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New Framework Allows Focus On Resiliency Within Food For Peace Initiative

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Joan Whelan on a New Strategy at the Office of Food for Peace: Address Conflict Sean Peoples, a multimedia producer with the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, summarizes a podcast featuring Joan Whelan, a senior policy and…

House Passes Global Food Security Act Aimed At Codifying Feed The Future Initiative

POLITICO: Obama’s food security initiative advances “President Barack Obama’s five-year Feed the Future initiative moved one step closer to being cemented into law Tuesday after the House passed the Global Food Security Act in a 370-33 vote. The bill authorizes roughly $1 billion a year to address hunger and assist…

Drought Conditions Increasing Food Insecurity In Ethiopia, Northern Somalia, U.N. Says

Bloomberg: Food Emergency Spreads in Ethiopia as Drought Worsens, U.N. Says “…Consecutive missed rainy seasons last year caused by the ocean-warming effects of El Niño have left about a fifth of Ethiopia’s approximately 100 million population in need of food aid. A total of 443 districts were categorized as being…

Untreated Dairy Products, Consumer Preferences Help Spread Brucellosis In East Africa

SciDev.Net: Raw milk breeds fever disease in East Africa “Consumer preferences and poor dairy processing techniques have made East Africa a hotbed for brucellosis, a fever disease spread by contaminated milk, a study warns. The disease, which is caused by Brucella bacteria shed in livestock’s urine, milk, and other bodily…

WFP Airdrops Food Aid To Syrian City Besieged Since March 2014

Associated Press: U.N. Airdrops Food Aid to Besieged Syrian City “A U.N. agency has used parachutes to air drop food aid to a Syrian city under siege since March 2014. The Rome-based World Food Programme says the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, its local partner, collected 22 of 26 pallets dropped…

Investments In Small Farmers Critical To Reach Many Development Goals

Huffington Post: Small Farmers Can Help Meet Sustainable Development and Climate Goals — But They Need Our Support Shenggen Fan, economist and director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute “…[S]mall farmers can help us achieve many of the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], but only if we bolster their…

‘More Holistic Conceptualization’ Needed To Address Global Malnutrition

Medical Journal of Australia: Rethinking malnutrition, and its solutions Alessandro Demaio, medical doctor and co-founder of NCDFREE “…[A] double burden of malnutrition describes a coexistence of both undernutrition, including wasting, growth stunting, and deficiencies in micronutrients (including iron, folate, and vitamin A), with overweight and obesity — and resulting nutrition-related…

Flooding Causing Food Insecurity In DRC’s Katanga Province; 40K Face Hunger

Humanosphere: 40,000 face hunger as floods hit eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Charlie Ensor, a freelance journalist and Humanosphere contributor, examines recent flooding in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, specifically the Katanga Province, which “has destroyed houses, farms, and livelihoods, and it is thought that 40,000 people face food shortages.…

More Development Effort Needed In Africa To Meet Needs, Build Resiliency, Achieve Food Security, U.N. Officials Say

U.N. News Centre: U.N. officials urge boost in development action to meet humanitarian challenges in Africa “Greater efforts in preparedness response, recovery, and development interventions are needed from humanitarian actors for African nations to meet the immediate needs of their citizens, become more resilient to shocks and crises, and ultimately…

Global Community Should Support WHO Guidance On Breastfeeding, Address Breast Milk Substitute Marketing Issues

Devex: Protect breastfeeding, the ultimate personalized medicine Elizabeth Zehner, project director, and Elizabeth Ransom, director of communications and advocacy, both with Helen Keller International’s Assessment and Research on Child Feeding Project “…[R]aising awareness — and breastfeeding rates — among mothers will require changes in how milk substitutes are marketed across…

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