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Drought, Flooding In Haiti Leading To Increase In Malnutrition, U.N. Report Says

“A growing number of people in Haiti do not have enough to eat, according to the United Nations relief wing, mostly as a result of drought and the impact of recent tropical storms,” the U.N. News Centre reports (4/3). The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs “said in its monthly…

Podcast Addresses Food Security In Ethiopia

In the third Humanosphere podcast, development blogger Tom Paulson interviews Roger Thurow, a former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and senior fellow on global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. According to the blog, Thurow discusses “the ‘obscenity’ of hunger in Ethiopia, how…

Politicians Need To Address ‘Increasingly Ominous’ Issue Of Food Security

“A study by the U.K. Institution of Mechanical Engineers found that somewhere between 30 percent and 50 percent of all the food grown in the world never makes it to the plate,” and “[u]p to one billion people are malnourished or hungry,” a Guardian editorial writes. “But food security is not just…

Post-2015 Must Address Poverty, Food Security

Mark Suzman, managing director for international policy, programs and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “Last week saw two key events related to the Millennium Development Goals: the kickoff on April 5 of an ambitious global campaign focused on accelerating progress over the…

Blogs, Press Releases Respond To Obama Administration’s FY14 Budget Request

The Obama administration on Wednesday released its FY 2014 budget request, including funding for U.S. global health activities and proposed changes to the U.S. food aid program. The following is a summary of blog posts and press releases addressing the request. Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, “ModernizeAid” blog: The blog provides…

Development Experts Praise Proposed Changes To Food Aid Program In FY14 Budget Request

“Civil society groups [in the U.S.] are praising parts of President Barack Obama’s newly unveiled [FY 2014 budget request], saying it appears to build on momentum gathered in recent years toward a robust overhaul of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the country’s main foreign aid agency,” Inter Press Service…

U.N. Nutrition Report Calls For Increased Action To Address Stunting In Children

“A United Nations nutrition report [.pdf] released [Monday] shows that progress has been made in recent years in addressing stunting in children, and calls for increased efforts to accelerate a response to a condition that affects some 165 million children across the world,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The UNICEF…

Foreign Aid Reform Increases Efficiency, Should Appeal To All Members Of Congress

“Since the Eisenhower administration, the United States generally has done food aid in a certain way: grow and pack it in this country, ship it across the world on U.S.-flagged ships, then deliver it through American charities, which sell a portion of the food to fund their other programs,” columnist…

Mozambique Launches New Alliance For Food Security And Nutrition

Paul Weisenfeld, assistant to the administrator at USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, writes in the Feed the Future blog about the recent “official launch of Mozambique’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Maputo.” He says, “While the country’s poverty and undernutrition rates remain high, Mozambique has the potential to grow…

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