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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…

Emphasis on ‘How’ Missing From ‘IF Campaign’ Against Global Hunger

The “Enough Food for Everyone If” campaign (IF campaign), “supported by a coalition of more than 100 development organizations, has identified four priorities on aid, land, tax avoidance and market transparency,” Zahid Torres-Rahman, founder of Business Fights Poverty, writes in the Guardian Sustainable Business blog. “Of course the issues are hugely important,…

WFP Resumes Food Aid Delivery In Northern Mali Amid NGO Warnings Of Increasing Need

“Communities in northern Mali are in need of humanitarian intervention following the recent military operations in Gao and Timbuktu, leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to call for deliveries of food aid, fuel and even currency notes,” Inter Press Service reports (Haddad, 2/5). On Tuesday, U.N. World Food Programme spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said the…

Blog Examines U.S. Commitment To Ending Global Hunger

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a champion of the fight to end global hunger and undernutrition, making the case for increased investments in food security and nutrition to help move people out of poverty, create stronger communities, and build a more stable world,” Jonathan Shrier, acting special…

WFP Spokesperson Defends Agency’s Supply Of Food Aid To Syrian Opposition Areas

In a Google+ online discussion on Friday, World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Abeer Etefa “downplayed recent reports that not enough of [the agency’s] Syrian food aid is going to people in opposition areas,” GlobalPost reports. “The panel discussion comes as new figures from the United Nations show that the WFP has only been able to…

Two New Studies Examine Causes, Treatment Of Severe Malnutrition

“Two studies of malnourished children offer the first major new scientific findings in a decade about the causes and treatment of severe malnutrition, which affects more than 20 million children around the world and contributes to the deaths of more than a million a year,” the New York Times reports.…

WHO Issues New Guidance On Sodium Intake

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has for the first time recommended limits on children’s daily consumption of sodium which it hoped would help in the global fight against diet-related diseases becoming chronic among all populations,” Reuters reports, adding, “The guidelines vary depending on the child’s size, age and energy needs,…

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