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Indian Government To Launch Food Security Program Before Parliament’s Approval

The Indian government plans to launch a food security program that would provide subsidized food to two-thirds of its population, “even though the controversial Food Security Bill which maps out this welfare scheme is yet to be approved by parliament,” BBC News reports. “Critics say the scheme is a political…

U.N. Appeals For Humanitarian Aid To Assist North Korea With Food, Health Care, Sanitation

“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon … on Thursday [welcomed an appeal] for funding to urgently provide food, health care and sanitation to millions of North Koreans, stressing that donors should not be deterred by the reclusive state’s nuclear ambitions,” Reuters reports (Nichols, 8/15). The U.N. “said $98 million is urgently needed…

To Address Malnutrition, Improve Global Access To Clean Water, Sanitation

“There have been so many attempts to fix the water quality crisis, the public seems to have grown tired of it, and its impacts — especially malnutrition — have been swept under the proverbial rug,” Amanda Sperber, a communications fellow at mWater, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Water” blog. “This…

World Vision Publishes Background Paper On Food Aid

On Thursday, World Vision published a background paper on food aid and development assistance, which “are key tools to fight hunger and the food insecurity that causes chronic or emergency shortages of nutrition around the world,” the paper states. The background paper examines factors contributing to rising food prices, the…

Examining Impact Of ‘Feed The Future’ Program In Cambodia

“Working with USAID over the past three years, I have had the opportunity to see tremendous growth and change in many countries, and that impact has been particularly felt in Cambodia as part of Feed the Future,” Greg Beck, USAID’s deputy assistant administrator for Asia, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.”…

FAO Food Price Index At Lowest Level Since June 2012

“Global food prices declined for the third consecutive month, largely driven by lower international prices for grains, soy and palm oil, while sugar, meat and dairy prices were also down, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported” on Thursday, the U.N. News Centre reports (8/8). The FAO “price…

WFP Begins Distribution Of Maize To North Korea Flood Victims

“The U.N.’s World Food Programme [WFP] said on Tuesday it had begun distributing 460 tons of maize to victims of major floods in North Korea that have killed more than 30 people,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The aid is aimed at addressing the ‘immediate food needs’ of around 38,000 people living…

BBC News Magazine Examines Proposed U.S. Food Aid Reform

The BBC News magazine on Monday examined the debate over proposed food aid reforms in the U.S. “President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposed to change the law so that [up to] 45 percent of food for aid could be bought outside the U.S., or the hungry could be given cash…

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