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Aid Groups Face Challenges To Food Aid Delivery In South Sudan

VOA News: Aid Groups Tackle ‘Mammoth Challenge’ of Feeding South Sudan “Aid agencies are battling against time and danger to their staff on the ground in South Sudan to deliver emergency food aid to millions of people in need around the young country as it struggles to recover from weeks…

USAID Administrator Shah Says New Farm Law Will Feed More Abroad

Associated Press/Washington Post: USAID says new farm law to boost food aid abroad “U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah says changes to the way the United States distributes food aid could help feed 800,000 more people abroad, many of them Syrian refugees. The changes come in a wide-ranging…

U.N. Humanitarian Resolution On Syria Threatened After Russia, China Fail To Show Up

News outlets report on talks surrounding a U.N. humanitarian resolution on Syria, which threaten to unravel after Russian and Chinese representatives failed to show up on Monday. Agence France-Presse: U.N. to press Russia on Syria humanitarian resolution “U.N. diplomats resumed the task of trying to persuade Russia to back a…

Opinion Pieces Discuss New Farm Bill

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing the Farm Bill, which President Obama signed into law last week. Huffington Post: The Farm Bill and International Food Aid: What You Need to Know Katie Lee, advocacy and policy coordinator for international development at InterAction “…As we move forward,…

Crisis Planning, Government Cooperation Bolstered Aid Efforts In Typhoon Haiyan Response

The Guardian: Typhoon Haiyan disaster response: how the relief effort worked A humanitarian worker discusses the use of clusters, “groups of U.N. and non-U.N. humanitarian organizations that specialize in emergency response in areas such as water and sanitation, health, shelter, logistics, food security, and agriculture,” in the Typhoon Haiyan disaster…

U.S. To Announce About $300M In Aid To Afghanistan

News outlets report on an expected announcement from the Obama administration regarding aid to Afghanistan. Bloomberg: Afghanistan Aid of $300 Million Pledged by U.S. Agency “The U.S. is proposing almost $300 million in new aid programs over five years for Afghanistan in an effort to stabilize the economy and offset…

Shaky Ceasefire In Syrian City Of Homs Highlights Difficulties Delivering Aid

The U.N. News Centre and New York Times report on the humanitarian situation and three-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs. U.N. News Centre: U.N. humanitarian chief urges safe passage for aid delivery to Syrians in need “A top United Nations official said she is deeply disappointed that a…

Establish Global ‘Super Fund’ To Support Children In Conflict Zones

Huffington Post: Sad Faces, Sad Futures and a Recipe for Change Harry Leibowitz, co-founder and board chair at World of Children “…All [children in conflict zones] want is to grow up in peace and have a chance at life. Instead, they are forced to suffer in horrendous conditions and are,…

Listen To Children To Help Those Affected By Conflict, Poverty

Devex: What does the future hold for children in conflict zones? Matt Scott, director for peacebuilding at World Vision “…Children in war zones today overwhelmingly suffer from the multiple ‘hangovers’ of war: hospitals without medicines, equipment or staff; schools stripped of teachers and supplies; and governments unable to deliver even…