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Lawmakers Continue Debate Over U.S. Food Aid Policy

“Lawmakers attempted Wednesday to push along an ongoing effort to modernize U.S. international food aid policy amid mounting bipartisan support for the use of more locally grown food products over the long-standing practice of shipping U.S.-grown commodities,” Inter Press Service reports. “The Food Aid Reform Act, introduced by House Foreign…

WHO Report Examines Global Nutrition Policies

The WHO has released a new report (.pdf), titled “Global nutrition policy review: What does it take to scale up nutrition action?,” which “is based on a questionnaire survey conducted during 2009-2010, in which 119 WHO Member States and four territories participated,” according to the report’s webpage. The review “analyzed…

Global Hidden Hunger Indices, Maps Aim To Inform Policy, Advocacy

Writing in a PLOS One article published on June 12, researchers from Australia, India, Switzerland and the U.S. present “indices and maps of global hidden hunger to help prioritize program assistance, and to serve as an evidence-based global advocacy tool,” according to the abstract. “A number of countries in sub-Saharan…

British PM Cameron Lists Major Issues To Be Addressed At G8 Summit

Noting “Britain is hosting this year’s G8 summit, which gets underway next week (June 17-18) in Northern Ireland,” VOA News reports, “Prime Minister David Cameron has listed the major issues he wants leaders to tackle when they gather at the Lough Erne resort.” The news service notes G8 Research Center…

Opinion Pieces Address Malnutrition Ahead Of G8 Summit

The following is a summary of opinion pieces addressing the issue of malnutrition ahead of the G8 summit taking place in London next week. David Nabarro, Inter Press Service: “In recent years many leaders have made commitments to tackle food insecurity and malnutrition. The intensity of focus and action has…

Feed The Future Working Group Launched To Engage Civil Society

“Feed the Future — [USAID's] global food security initiative — has formed a working group tasked with finding ways to engage more effectively with civil society both at home and abroad,” Devex reports. “While little is yet known about the specific goals, focal areas, or even how the panel is…

Food Aid Reform Proposal Should Garner Bipartisan Support

“Unfortunately, American food assistance today is far less efficient and effective than it could be,” Joshua Bolten, managing director of Rock Creek Global Advisors and former chief of staff to President George W. Bush, and John Podesta, chair of the Center for American Progress and former chief of staff to…

USAID Assistant Administrator For Global Health Discusses Nutrition

In a new interview blog series called “Behind the Scenes,” USAID’s “IMPACTblog” features an interview with Ariel Pablos-Méndez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID, in which he discusses nutrition’s key role in global health. He talks about the Child Survival Call to Action, the Lancet series on child and…

Opinion Pieces Published Ahead Of G8 Summit

The following is a summary of opinion pieces published ahead of the 39th annual G8 Summit taking place in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, on Monday and Tuesday. Lucy Chesire, Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog: “As the Group of Eight (G8) meetings get underway on the 17th and 18th of…