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Debate About Food Aid Reform Missing Long-Term Focus

“There’s been a lot of debate recently in the U.S. about food aid reform, especially since [the Obama administration] proposed a shift toward more cash programs and increased local and regional purchase of food aid,” Paul Guenette, senior vice president at ACDI/VOCA, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network”…

BBC Radio Show Examines Child Undernutrition

BBC World Service’s “More Or Less” radio show “examines the claim that every 15 seconds a child dies of hunger,” which “is a popular statistic used by celebrities and charity campaigners in support of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.” However, the show summary states, “According to the experts…

Opinion Pieces Address Issue Of Malnutrition At G8 Summit

The following is a summary of opinion pieces addressing the issue of malnutrition at the G8 summit that took place in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, on Monday and Tuesday. Jamie Cooper-Hohn and Jim O’Neill, Globe and Mail: “One item hidden away on paragraph 55 of the joint communique is undernutrition,…

Senate Subcommittee Approves Agriculture Draft Spending Bill Without Food Aid Reform Changes

On Tuesday, “[t]he Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved, without objection, a [$20.9 billion draft spending] bill that would increase funding for the Agriculture Department, the Food and Drug Administration and related programs by $420 million more than the fiscal 2013-enacted level, not including cuts triggered by sequestration,” CQ Roll Call…

Opinion Piece, Editorial Address Efforts To Reform U.S. Food Aid Program

The following opinion piece and editorial address the Obama administration’s proposal to reform the Food for Peace program, as well as congressional debate over the proposed changes. Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), The Hill: “Regrettably, the Food for Peace program, which has its roots in the Eisenhower…

House Rejects Amendment To Farm Bill That Would Have Allowed U.S. Food Aid Reform

“Members of the House on Wednesday voted down a proposal to radically reform U.S. food aid by allowing aid recipients to buy non-U.S. farm commodities,” The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog reports. The House rejected the Farm Bill amendment, proposed by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Rep.…

U.S. Food Aid Reform Critical To Keep Program Efficient, Effective

“There has never been a greater need for a comprehensive and sustainable approach to tackling hunger and malnutrition. And in a tough budget climate, we must maximize the effect of our aid dollars. Impact is about efficiency, effectiveness and commitment,” Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, writes in…

India’s National Food Security Bill Will Not Promote Nutrition

“After decades of sponsoring an ineffective child nutrition program, [India's] Union government is on the verge of launching a National Food Security Bill (NFSB), which undermines India’s fight against malnutrition,” a LiveMint editorial states. “Despite giant strides in reducing both hunger and poverty over the past two decades, India has…