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Drought Threatens Maize Production, Food Security In Southern Africa, WFP Warns

Reuters: Drought-hit Southern Africa at risk of food shortage — WFP “Southern Africa faces possible food shortages over the next few months due to a severe drought in the ‘maize belt’ of South Africa, where a lack of rain had caused crop failure rates of over 50 percent, the World…

Global Food Security Act Links Chronic Hunger To National Security

The Hill: Senators: Global hunger a national security problem “A bipartisan pair of senators is pushing legislation aimed at combating chronic hunger around the world by linking the issue to national security. Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) have introduced the Global Food Security Act, which includes a…

Yemen Humanitarian Pause Allows WFP Aid Operations To Resume, U.N. Relief Coordinator Says

U.N. News Centre: Yemen humanitarian pause ‘a lifeline’ for civilians trapped by fighting — top U.N. relief official “The top United Nations relief official [Monday] welcomed the announcement of a humanitarian pause in Yemen, set to start [Tuesday], as aid operations resume in the embattled country following the arrival of…

U.N. Says Emergency Funding For Nepal Slow To Arrive Nearly 2 Weeks After Earthquake; Humanitarian Aid Distribution, Vaccination, Continue

Agence France-Presse: Health workers race to prevent Nepal measles outbreak “Health workers are rushing to vaccinate more than half a million children in Nepal as fears grow that last month’s massive earthquake has made youngsters more susceptible to disease…” (5/6). IRIN: Are mothers and children missing out on Nepal aid?…

U.S. Senate Prepares To Debate Food Aid Bills

Devex: Food aid showdown in U.S. Congress “The Global Food Security Act of 2015 is looking for another shot in the U.S. Senate, but some insiders have speculated the bill could get tangled with efforts to reform other long-embattled U.S. policies around food aid…” (Luke, 5/7).

Blog Post Explores Private Entrepreneurship In Agriculture, Nutrition Innovation

Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food For Thought”: Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Accelerating Nutrition This blog post, one in a series based on the findings of the Chicago Council’s “Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition” report released in April,…

Forests Play Complementary Role In Global Food Security, Nutrition, Report Says

News outlets discuss a report highlighting the importance of forests in global food security and nutrition. BBC News: Forests are ‘key feature’ of food security landscape “Forests can play a vital role in supplementing global food and nutrition security but this role is currently being overlooked, a report suggests. The…