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Speculation Continues Over Possible Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program

“The U.S. Food for Peace, a food aid program with an annual $2 billion price tag, is reportedly being considered to be replaced with a more direct cash donation system, angering [some] senators and grassroots organizations,” Devex’s “Pennsylvania Ave.” blog reports. “No official announcement has come out yet, but at least 20…

U.N. Agencies Appeal For Additional Assistance For Food, Health And Education In Mali

“A top United Nations relief official who just returned from a trip to northern Mali said Tuesday that desperation, hunger and fear had pervaded the region in the year since Islamist militant extremists seized control, and that only $17 million of the organization’s appeal for $373 million in emergency aid…

Groups Expect White House To Propose New Global Food Aid Approach

“The White House may soon propose the biggest change in U.S. food aid since the programs were created during the Cold War — donating cash for hunger relief instead of shipping American-grown food thousands of miles to global trouble spots, say farm groups and charities,”Reuters reports. “Groups on both sides of…

Examining Potential Changes To U.S. Food Aid Programs

“There are rumors that U.S. food aid programs could see major changes in the next budget, including converting some of the Food for Peace program into straight cash grants instead of in-kind food assistance,” Roger Thurow, senior fellow of global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global…

Humanitarian Groups Warn Of Food Shortages, Lack Of Health Care And Education Services In CAR

“Humanitarian agencies are warning of a looming food crisis in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), a result of the insecurity that has displaced thousands of people and disrupted cultivation and trade,” IRIN reports. “Food prices are increasing, according to the findings of a recent assessment by [the World Food Programme…

How Feed The Future Initiative Is Working To End Extreme Poverty

“In his State of the Union address [last] week, President Obama laid out a challenge for our generation to eradicate the scourge of extreme poverty,” Lona Stoll, acting deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, and Jonathan Shrier, acting special representative for global food security for Feed the Future, write in…

U.N. Joint Meeting Addresses Issues Surrounding Food Security

“Scaling up the global response to food security and nutrition topped the agenda [Thursday] at a special joint meeting between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the General Assembly, world experts and the U.N. food agencies aimed at identifying steps to build a future free of hunger,” the U.N.…

WFP To Feed 1.6M People In Somalia This Year, Agency Reports

“The World Food Programme (WFP) reports it plans to feed 1.6 million people in Somalia this year, including more than one million people who are in a state of crisis” because of an ongoing insurgency by the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, VOA News writes. WFP “reports the situation in Somalia is somewhat…

Trust In Markets Essential To Creating More Food-Secure World

“Far too often we are seeing national governments overreact [to market fluctuations] to the extent that they are making pledges about and taking measures toward food self-sufficiency,” Emery Koenig, executive vice president and chief risk officer of Cargill, writes in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food For Thought”…

Canada Signs Food Assistance Convention

“Canada is one of six countries to sign the new Food Assistance Convention [.pdf], an international treaty in which each country promises to provide at least $250 million a year to help developing countries,” the Canadian Press/Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog reports, noting, “Julian Fantino, minister of international cooperation, made the announcement Tuesday while speaking…

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