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Senate Approves Modest Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program In Farm Bill

“The Senate on Monday voted to make modest changes to the way international food aid is delivered, a much scaled-back version of an overhaul proposed by President Barack Obama earlier this year,” the Associated Press reports. “Senators adopted an amendment by voice vote to a wide-ranging farm bill Monday that…

Smallholder Farmers Hold Key To Sustainable Agriculture, Report Says

“Given the right conditions and targeted support, small farmers can unleash a new and sustainable agricultural revolution, the United Nations environment agency and a partner agricultural development organization reported [on Tuesday] on the eve of World Environment Day,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The report (.pdf), titled “Smallholders, Food Security…

Malnutrition Eradication Rightly At Top Of Development Agenda

“The world community has decided, at last, to get serious about nutrition. That is the big message coming from national leaders and nutrition experts who will participate in the ‘Nutrition for Growth’ meeting convened by the U.K. and Brazilian governments to be hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron in London…

Blog Examines Disagreement Over Food Aid Reform Among Aid Groups

“Food aid is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contended issues in the frequently hotly contended Farm Bill,” development blogger Tom Paulson writes in the Humanosphere blog. “[T]he Obama administration has proposed some major changes to food aid aimed at purchasing some of the food overseas and…

Proposed Food Aid Reform Needs Bipartisan Support

Noting “[t]he Obama administration’s FY14 budget request included a food aid reform proposal that the administration estimated would allow U.S. food aid to reach an additional two to four million people per year — for roughly what the United States spends now,” Beth Schwanke, senior associate for policy outreach at…

Support For Food Aid Reform Should Be ‘No Brainer’

“The president took a bold step forward earlier this year when he requested wide-ranging changes to our food aid program to make them more efficient and cost-effective,” Jim French, the lead agriculture organizer for Oxfam America, writes in The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” noting Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Karen Bass…

Global Hunger, Malnutrition Costing World Trillions In Health Fees, FAO Report Says

“Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),” VOA News reports (Baragona, 6/4). “In [the] hard-hitting report, the U.N. said the levels of malnutrition — which…

House Panel Rejects Changes To Food Aid Program Proposed By Obama Administration

“The House of Representatives panel in charge of agricultural funding rejected on Wednesday the Obama administration’s request for a sweeping change to food aid programs that have been in place since the Cold War,” Reuters reports. “It was the second defeat in three days for the White House budget proposal…