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Central American Drought Leading To Rising Food Insecurity, Hunger

Reuters: Central America braces for drought-linked food crisis “Low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region’s poor…” (Moloney, 8/14).

Earlier Responses Needed For Potential Famine In South Sudan

Washington Post: Experts are predicting a famine in South Sudan. Why can’t we stop it? Rick Noack, an Arthur F. Burns Fellow at the Washington Post “…If governments and NGOs have known about the looming catastrophe in South Sudan for months and if early reactions could have saved thousands of…

Food Aid Needs To Consider Local Economies

The Guardian: Fed on food aid: does emergency nutrition cripple local economies? Matthew Jenkin, editor of Guardian Careers “In July news broke that local micronutrient producers in Haiti were in danger of going out of business because of the actions of NGOs. The non-profit Meds & Food for Kids (MFK)…

U.S. Government To Provide Emergency Food Aid To South Sudan

News outlets report on the announcement that the U.S. government will provide special funding to South Sudan to help address the country’s food crisis. Devex: For first time since 2008, U.S. taps special funding pool to feed South Sudan “South Sudan currently faces the ‘worst food security situation in the…

Numerous East, Central African Countries Facing ‘Acute Food Insecurity’

IRIN: Food security alarm for east, central Africa “Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in Eastern and Central Africa, with most of them being at ‘crisis’ and ‘emergency’ levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013. The affected countries…

Reforming India’s Food Aid Program Is Good Solution

Forbes: India’s Welcome Reform Of Its Ghastly Food Aid Program Tim Worstall, fellow at the Adam Smith Institute in London “India is making essential changes to the way that it operates its food aid program for the poor. Essentially, instead of trying to provide food itself to poor people, [the…

First 1,000 Days Will Shape Child’s Nutrition, Education, Future

Huffington Post: 1,000 Days Ed Gragert, director of the Global Campaign for Education-US “…The Global Campaign for Education-US (GCE-US) is committed to ensuring that all young people worldwide have access to a quality education. But, unless a young person enters school healthy and ready to learn, with both a preschool…

Public Private Partnerships Key To Food Security In Philippines

Eco-Business: Public private partnerships key to ensuring food security “Philippines Presidential Adviser for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, Francis Pangilinan, says the public sector must facilitate and support private investments in agriculture and fisheries, and in particular, investments for the poor and marginalized…” (Reyes, 8/11).

India’s School Lunch Program Needs Focus On Safety, Accountability

The Guardian: Lessons learned from India’s midday meal scheme for schoolchildren “…India’s midday meal scheme is the largest school feeding program of its kind in the world and counts former U.S. president Bill Clinton among its admirers. The scheme was set up in 1995 to ensure hunger didn’t prevent children…