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Congressional Conference Committee Begins Debate On Food Aid Reform In Farm Bill

“The Farm Bill Conference meeting kicked off Wednesday with a strong statement from Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, calling for ‘common sense’ reforms to the U.S. international food aid program Food for Peace,” Devex reports. Royce “called on Congress to require that development groups…

Reform To U.S. International Food Aid Program Likely With Growing Bipartisan Support

“I remain hopeful about nurturing at least a few seeds of bipartisanship this week as representatives from the House and Senate begin to negotiate a new farm bill,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, writes in a Politico opinion piece. “What brings us…

Leaked Panel Report On Climate Change Warns Of Risks To Global Food Supply

“Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar, scientists have found,” the New York Times reports. “The warnings come in a leaked draft of…

Good Governance Africa Publishes Several Stories About Health In Africa

Good Governance Africa last week published several stories relating to health in Africa (11/1). Among others, the stories include an article examining the dangers of vaccine defiance (Vegter, 11/1). The publication also includes a “review of Africa’s progress in reducing deaths from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses, malaria and tuberculosis” (Nkomo, 11/1). A third…

U.N.-Sponsored Meetings Address Food Security, Nutrition In Africa

“Strengthening ecosystems is key to helping local farmers in Africa adapt to climate change and ensuring that they produce enough food to meet people’s nutritional needs, participants decided at the end of an international United Nations-organized conference in Kenya,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The conference, convened [in Nairobi] by…

India’s Lower House Of Parliament Passes Food Security Bill

The Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of parliament, “has passed a flagship $22 billion program to provide subsidized food to the poor,” Al Jazeera reports, noting the bill “will entitle 67 percent of Indians to highly subsidized food” (8/26). “Congress President Sonia Gandhi [on Monday] asked all political parties to…

Debate Continues Over Causes Of, Solutions To Malnutrition In India

Noting “India’s lower house of parliament Monday approved an ambitious proposal to address child malnutrition that would provide food at a subsidized rate to nearly two-thirds of the country’s 1.2 billion people,” GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines an ongoing “debate about the causes of India’s high malnutrition rate.” The blog reviews…

IRIN Examines Malnutrition in Laos

“Economic growth in Laos is propelling the country towards achieving middle income status by 2020, yet chronic malnutrition among children under five years old remains a pervasive challenge, experts say,” IRIN reports. “Steady economic growth over the past decade — eight percent in 2012 — has contributed to a drop…

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