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FAO Urges Developing Countries To Stop Distribution, Use Of Toxic Pesticides

“The tragic incident in India in which nearly two dozen children died after eating a contaminated school meal is a stark reminder that highly hazardous pesticides should be phased out in developing countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said” Tuesday, the U.N. News Centre reports. “In a…

Feed The Future To Focus On Innovation, Women, IPS Reports

“In the face of global climate change and currency devaluation, improved strategies are being used to combat high international poverty and malnutrition rates, and to increase global food security,” Inter Press Service reports, noting the launch last week of two new Feed the Future innovation labs. The news service highlights…

India Continues To Use Dangerous Pesticides Banned In Most Countries

“Nearly a decade ago, the Indian government ruled out a ban on the production and use of monocrotophos, the highly toxic pesticide that killed 23 children this month in a village school providing free lunches under a government-sponsored program,” Reuters reports. “Although the government argues the benefits of strong pesticides…

Food Aid Being Used As Weapon In Syria, NPR Reports

NPR’s “Morning Edition” examines how food aid is being used in Syria “as a weapon to control the population in both government and rebel territory.” “The civil war in Syria has left millions of people dependent on food aid,” but “delivering that aid to rebel-held areas is an enormous challenge,”…

Empowering Women, Girls Is Most Effective Strategy To Fight Global Hunger, Report Says

“Focusing the lens of social and economic development on women and girls is the most inexpensive and effective tool in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, says a new study [.pdf] on gender and food security in the Asia Pacific region,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Women’s education alone resulted in…

Global Food Security Act Would Create White House Coordinator For Food Position

“The Global Food Security Act (HR 2822), introduced Thursday by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), would appoint a White House Coordinator for Food, Nutrition, and Agricultural Development. It’s a ‘food ambassador’ of sorts,” author William Lambers writes in an opinion piece in The Hill’s “Congress Blog.” He continues, “It will be…

Cameroon Facing High Rates Of Malnutrition Among Children

“Prolonged drought in northern Cameroon, an aspect of the changing climate that is affecting the whole Sahel region, has reduced food output, pushed up prices and increased the severity and prevalence of malnutrition among children, experts say,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “An estimated 330,600 children under five are at risk…

USAID Announces 2 New Feed The Future Innovation Labs

“[A]t the U.S. launch of the Feed the Future 2013 Progress Report [on Thursday], [USAID] Administrator Rajiv Shah announced two new Feed the Future Innovation Labs to improve climate resilience in some of Africa’s main cereal crops and increase private sector investment that can help smallholder farmers,” a USAID press…

IRIN Examines Future Of Global Food Aid

“By the end of the next decade food security could deteriorate in some of the world’s poorest countries, according to a recent global forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA),” IRIN reports. “In the past decade global food aid, including the amount making its way to sub-Saharan Africa” –…

USAID Blog Interviews Feed The Future’s Deputy Coordinator For Development

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as part of the blog’s “Behind the Scenes” interview series, Tjada McKenna, deputy coordinator for development with Feed the Future, examines the issue of global hunger and discusses the program’s progress. According to the blog, McKenna gives a brief history of Feed the…

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