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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…

Failed Food Aid Reform Amendment To House Farm Bill ‘A Moral Outrage’

Noting the House this week voted down an amendment to the Farm Bill that would have allowed up to 45 percent of funds in the Food for Peace program to be used for aid other than U.S. commodities, development blogger Ansel Herz writes in Humanosphere, “Congress has again preserved American…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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