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U.N., Malawi Government Launch Initiative To Combat Childhood Stunting

Inter Press Service: U.N., Malawi Government Collaborate to Fight Against Childhood Malnutrition “The United Nations, working in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP), Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Malawi’s government in a series of relief operations, has launched another initiative to combat the effects of stunted child growth…

Aid Agencies Face Challenges To Delivering Supplies In CAR

News outlets report on continuing challenges for aid agencies attempting to deliver supplies in the Central African Republic (CAR). IRIN: Troops deployed to protect aid convoys in CAR “As humanitarian needs mount amid unrelenting violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), getting relief supplies into and across the country is…

Congressional Conference Reaches Deal On Farm Bill

News outlets report on the release of a compromise Farm Bill in Congress. Bloomberg: Deep Cuts in Food Stamps Said Averted in Farm-Bill Deal “House and Senate negotiators agreed today on a much-delayed agriculture bill that averts deeper cuts to U.S. food-stamp spending sought by House Republicans…” (Bjerga, 1/27). CQ…

U.N. Convoys Waiting To Enter Syrian City Of Homs

Reuters features two articles describing how U.N. convoys are waiting to enter the conflict-ridden Syrian city of Homs. Reuters: U.N. convoy awaiting green light to deliver food to Homs “The United Nations is ready to deliver a month of rations to the Old City of Homs in Syria for 2,500…

Food Aid Delivered To CAR Capital Bangui

News outlets report on the delivery of food aid in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui. Associated Press/USA Today: U.N. food aid arrives in Central African Republic capital “Dozens of vehicles carrying emergency aid from the U.N. World Food Programme are making their way under French military escort to…

Hunger, Nutrition Should Be Central Component Of U.S. Policy

Huffington Post: Hunger Emergencies Cast Shadow Over State of the Union William Lambers, author and member of the Feeding America Blogger Council “As President Obama delivers the State of the Union, there are hunger emergencies both at home and abroad. … It’s vital, therefore, that Congress support international aid through…

Proposed Farm Bill Will Prevent Expanded Food Aid, Blog States

“The word from the hollowed halls of Congress is that there’s bipartisan agreement on a new five-year Farm Bill that makes some cuts in food stamp payments and farmer subsidies, outraging both special interests in the agriculture industry along with advocates for the American poor. Almost totally ignored is the…

Blog Post Debunks Myth That ‘Africa’s Farmers Will Always Be Poor’

In a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Impatient Optimists” blog post, Mercy Karanja, senior program officer and senior regional adviser to East Africa for Agriculture Development at the foundation writes, “Following the theme of this year’s Annual Letter by Bill and Melinda Gates, I would like to debunk the myth…

Conflict In CAR, South Sudan Dominate Opening Of A.U. Summit

News outlets report on the opening of the African Union Summit in Ethiopia. Discussion surrounding conflict in the region is overshadowing the theme of this year’s summit, Agriculture and Food Security. Agence France-Presse: Africa summit to pull C. Africa, S. Sudan from ‘abyss’ “Conflict in Central African Republic and South…

South Sudan’s Displaced Persons Reluctant To Return Home Despite Ceasefire Agreement

News outlets report that displaced persons in South Sudan are reluctant to return home despite threats of food insecurity and disease in camps and the promise of a ceasefire agreement signed last week. The Guardian: South Sudan’s displaced people wary of return despite aid problems in camps “…Despite a ceasefire…