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GAO Report Examines USAID’s International Food Assistance Programs

U.S. Government Accountability Office: International Food Assistance: USAID Has Controls for Implementation and Support Costs but Should Strengthen Financial Oversight This GAO report examines USAID’s international food assistance projects under the Food for Peace Act and finds that USAID could enhance its financial oversight of the implementation and support costs of these projects. The report…More

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How Technology Can Reduce Hunger and Improve Food Security

There are 793 million people globally, who are undernourished or food insecure according to the FAO. Weather, conflict, labor markets, food supply systems, nutrition, livelihoods, and social inclusion combine to hinder their ability to acquire enough food to meet the daily minimum dietary energy requirements. While this may be shocking in societies where fast food restaurants offer “super sized” meals for cheap, for millions of people, getting enough to eat is a daily struggle. Thankfully, there are new tools of technology that policy makers can now use to sense and predict food insecurity months before it happens, allowing farmers and policy makers to increase their adaptive capacity. Improved Prediction From satellites circling the earth, to ground-based remote sensors in the oceans, rivers, and farms, we can forecast the drivers of food insecurity with high degrees of accuracy.

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To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her Read More

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Transforming Food, Agricultural Systems Must Remain Global Priority, U.N. SG Ban Says

U.N. News Centre: Agriculture and food system transformation needed on pathway to zero hunger — Ban “While the world has seen some progress on combating the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, the challenge of providing the fundamental right to adequate food to all people must remain a priority, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said…More

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Nigeria, Southern Africa Facing Food Shortages, Need Aid, U.N. Agencies Warn

Bloomberg News: Nigeria’s Borno Faces World’s Worst Food Crisis, UNICEF Says “The food crisis unfolding in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state is probably the worst in the world at the moment, with 4.5 million people in need of assistance out of which one million are in danger of extreme malnutrition, according to the U.N. children’s agency,…More

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Aid Agencies Call On Zimbabwe President Mugabe To Allow Fair Food Aid Distribution

The Guardian: Zimbabwe urged to put compassion before politics in distribution of food aid “Aid agencies have called on President Robert Mugabe’s government to look beyond political differences and prioritize humanitarian principles after the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission accused the ruling Zanu-PF party of partisan food aid distribution. The commission’s chairman, Elasto Mugwadi, revealed this…More

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Aid Agencies Laud Passage Of U.S. Global Food Security Act Of 2016

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Aid agencies hail U.S. bill to end global hunger and malnutrition “Aid agencies have hailed the passage of a U.S. bill that aims to eliminate hunger and poverty around the world by helping smallholder farmers, especially women, with investments targeted at increasing productivity and improving nutrition. The Global Food Security Act of…More

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Global Food Security Act Of 2016 Will Help U.S., World Make Progress Toward Ending Hunger,…

Huffington Post: Congress Takes Bipartisan Stand Against Global Hunger Lindsay Coates, president of InterAction “…The Global Food Security Act … is an exciting step forward in building the political will needed to end global hunger and malnutrition. Utilizing new approaches and the knowledge and commitment of a diverse coalition, the act will leverage our country’s…More

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U.S. Congress expected to pass Global Food Security Act

In a rare act of bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives today is poised to pass the Global Food Security Act. It bolsters efforts by the U.S. to eliminate hunger and malnutrition globally by providing backing to existing programs, including the Obama administration’s Feed the Future program.

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50K Children At Risk Of Starvation In Nigeria Due To Boko Haram Insurgency, Disruptions In Food…

Agence France-Presse: Boko Haram’s other human tragedy: malnutrition “…Northeast Nigeria has been torn apart for the last seven years by Boko Haram insurgents. … With homes and businesses destroyed and farmland devastated, the United Nations has warned that some 50,000 children could starve to death this year in Borno state alone if nothing is done…”…More

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More Than Half Of Yemen’s Population Facing ‘Emergency’ Food Insecurity, Report Says

U.N. News Centre: More than half of Yemen’s population now food insecure — U.N. “Vast swathes of war-torn Yemen — 19 out of 22 governorates — are facing severe food insecurity, and the situation within affected areas is likely to deteriorate if conflict persists, according to a new assessment by the United Nations and partners…”…More

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Devex Speaks With U.N. Envoy David Nabarro About Global Nutrition, Food Security

Devex: David Nabarro: Malnutrition problem requires multi-partner solutions “Malnutrition is the ‘new normal,’ according to the 2016 Global Nutrition Report released [last] week … For David Nabarro, special representative of the U.N. secretary general for food security and nutrition, it’s vital that the global community recognizes the damage caused by malnutrition in early life for…More

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More Than 41M People In Southern Africa Food Insecure Due To Drought; 21M Need Immediate…

Reuters: More than 41 million people in Southern Africa face food insecurity: trade bloc “An estimated 41 million people are food insecure with 21 million people requiring immediate assistance in Southern Africa, a regional economic bloc said on Wednesday, after a drought ravaged the region. The Southern African Development Community director for food, agriculture, and…More

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Pope Francis Urges Nations To ‘Feed People, Not Wars’ In Address At U.N. WFP

Deutsche Welle: Pope condemns ‘paradox’ of guns but no food in conflict zones “Pope Francis told a meeting at the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) that preventing supplies from reaching war zones was a violation of international law, adding that the world faced a ‘strange paradox.’ Francis’ visit to the WFP was the first by…More

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