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U.N. Launches Zero Hunger Challenge In Asia, Pacific

The U.N. on Monday in Bangkok “launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific, calling on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society and consumers to work together to end hunger in the region where the majority of the world’s undernourished people live,” Bernama reports (4/30). “First proposed at the U.N.…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Address Proposed Food Aid Reform

The following is a summary of an editorial and an opinion piece addressing proposed reform to the U.S. food aid program contained in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request. The Economist: “Since America began donating surplus wheat, corn meal, vegetable oil and other farm commodities to the world’s hungry six…

Concerns Rise Over Food Insecurity In Africa’s Sahel Region

“Despite early indications the Sahel would not suffer pangs of hunger this year, experts now worry that food insecurity could be worse than in 2012 — the year of the West Africa food crisis,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Ten million people in the Sahel remain food insecure, and 4.5 million…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Proposed Food Aid Reform

The following is a summary of an editorial, opinion pieces, and a blog post addressing proposed reform to the U.S. food aid program contained in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request. New York Times: “Since the mid-1950s, the United States has spent nearly $2 billion annually to feed the world’s…

Providing Commodities Not Always Best Solution In Food Security Crises

In a New York Times “Opinionator” piece, journalist Tina Rosenberg examines the Obama administration’s proposed changes to the U.S. food aid program, which would provide more flexibility to allow for cash purchases of food locally or from U.S. farmers, as well as end monetization. In addition, the proposal “is planning…

USAID Report Highlights Need For Better Water Management In Agriculture

“With its recently released Water and Development Strategy, USAID highlights some practical and potentially powerful initiatives both to improve health by expanding access to clean water and sanitation and to improve food security through better water management in agriculture,” Isobel Coleman, a senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy and director…

PBS NewsHour Examines Proposed Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program

PBS NewsHour on Wednesday aired two video reports examining proposed changes to the U.S. food aid program included in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request released this month. In a video analysis, correspondent Margaret Warner “reports on [the] new budget proposal that would redirect nearly half the money to buy…

U.S. Would Consider Request From North Korea For Food Aid, Envoy Says

“The United States would consider any new request from North Korea to resume food aid stalled since 2009, provided Pyongyang allowed U.S. staff inside the isolated country to monitor distribution,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Our policy in providing humanitarian assistance is based on conditions of need. … If there were a…

Blog Examines Connection Between Environment, Agriculture, Food Security

Monday’s “celebration of Earth Day is an opportunity to remind ourselves and our partners of the connection between our environment, agriculture, and food and nutrition security and how we can work together to end world hunger and undernutrition,” Jonathan Shrier, acting special representative for global food security and deputy coordinator…

Report Urges Targeted Investment For Childhood Micronutrient Supplementation

Noting “[t]his week leaders from around the world convened in Ireland for the Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice,” Kanika Bahl, a managing director at Results for Development Institute (R4D), writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “A new report from [R4D] calls on the global…

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