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USAID’s Feed The Future Innovation Labs Working To Improve Global Food Security

To meet the future challenges of agricultural production and food security “efficiently and effectively, [USAID] — as part of the Feed the Future initiative — is expanding its engagement with the university community, tapping into scientific expertise and innovation that are crucial to advancing global food security,” Saharah Moon Chapotin,…

Namibian Government Taking Action Against Country’s Worst Drought In 30 Years

Think Africa Press reports on a drought in Namibia, the worst the country has seen in 30 years, writing, “In the Kunene region in the north, rain has not fallen for two years, and the U.N. recently estimated that 778,000 people — approximately one-third of the population — are either…

To Advance Food Security, Farmers Need Strong Property Rights

“Under U.S. President Barack Obama’s Feed the Future initiative, we have made incredible strides in increasing crop yields, agricultural surpluses and farmers’ incomes,” Eric Postel, assistant administrator of USAID, and Tjada McKenna, Feed the Future’s deputy coordinator for development, write in a Devex opinion piece. “We have supported training, the…

WFP Highlights 7 Infographics On Hunger, Nutrition

The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) published on its webpage on Friday seven “must-see infographics on hunger and nutrition,” noting they “highlight different aspects of the problem and between them help point the way to solutions.” Among others, the post links to an infographic from the 1,000 Days partnership highlighting…

Walmart, USAID Partnership To Help Farmers, Women, Youth

In a post in the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition blog, Sarah Thorn, senior director of federal government relations for Walmart and vice president of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, writes about the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Walmart and USAID to work…

Researchers Continue Trials On Vitamin A-Fortified Rice Strain

The Wall Street Journal examines golden rice, a new strain of vitamin A-fortified rice developed by researchers at the International Rice Research Institute meant to address deficiencies of the micronutrient among children. “A lack of the vitamin is a leading cause of preventable blindness and is linked to death due…

USAID, Walmart Sign MOU To Work Together On Development Programs

USAID, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation “signed on Monday a Memorandum of Understanding expected to integrate the world’s largest retailer’s supply chains with the Feed the Future program,” Devex reports. “While it remains unclear whether the MOU establishes any binding commitments for either party, the partnership is expected to focus…

New Tool Aims To Improve Diets, Prevent Child Malnutrition In Guatemala

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as part of “a series to coincide with ‘A Promise Renewed in the Americas: Reducing Inequalities in Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Summit’ [being held] September 10-12 in Panama,” Monica Woldt, a senior advisor for maternal and child health and nutrition at FHI…

Fears Of Disease Outbreaks, Food Insecurity Mount In Somalia’s Puntland After Cyclone

“Two weeks after a tropical cyclone struck the northeast coast of Somalia, killing more than 100 people and thousands of head of livestock, important infrastructure lies in ruins and fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases are mounting,” IRIN reports. “‘For four days, the cyclone brought heavy rainfall, icy winds,…

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