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NTDs Must Be Addressed To Achieve Zero Hunger

Writing in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases “End the Neglect” blog, Ashley Schmidt, program and operations associate for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, asserts that the U.N.-led initiative, the Zero Hunger Challenge, must include neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as part of…

Malnutrition Threatens Syrian Refugees; Aid Delivery Still Stalled

News outlets continue to report on the humanitarian situation in Syria, with a special focus on the threat of malnutrition among Syrian refugees. Devex: U.K. aid to Syria ‘smart’ but still not enough — aid groups “British aid to Syria is a ‘lifeline’ for operations on the ground and the…

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…

Guardian Expert Panel Explores Ways To Help Refugees

The Guardian: From Syria to Central African Republic, how to invest in refugees “As scenes from Syria’s Yarmouk camp shock the world, our expert panel explores the ways the development community can go beyond meeting basic needs in refugee camps…” (Scott, 2/26).

Kerry Says Climate Change Threatens National Security

The Hill: Kerry doubles down on climate change “Secretary of State John Kerry doubled down Wednesday on his comments calling climate change a major national security threat. … ‘It is increasingly going to provide major challenges to food security; to water security; to refugee populations, which it’s going to create;…

Blog Summarizes Changes To Foreign Food Aid Under Farm Bill

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food for Thought” blog summarizes the 2014 Agricultural Act’s impact on international food aid, writing, “The Act contained reform measures, designed to increase the flexibility and effectiveness of the food aid program. According to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, the Act will allow the…

Food Waste Impacting Global Agricultural Prices, World Bank Report Says

News sources report on a new World Bank report (.pdf) discussing food prices worldwide. The Independent: Third of the world’s food is never eaten — and it’s increasing the cost of your weekly shop “A third of the food the world produces is never consumed, meaning that prices are being…

Conflict Linked To Water Management, Food Security

News outlets examine the links between conflict and water management, and between conflict and food security. IIP Digital: Effective Water Management Can Prevent Conflict, USAID Says “Countries with unreliable supplies of water are more vulnerable to conflict, according to a new report from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).…

FAO Food Price Index At Lowest Level Since June 2012

“Global food prices declined for the third consecutive month, largely driven by lower international prices for grains, soy and palm oil, while sugar, meat and dairy prices were also down, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported” on Thursday, the U.N. News Centre reports (8/8). The FAO “price…