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Indian States Using Technology To Improve Public Distribution Systems For Food Delivery

“After approving the food security bill, India’s challenge is to get all that heavily subsidized food grain to the 800 million or so people eligible to the program,” the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog reports. “The bill expands an existing program that uses a five-decade-old public distribution system…

Issues Surrounding Food Security Vital To Post-2015 Development Agenda

One of the issues likely to be raised during the U.N. General Assembly’s discussions regarding the post-2015 development agenda is food security. The following summarizes two opinion pieces on the topic. Pierre Ferrari, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “[W]ithout sufficient investment in women farmers, we will fail to feed the world’s…

Rajiv Shah Discusses Diversifying USAID Partners In Scientific American Interview

In an interview with Scientific American, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah discusses modernizing and diversifying foreign assistance. He says his agency has “moved more than $730 million to more than 1,200 small-scale, diversified, local partners,” including small businesses and small non-governmental organizations (NGOs). “We have the same high standards of accountability for…

Despite Obesity Problems, Many In Mexico Are Food Insecure

“Despite talk of Mexico’s emerging middle class, 45.5 percent of this nation’s more than 118 million people remain mired in poverty,” GlobalPost reports, adding, “Though Mexico this year became the fattest of the world’s most populous countries, according to [the U.N.] Food and Agriculture Organization, millions still don’t get enough…

U.N. Agencies Appeal For Support For More Than 10 Million Facing Hunger In Yemen

“The United Nations on Thursday urged the international community, especially Gulf states, to increase aid to impoverished Yemen, saying that more than 10 million people in the country go hungry,” Agence France-Presse reports. “A Sanaa news conference by U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos and World Food Programme [WFP] executive director…

New Tool Aims To Improve Diets, Prevent Child Malnutrition In Guatemala

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as part of “a series to coincide with ‘A Promise Renewed in the Americas: Reducing Inequalities in Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Summit’ [being held] September 10-12 in Panama,” Monica Woldt, a senior advisor for maternal and child health and nutrition at FHI…

USAID, Walmart Sign MOU To Work Together On Development Programs

USAID, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation “signed on Monday a Memorandum of Understanding expected to integrate the world’s largest retailer’s supply chains with the Feed the Future program,” Devex reports. “While it remains unclear whether the MOU establishes any binding commitments for either party, the partnership is expected to focus…

Researchers Continue Trials On Vitamin A-Fortified Rice Strain

The Wall Street Journal examines golden rice, a new strain of vitamin A-fortified rice developed by researchers at the International Rice Research Institute meant to address deficiencies of the micronutrient among children. “A lack of the vitamin is a leading cause of preventable blindness and is linked to death due…

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