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Blog Features Video Of CSIS Panel On Global Food Security

“Global Food For Thought,” the blog of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Agricultural Development Initiative, features a video of a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) panel on global food security. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) gave the keynote address, which was followed by a discussion with…

Modest Reforms Of U.S. Farm Bill Provide Some Flexibilities For Food Aid

IRIN: New U.S. Farm Bill provides hope for food aid reform “Efforts to improve the way the U.S. government distributes roughly U.S.$2 billion in international food aid each year achieved some successes in the recently enacted Agriculture Act of 2014 — commonly referred to as the Farm Bill — but…

Multi-Sector Partnerships Essential To Address Nutrition, Hunger In Development Goals

Huffington Post: Partnerships Are Essential to Addressing Nutrition and Post-2015 Development Goals Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition “…[P]artnerships are essential in mobilizing support and investment to address malnutrition globally, and it is critical that the new sustainable development goals reflect this priority. ……

Blog Examines Reaction To Changes In U.S. Food Aid Policy

A post on the SOS Children’s Villages blog examines recent changes to U.S. food aid policy, noting, “Reforms to farming policy in the USA could have a major positive impact on how the country provides food aid to countries in crisis.” The blog includes reaction from several key players in…

Continued Violence In S. Sudan Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis, Food Insecurity

News sources report on continuing violence and the resulting humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: Gunmen storm S. Sudan U.N. base, wound dozens of civilians “Gunmen stormed a U.N. base in South Sudan Thursday, wounding dozens of civilians from a rival tribe in an ‘unprovoked’ attack before peacekeepers fought…

U.N. Documents Show Syrian President’s Efforts To Cut Off Food Supplies To Rebel-Held Areas

Foreign Policy: Exclusive: U.N. Docs Expose Assad’s Starvation Campaign in Syria “Internal United Nations documents show modest improvements in the delivery of desperately needed food inside rebel-controlled areas of Syria. But the documents also point to a mass exodus of Syrians into areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad in part…

USAID Adviser Says Food Shortages Could Be Threat By 2050

Science 2.0 speaks to Fred Davies, senior science adviser for USAID’s Bureau of Food Security, about the threat of global food shortages in the coming years. According to Davies, “Food issues could become as politically destabilizing by 2050 as energy issues are today. … [R]esource limitations will constrain global food…

Pope Calls For End To War, Waste Contributing To Hunger In Easter Address

Reuters: On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger “Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the ‘immense wastefulness’ in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and Africa…” (Pullella, 4/20).

More Data Needed On Food Prices, Number Of Hungry Worldwide

Bloomberg Businessweek: Have Higher Food Prices Actually Helped the World’s Poor? Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…For the last six years, many politicians, global leaders, analysts, and commentators (including me) have argued that higher food prices would push people worldwide into hunger and poverty. ……

WFP Distributes Most Of Its Food Aid In Government-Controlled Areas Of Syria

Los Angeles Times: In Syria, U.N. agency distributes most food in government-held areas “The World Food Program gives out most of its food aid to Syria in government-held areas, with only a quarter of the distributions occurring in rebel-controlled territory, according to latest figures from the U.N. agency…” (Abdulrahim, 4/22).