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Afghanistan Faces Increasing Hunger Among Children, Aims To Boost Food Security

News outlets examine hunger and food insecurity in Afghanistan. New York Times: Afghanistan’s Worsening, and Baffling, Hunger Crisis “Afghan hospitals like Bost, in the capital of war-torn Helmand Province, have been registering significant increases in severe malnutrition among children. … Reasons for the increase remain uncertain, or in dispute. Most…

U.N. Voices Concern Over Recent Violence In Central African Republic

News outlets examine the U.N.’s call to action against the deteriorating humanitarian and social conditions in Central African Republic. New York Times: U.N. Says Aid Crisis Worsens in Central African Republic “The number of people displaced by fighting between Muslim and Christian militias and vigilantes in the Central African Republic…

U.S. Ambassador To U.N. Agencies In Rome Discusses Hunger, Food Security In Cambodia

David Lane, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, Italy, writes in the U.S. State Department’s DipNote blog about a recent trip to Cambodia, where his delegation examined food security and hunger. “Those of us who cheer the major strides forward in agricultural productivity, and the increasing awareness…

Food And Nutrition Security Should Be ‘Major Component’ Of Post-2015 Development Goals

Josh Lozman, deputy director of program advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[F]ood and nutrition security should be a major component of the post-2015 framework, either as its own goal, or at least with key targets on sustainable agricultural productivity, efforts…

Continued Violence in South Sudan Proves Challenging For Aid Organizations

News outlets examine the continuing violence and deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan. Relief organizations struggle to provide assistance to the thousands of displaced people with no access to clean water, food and shelter. U.N. News Centre: South Sudan: U.N. ramps up aid efforts, urges conflict parties to ensure humanitarian…

Obesity Levels Rise In Developing World, Report Says

News outlets examine the recently released Overseas Development Institute (ODI) report on rising obesity levels in the developing world. The report urges governments to take action. BBC News: Obesity quadruples to nearly one billion in developing world “The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost…

Peru Poised To Pass Food Security Law

“…Peru’s proposed food security law, which has been under discussion for nearly two years, will take action to address this problem. The bill is the result of a consensus among different political parties, and last year was passed unanimously by two Congressional committees. It was brought to the plenary just…

Half Of CAR’s Population Left Homeless, In Need Of Aid

News outlets report on the continuing strife in Central African Republic (CAR). The U.N. has resumed delivery of food aid to camps and aid organizations have begun a measles emergency response vaccination campaign. Al Jazeera: U.N. warns CAR on brink of catastrophe “U.N. officials are warning the Security Council that…

Shift Donor Funding, Encourage Trade To Improve African Food Security

SciDev.Net: African agriculture needs trade not aid David Bennett, a senior member of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, U.K. and co-leader of the Biosciences for Farming in Africa program “…[F]or any solution to food security to be truly sustainable, people have to move from depending on aid to depending on trade.…

U.S. Congress Takes Action On Farm Bill

News outlets report on recent U.S. congressional action on a farm bill that includes food aid provisions. Devex: A glimmer of hope for U.S. food aid reform “After years of lobbying by foreign aid advocates, NGO representatives, food security experts and U.S. government officials, lawmakers might be ready to open…