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FAO To Test New Food Security Measurement Tool

“The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is about to start testing a new way of measuring food security, which it hopes will provide a more timely and precise picture of hunger around the world,” AlertNet reports. “In collaboration with the polling firm Gallup, the FAO plans to collect information on the extent and…

Global Food Prices Held Steady In February, FAO Food Index Shows

“Global food prices held steady in February as falling wheat prices offset higher oils and dairy prices, the United Nations’ food agency said on Thursday, forecasting increased wheat output in 2013,” Reuters reports, noting, “The FAO Food Price Index, which measures monthly price changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat…

Obama Administration Could Revolutionize Aid, Save Billions With Food Aid Reform

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, John Norris, executive director of the Sustainable Security program at the Center for American Progress, examines how “[t]he Obama administration could revolutionize aid and save billions … with fairly minor changes to how we deliver food assistance abroad.” He states, “For all its good deeds,…

Reform In Food Aid Distribution Could Lead To More Lives Saved, Study Suggests

“International development agencies may be able to save the lives of a greater number of undernourished children by changing how they allocate food aid in developing countries, suggests a study published [Monday] in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” SciDev.Net reports. “The findings are based on mathematical modeling using data from more…

Empowering Women Will Improve Food Security, U.N. Expert Says

“Governments must adopt food security strategies that empower women as this is an effective way to reduce hunger and malnutrition, a United Nations expert said” Monday, the U.N. News Centre reports. “‘Sharing power with women is a shortcut to reducing hunger and malnutrition, and is the single most effective step to realizing…

Speculation Continues Over Possible Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program

“The U.S. Food for Peace, a food aid program with an annual $2 billion price tag, is reportedly being considered to be replaced with a more direct cash donation system, angering [some] senators and grassroots organizations,” Devex’s “Pennsylvania Ave.” blog reports. “No official announcement has come out yet, but at least 20…

U.N. Agencies Appeal For Additional Assistance For Food, Health And Education In Mali

“A top United Nations relief official who just returned from a trip to northern Mali said Tuesday that desperation, hunger and fear had pervaded the region in the year since Islamist militant extremists seized control, and that only $17 million of the organization’s appeal for $373 million in emergency aid…

Groups Expect White House To Propose New Global Food Aid Approach

“The White House may soon propose the biggest change in U.S. food aid since the programs were created during the Cold War — donating cash for hunger relief instead of shipping American-grown food thousands of miles to global trouble spots, say farm groups and charities,”Reuters reports. “Groups on both sides of…

Examining Potential Changes To U.S. Food Aid Programs

“There are rumors that U.S. food aid programs could see major changes in the next budget, including converting some of the Food for Peace program into straight cash grants instead of in-kind food assistance,” Roger Thurow, senior fellow of global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global…

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