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End Of Poverty May Be Within Reach, But ‘Bar Is Set Very Low’

“The end of extreme poverty might very well be within reach,” economics reporter Annie Lowrey writes in a New York Times Magazine opinion piece. “In part, this is because the bar is set very low,” she states, noting, “The World Bank aims to raise just about everyone on Earth above…

U.N. Agencies Appeal For $29.4M To Meet Health Needs In North Korea

“Five U.N. agencies appealed for $29.4 million to meet the most critical health and nutrition needs for the people of North Korea through the end of the year,” UPI reports (4/29). “The agencies in the DPRK — the World Food Programme (WFP), [UNICEF], the [WHO], the Food & Agriculture Organization…

Health Services For Syrian Refugees Overstretched, U.N. Report Warns

“The refugee crisis sparked by the conflict in Syria is increasingly straining health services in surrounding countries, while refugees are finding it harder to access the quality treatment they need, the United Nations refugee agency warns in report released [Friday],” the U.N. News Centre reports (4/26). “The report is the…

PBS NewsHour Examines Proposed Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program

PBS NewsHour on Wednesday aired two video reports examining proposed changes to the U.S. food aid program included in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request released this month. In a video analysis, correspondent Margaret Warner “reports on [the] new budget proposal that would redirect nearly half the money to buy…

Food Aid Reform Is ‘Battle Worth Fighting’

“The Obama Administration, like the Bush Administration before it, is again trying to bring some sense to food aid, but prospects for reform are low,” Isobel Coleman, a senior fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative at the Council on Foreign Relations,…

Obama Right To Propose Food Aid Reform

In the six decades since [President Dwight Eisenhower kicked off the program that would become known as Food for Peace], global food aid has generated sales for U.S. farmers, business for U.S.-flagged cargo vessels and jobs for U.S. seamen,” a Washington Post editorial states. “In this sense, the United States is no…

Increase In Violence Hindering Access To Health Care In Afghanistan, Red Cross Warns

“An increase in armed groups and the splintering of insurgent factions is cutting Afghans off from health care in ever greater numbers, the Red Cross has warned,”The Guardian reports. “Roadblocks, roadside bombs, the risk of being caught up in fighting and unprovoked attacks are all stopping civilians from getting to hospitals,…

Millions Of People In Sahel Continue To Need Food Assistance, Oxfam Report Says

“The humanitarian response to the 2012 food crisis in Africa’s Sahel region was bigger and better than in previous emergencies, but millions of people still did not receive the assistance they needed and many remain vulnerable to hunger, Oxfam said in a report on Tuesday,” AlertNet reports. “The report said that more than five million…

U.N., U.S. Offer Aid To Iran, Pakistan In Wake Of 7.8-Magnitude Earthquake

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the remote south-east Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday, with tremors felt across Pakistan, India and the Middle East, BBC News reports (4/16). “According to media reports dozens of people were killed in both countries when the quake struck the border region,” and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “[v]oic[ed] sorrow over…