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Blogs Discuss U.S. Efforts To Improve Food Security, Nutrition In Africa

The U.S. government recently published several blog posts related to food security and nutrition, highlighting President Obama’s trip to Africa. The following is a summary of those posts. Linda Etim, USAID’s IMPACTblog: Etim, deputy assistant administrator for Africa, highlights Obama’s trip to Africa and USAID’s work on the continent, writing…

President Obama Highlights U.S., Private Sector Funding For Food Security Efforts In Senegal

“President Barack Obama highlighted U.S. and private-sector financial commitments for food security efforts at a summit [on Friday] in Senegal as he wrapped up the first stop of a three-country tour of sub-Saharan Africa,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports. According to announcements made on Friday, “[t]he U.S. will increase by $47 million…

Working Together To Improve Nutrition Worldwide

“In a short period of time, [the global health community has] succeeded in creating a new nutrition paradigm. Now it is time to translate this new approach into measurable successes in reducing malnutrition and its lifelong consequences,” Ellen Piwoz, lead for the nutrition team in the family health division of…

Four Steps Congress Can Take To Reform U.S. Food Aid Program

“It is time to come together to support a package of reforms [to the U.S. food aid program] that will work on the ground and ensure a strong constituency for American food assistance,” George Guimaraes, president and CEO of PCI; Crispian Kirk, president and CEO of OIC International; and Ellen…

Devex Examines Efforts To Reform U.S. Food Aid Program

“President Barack Obama’s sweeping overhaul of U.S. food aid may seem doomed as Congress chips away at his proposal in the coming days … [b]ut behind the scenes, advocates are setting the stage for incremental reform that would have seemed unlikely even several months ago,” Devex reports. The news service…

Hidden Hunger Index Aims To Raise Awareness Of Micronutrient Deficiencies

Development blogger Tom Murphy reports in Humanosphere about a recent report looking at malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. “Researchers collected data on micronutrient deficiencies in young children to map areas where the problem is concentrated,” and they developed the Hidden Hunger Index, published recently in PLOS One, he notes. Klaus Kraemer,…

For India’s Hungry To Benefit From Food Security Bill, Government Must Approach Issue With ‘Genuine Seriousness’

Writing in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” economist Jayati Ghosh, the executive secretary of International Development Economics Associates (Ideas), examines the issue of food security in India, highlighting a national food bill currently up for debate in the country’s parliament. In its current form, the “final bill (.pdf) is a pale…

WFP Head Says Funding Short For Food Emergencies In Pakistan, North Korea

“Hunger in Pakistan is at emergency levels after years of conflict and floods, but funding has dwindled as new crises such as Syria grab donors’ attention, the United Nations food aid chief said on Sunday,” Reuters reports. “[A]bout half of Pakistan’s population still does not have secure access to enough…

Pope Decries World Hunger As ‘Scandalous,’ Urges Countries To Work Together

“Decrying starvation in a world of plenty as ‘scandalous,’ Pope Francis was joined today by the head of the United Nations Rome based-agricultural agency in urging countries to work together to eliminate hunger and poverty,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “‘It is a well-known fact that current levels of production…

Reports Highlight Economic Impact Of Child Malnutrition In Uganda, Egypt

“Uganda loses about $899 million a year due to effects of malnutrition such as lost productivity, according to a report,” titled “The Cost of Hunger in Africa,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Ruitenberg, 6/18). “The study was conducted by the Government of Uganda with the support of the African Union Commission including…

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