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Madagascar, Malawi Face Continuing Threats Related To Flooding, U.N. Agencies Say

Bloomberg News: Madagascar Faces Triple Threat From Disasters as Hundreds Die “Madagascar is confronting a triple threat: an outbreak of the plague, drought-induced starvation, and the aftermath of a tropical storm that have killed at least 250 people and forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes. Making a…

Global Malnutrition Has Significant Human, Economic Costs

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs: Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Economic Costs of Global Malnutrition Louise Iverson, research associate at the Chicago Council, discusses the economic costs of global malnutrition, as part of the Chicago Council’s new campaign, “‘Healthy Food for a Healthy World,’ to build awareness about…

WFP Concerned ISIS Manipulating Food Aid Parcels In Syria

New York Times: U.N. Concerned About Reports That Food Aid to Syria Is in ISIS Hands “The United Nations food relief agency said it was ‘extremely concerned’ about the possible manipulation of its aid to Syria after images posted on jihadist websites and social media appeared to show Islamic State…

Conflict Continues To Endanger Food Security In South Sudan, UNICEF Says

Bloomberg News: South Sudan Food Shortages Risk Worsening If Peace Falters “Food shortages in South Sudan risk worsening if the country’s warring factions fail to implement a cease-fire agreement, the United Nations Children’s Fund said…” (Okech, 2/4).

At A.U. Summit, Ebola, Food Security, Women’s Empowerment Top Agendas

Agence France-Presse: Ebola reveals shortcomings of African solidarity “As Africa’s leaders meet in Ethiopia to discuss the Ebola crisis, expectations of firm action will be tempered by criticism over the continent’s poor record in the early stages of the epidemic…” (Lebhour/Taggart, 1/31). Inter Press Service: Ending Hunger in Africa “…One…

Monetization Of Food Aid Important Tool In Bringing Food Security To Vulnerable Nations

The Hill: Monetization: Market-based food aid that works Sheryl Cowan, deputy director of sustainable food and agriculture systems at International Relief & Development “…Achieving [an end to the need to provide food aid relief in any form], and the increased peace and stability it brings, requires sustained economic and social…

Despite Improvements In Somalia’s Hunger Levels, 730K Face Acute Food Insecurity, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: Over 38,000 Somali children facing starvation: U.N. “Over 38,000 Somali children are at ‘high risk’ from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, U.N. experts said Thursday…” (1/29). U.N. News Centre: U.N. forecasts ‘worrisome’ 2015 outlook on humanitarian front for…

Improved Education, Alternative Prevention Methods Can Reduce Malaria Bed Net Misuse

Huffington Post: Education, Follow-up Helps Prevent Bed Net Misuse Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications “Bed nets intended to prevent malaria are used in fishing communities in Zambia to fish for food, which is sold in the local market, according to a report in the New York…