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Three Initiatives To Help Africa Meet Health, Development Goals

Writing in New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s “On the Ground” blog, Shawn Baker, Helen Keller International’s vice president and regional director for Africa, discusses three initiatives “that are poised for the kind of success at scale that will help us keep our promises” for health and development in Africa.…

Committee On World Food Security Meets In Rome

The Guardian reports on the 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), meeting in Rome this week. “Once a relatively mechanistic, high-level event, today the CFS stands alone among big U.N. meetings for bringing everyone to the table and is often hailed the most inclusive global governance…

IRIN Examines Debate Over FAO’s Data Calculation Methods

IRIN examines the debate over the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) “methods of calculating the number of hungry people in the world in its annual report, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI).” According to the news service, “The 2013 SOFI is an improvement over the 2012…

Addressing Global Hunger Involves More Than Increasing Food Production Yields

“It’s been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy spoke of ending world hunger, yet on the eve of World Food Day, October 16, the situation remains dire,” New York Times columnist Mark Bittman writes in an International New York Times opinion piece. In the current system, “a third [of…

Opinion Pieces Address World Food Day

October 16 is recognized as World Food Day, with this year’s theme of “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.” The following summarizes several opinion pieces addressing issues surrounding food production, distribution and security. Chris Brett, The Guardian’s “Sustainable Business” blog: “According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture…

International Community Must Address Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis With Urgency, MSF Warns

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) “says the international community should demonstrate the same urgency in addressing Syria’s humanitarian crisis that it did in pressing for the destruction of its chemical weapons,” VOA News reports. “The call from MSF Operations Director Bart Janssens came Tuesday, along with a warning that the threat…

Biofuel Production, Use Impacting Food Security

“The food security impacts [of using food-based biofuels] are multiple and severe,” Marie Brill, executive director of ActionAid USA, and Timothy Wise, policy research director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, write in an Al Jazeera opinion piece. Using food for biofuel “has a direct impact…

Global Hunger Index Shows Progress, But Malnutrition Still Plagues Some Countries

In the 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI), released this week, “[t]he organizations that compile the index — the International Food Policy Research Institute (IPFRI), Concern Worldwide and Welt Hunger Hilfe — say that 23 out of the 120 countries they track have made significant progress, improving their scores by 50…

U.N. Agencies, Leaders Stress Importance Of Sustainable Food Systems On World Food Day

“Efficient, well-managed and sustainable food systems are essential to end hunger and malnutrition as well as protect the environment, United Nations officials stressed [Wednesday], marking World Food Day,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The theme of this year’s day, which is celebrated on October 16 in honor of the date…