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U.S. Government, World Bank Mark World Food Day, Discuss Food Security Issues

The following posts from the U.S. government and the World Bank mark World Food Day and address issues related to global food security. U.S. Department of State: World Food Day The U.S. Department of State posted a statement from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry marking World Food Day (10/16).…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Food Security, Hunger

The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding food security in recognition of World Food Day on October 16. Devex: 5 things we can do to better ensure food security Dyno Keatinge, director general of AVRDC, the World Vegetable Center, and chair of the Association of International Research and Development Centers…

Ebola Epidemic Could Cause Food Crisis In West Africa, Experts Warn

News outlets report on the impact of the Ebola epidemic on food security in West Africa. Associated Press: Ebola escalation could trigger major food crisis “The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months, and the…

World Food Day Focuses On Family Farming

Inter Press Service: Family Farming — A Way of Life “It does not make the headlines, but 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and family farming will be center stage at this year’s World Food Day on Oct. 16 at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the…

Climate Change Will Negatively Impact Food Security In Africa, Report Says

Inter Press Service: Measuring How Climate Change Affects Africa’s Food Security “…Experts from around the world are certain that climate change is playing a major role in the difficulties … hundreds of thousands of other farmers are experiencing on the continent. According to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental…

Deutsche Welle Examines Malnutrition, Family Planning In Niger

Deutsche Welle: Niger’s malnourished children “In Niger, children with dusty blond hair are ubiquitous: It’s a sure sign of widespread malnourishment. Resources are scarce, while fertility rates are soaring. Yet family planning is an uphill struggle…” (Conrad, 10/15).

Opinion Pieces Discuss Food Security, Recognize World Food Day

The following opinions discuss various aspects of food security and recognize World Food Day, marked on October 16. CNN: Can we feed everyone? Evan Fraser, a Canada research chair at the University of Guelph, a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, and a fellow of the Pierre Elliot…

USDA Blog Post Discusses International Food Security Assessment Findings

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “USDA Blog”: International Food Security: A Look at the Next Decade Stacey Rosen and Birgit Meade of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) discuss the International Food Security Assessment, released in June by ERS, which provides 10-year food security projections in low- and middle-income countries (10/14).

U.N. Considering New Entity To Tackle Global Nutrition Challenges, Devex Reports

Devex: A new U.N. body to combat global malnutrition? “The United Nations is considering setting up a new body to address global malnutrition as early as next month, Devex has learned. Tentatively called ‘U.N. Nutrition,’ the new entity will be headed by UNICEF and the World Food Programme, according to…

WFP Cuts Food Rations For Up To 1M Afghans Due To Lack Of Funding

Reuters: U.N. agency to cut food rations for 1 million Afghans over funding “Funding shortfalls have forced the World Food Programme to cut rations for up to one million people in Afghanistan, a WFP official said, an early sign that aid money may dwindle as the international combat mission winds…