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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…

International Community ‘Must Act Quickly’ To Deliver Life-Saving Assistance To Syrians

“The world already knows that [Syria’s] Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, indiscriminate bombing, arbitrary detentions, rape, and torture against his own citizens,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece. “What is far less well known, and equally intolerable, is the systematic denial of…

Better Data On Global Food Waste Needed

“Food waste is an issue of global significance, affecting food security and environmental sustainability, yet basic information is lacking on the types and quantities wasted,” Julian Parfitt, principal resource analyst at the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. “Global food waste estimates…

Devex Examines Food Rapporteur’s Report; NPR Interviews Buffett Family About New Book On Food Security

“[I]n the past decade, an empowered civil society has been a driving factor of the significant progress made in several countries in ensuring food security and combating malnutrition,” Devex reports. Civil society organization (CSO) “participation has helped shape government policies and improve service delivery, particularly for the most vulnerable populations,…

Devex Examines Potential For Reform Of U.S. Food Aid Program

“For months, U.S. development officials, [non-governmental organization (NGO)] leaders and President Barack Obama have championed changes to the nation’s 50-year-old system for delivering food to developing and crisis-afflicted countries,” but “[f]or any of the momentum gained from those efforts to make a difference this year, reform advocates will have to…

BRICS Agriculture Ministers Meet To Discuss Climate Change, Food Security

“Agriculture ministers from BRICS countries met [in Pretoria, South Africa,] on Tuesday to address the negative effects of climate change on world food security,” Xinhua reports. “The gathering, the 3rd of its kind, will culminate in the signing of a joint declaration which will demonstrate BRICS’ determination to meet the…

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