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NPR Examines Debate Over Rumors Of Changes To U.S. Food Aid Operations

“[R]umors … that the White House is planning major changes in the way that the U.S. donates food to fight hunger in some of the world’s poorest countries” have “set off an emotional debate” in Washington, D.C., NPR’s “Morning Edition” reports. “America’s policies on food aid are singularly generous — and…

More Flexible Food Aid Plan Would Allow Better Use Of Taxpayer Dollars

“When it comes to providing hunger relief to needy people around the world, the United States has been a leader since World War II. And if early reports about the Obama administration’s 2014 budget are true, then the U.S. will have a golden opportunity to provide even more food to…

Policymakers Should Help Improve Food Security In Urban Areas, Report Says

“Tackling hunger is not only a question of producing more food in rural areas, but requires looking at why poor urban populations struggle to eat enough — a problem aggravated by climate change, a report from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said on Thursday,” AlertNet reports. “Cecilia Tacoli, the…

Global Consortium Aims To Use Surplus Food To Tackle Hunger In Developing World

“A consortium of donors, NGOs, supermarkets and agro-businesses are working on plans to [send] surplus food, currently wasted in industrialized countries, to the developing world to tackle hunger,” Owen Barder, senior fellow and director for Europe at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the center’s “Global Development: Views…

WFP Director Says Food Security Crisis In Sahel Is Not Over

The World Food Programme (WFP) “is helping feed more than 10 million people in eight countries” in the Sahel, but WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin “stressed the crisis was not over,” AlertNet reports. Conflict in Mali “has forced around 340,000 people to flee their homes, compounding a hunger crisis in Mali and neighboring countries…

Investment In Women’s Health Important For Global Development

“Throughout my tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives and on the Committee on Appropriations, I have had the opportunity to help shape U.S. development assistance. And I am proud of the United States’ leadership in providing support and funding for critical global health initiatives that both save lives and…

New Report From ONE Reviews Agricultural Development In Africa Over Past Decade

“In a report launched [on Tuesday] — a valuable yardstick called, ‘A Growing Opportunity: Measuring Investments in African Agriculture’ — ONE reviews the past decade and finds some notable successes in terms of mustering money and political commitment, and the impact of agricultural development,” Roger Thurow, senior fellow on global…

International Community Observes World Water Day

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Thursday “launched a call for urgent action to end the crisis of 2.5 billion people without basic sanitation, and to change a situation in which more people worldwide have mobile phones than toilets,” the U.N. News Centre reports (3/21). Noting “[t]he move is part…

Blog Examines Survival Of Feed The Future Initiative Under Sequestration

“While the [Feed the Future] program took a few years to get off the ground, and is probably not all that well known to the public, it is a favorite of USAID Administrator Raj Shah — and also a go-to program budget hawks now want to cut back,” development blogger…

India’s Federal Cabinet Approves Food Security Bill; Parliament To Debate Proposal

“India approved changes to a bill that grants the nation’s poor the right to buy food grains at subsidized rates, meeting a pledge by the ruling Congress party to spread the benefits of growth before elections due next year,” Bloomberg reports (Parija/Mishra, 3/20). “India’s federal cabinet Tuesday cleared [the] ambitious food-security bill…

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