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More Aid Reaches Homs In Syria; U.N. Urged To Act On Humanitarian Resolution

News outlets report on ongoing efforts to reach a humanitarian resolution on Syria, as well as efforts to evacuate people from the besieged city of Homs. New York Times: U.N. Security Council Urged to Act on Humanitarian Aid to Syria “The hard-won humanitarian cease-fire in the Syrian city of Homs…

U.N. Continues Humanitarian Aid Efforts In CAR

News outlets report on ongoing U.N. humanitarian aid operations in Central African Republic (CAR). Agence France-Presse: U.N. starts food airlift to restive Central Africa “The U.N. food agency on Wednesday launched one of its largest-ever emergency food airlifts, flying in aliments to the Central African Republic…” (2/12). U.N. News Centre:…

Finding Resolution On Syria Proving Difficult For International Community

News outlets report that Russia is denouncing a U.N. humanitarian resolution on Syria and peace talks between the government and opposition forces have stalled. The Hill’s “Global Affairs”: Russia ‘starving civilians’ in Syria, Obama says “President Obama said Tuesday that Russia was complicit in starving civilians in Syria in blunt…

New York Times Publishes Editorial, Commentary On Humanitarian Efforts In Syria

The New York Times features an editorial and a commentary on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in conflict-ridden Syria. New York Times: The Message From Homs “In the last four days, at least 800 people — mostly women, children and the elderly — have been evacuated from Homs, one of Syria’s…

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…