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U.S. Support For Global Nutrition At Nutrition For Growth Summit

“As the head of USAID — and as a parent of young children — I am privileged to show the United States’ support for global nutrition at the Nutrition for Growth event,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. “On June 8, I was pleased to…

Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding Nutrition For Growth, G8 Meetings

On June 8, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron co-hosted the Nutrition for Growth summit in London, ahead of hosting the G8 meeting later in the month. The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding the summits and the global campaign against hunger. Kirtana Chandrasekaran and Nnimmo Bassey, The Guardian’s Poverty Matters…

Major Rally To Be Held In London’s Hyde Park Ahead Of Nutrition Summit

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graça Machel, will speak at a major rally in [London’s] Hyde Park this weekend as part of a campaign to end child malnutrition,” The Guardian reports. “The Hyde Park…

WHO Issues Guidance On Obesity, Undernutrition In Developing Countries

“The United Nations health agency has issued new guidance to help low- and middle-income countries tackle the emerging double threat of childhood obesity and undernutrition, and halt the growing burden of associated diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “According to the [WHO], more…

Opinion Pieces Address Malnutrition Ahead Of Nutrition For Growth Summit

The following is a summary of opinion pieces addressing the issue of malnutrition ahead of the Nutrition for Growth summit to take place in London on Saturday. Lucy Martinez Sullivan, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “In just a few days, on June 8th, the governments of the U.K. and Brazil together…

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Schedules Food Aid Reform Hearing

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, “has scheduled a hearing on reforming food aid next week, setting up a bitter fight with farm state lawmakers,” The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog reports. Last month, Royce and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced legislation (.pdf) that would…

More Flexibility Needed In U.S. Food Aid System

“While far more aid is still needed in Syria and [for] the refugees in neighboring countries, the U.S. government has been able to pursue a flexible approach in the country that better responds to needs on the ground,” Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, and Raymond Offenheiser, president…

‘Seize The Opportunity’ Of Nutrition Summit

“Over the last 50 years, the global community has made amazing progress reducing poverty, extreme hunger, and disease,” Gary Darmstadt, head of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Family Health Division, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “Yet, new research published this week in the respected medical journal, The…

House Panel Rejects Changes To Food Aid Program Proposed By Obama Administration

“The House of Representatives panel in charge of agricultural funding rejected on Wednesday the Obama administration’s request for a sweeping change to food aid programs that have been in place since the Cold War,” Reuters reports. “It was the second defeat in three days for the White House budget proposal…

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