are in danger of not getting enough to eat, Agence France-Presse reports.