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El Nino Weather Pattern May Increase Vector-Borne Diseases, Threaten Food Security

News outlets report on the threat of the El Nino weather pattern, which may increase vector-borne diseases and impact food security in Asia. Bernama: El Nino May Increase Risk Of Dengue, Malaria — Health Minister “The El Nino phenomenon, expected to hit the country from June to December this year,…

U.N. SG Urges Aid Delivery In Syria Without Government Consent; Challenges Persist

News outlets discuss a new report from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging humanitarian aid delivery in Syria without the government’s consent, as well as challenges to delivering such aid. Al Jazeera: Measles and malnourishment: Syria is getting worse, not better “Three months after the United Nations Security Council managed the…

Funding, Political Resolution Critical To Addressing Cholera, Hunger In S. Sudan

New York Times: South Sudan’s Plight Andrea Tamburini, director of operations at Action Against Hunger In a letter to the editor, Tamburini notes a cholera outbreak and increasing food insecurity in South Sudan, stating, “…Emergency teams must swiftly address cases of cholera and prevent its fatal spread. Nutrition teams must…

Blogs Highlight Connections Between Climate Change, Sustainable Development

Blog posts address the connection between climate change and sustainable development, including health and food security. Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food for Thought”: Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate “The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released a report (.pdf) urging the U.S. government…

South Sudan On Course Toward ‘Hunger Catastrophe,’ Aid Agencies Warn

The Guardian: South Sudan food security crisis could spiral into famine, agencies warn “The conflict in South Sudan has set the country on course towards a ‘hunger catastrophe,’ with almost four million people already in dire need of food and humanitarian assistance, and aid agencies warning of a possible famine…

WFP Expects To Feed 6.5M Ethiopians In 2014

Reuters: U.N. expecting to feed 6.5 million Ethiopians this year “The World Food Programme will help to feed nearly 6.5 million Ethiopians this year, the U.N. agency said on Tuesday, with the country hit by locusts, neighboring war, and sparse rainfall…” (Miles, 5/13).

U.N. Global Compact Publishes Food, Agriculture Business Principles

Eco-Business.com: U.N. Global Compact launches six principles for sustainable food industry “The U.N. Global Compact on Tuesday unveiled a set of six Food and Agriculture Business (FAB) principles that will help food and agriculture businesses to operate in a more sustainable manner, embark on cross-sector collaborations, and develop more consistent…

Cooperative Investment In Agriculture, Nutrition Will Improve Food Security

Devex: How to deliver on ‘Africa’s promise’ Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition “…Smart investments to leverage the agricultural system for nutrition make good business sense. A joined-up approach to business investment in agriculture and nutrition will simultaneously improve diets and food security, and…

Zimbabwe Threatens To Deny Food Aid To 20,000 Displaced, Says HRW

News outlets report on Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) assertion that 20,000 displaced people in Zimbabwe risk being denied food aid by the country’s government. StarAfrica: Zimbabwe threatens to withdraw food aid to flood victims — HRW “Human Rights Watch has accused the Zimbabwean government of threatening to deny food aid…

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