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New Initiative Aims To Identify Innovations To Use Water More Efficiency

“As the global water resources become increasingly scarce, we must learn how to adapt to a new reality,” Christian Holmes, global water coordinator for USAID, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” He states, “In part, this means learning how to do more with less. Learning to use available water better, learning…

Hunger, Malnutrition Remain Despite Increase In N. Korea’s Cereal Production

“A new assessment by the United Nations has found that harvests in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are up for the third year running, but warns that chronic malnutrition persists,” the U.N. News Centre reports (11/29). “A mission by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World…

PBS NewsHour Examines Humanitarian Situation In Syria

PBS NewsHour features a report on the growing number of refugees and internally displaced persons resulting from ongoing fighting in Syria. “Fighting and a government blockade are preventing food from reaching tens of thousands of civilians in the suburbs around the capital [of Damascus] that are under rebel control,” the…

New Mothers Need Good Nutrition, Education

“The dreams of new mothers are similar all around the world. Some of the details may vary at the edges, but at the center is a good education,” Roger Thurow, senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, writes in the Bill &…

Officials To Meet In Thailand To Discuss Food Demands, Nutrition Gaps In Asia Pacific

“Representatives of the U.N., governments, [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] and private sector farming are expected to gather in Bangkok, Thailand, on [November 26] for a two-day forum on how to fill the Asia-Pacific’s growing food demands and nutrition gaps in a region more devastated by natural disasters than any other worldwide,”…

Fears Of Disease Outbreaks, Food Insecurity Mount In Somalia’s Puntland After Cyclone

“Two weeks after a tropical cyclone struck the northeast coast of Somalia, killing more than 100 people and thousands of head of livestock, important infrastructure lies in ruins and fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases are mounting,” IRIN reports. “‘For four days, the cyclone brought heavy rainfall, icy winds,…

India Leads Efforts To Negotiate ‘Peace Clause’ In WTO Agriculture Agreement

“India and some other developing nations are trying to negotiate a cease-fire in a heated battle over food subsidies for the poor that is threatening to derail global trade talks, officials involved in the talks said,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Mukherji/Dalton, 11/24). “The G33 nations, a group of emerging…

Humanitarian Crisis Continues In Mali Nearly 1 Year After French Intervention

“Eleven months after French forces dislodged Islamist militants from northern Mali, the region’s humanitarian crisis is far from over,” IRIN reports, noting, “Hunger levels are higher this year than last, … [b]anditry is preventing herders throughout the north from accessing grazing land, and insecurity is barring some aid agencies from…

Humanitarian Response In Philippines Reignites Discussion Over U.S. Food Aid Reform

The New York Times examines how the humanitarian response in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan has reignited the debate over U.S. food aid reform. “The Obama administration and some lawmakers say the disaster in the Philippines underscores the need to revise the program and give the aid agency the flexibility…

Policymakers Must Acknowledge Climate Change, Storms, Food Security Connections

“While directly connecting climate change and specific storms has always been difficult, it is easy to see the impact of these super storms on food security,” Bruce Campbell, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Copenhagen, writes in CNN’s “Global Public Square” blog,…

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