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Former U.S. President Obama Speaks At Global Food Conference In Milan

New York Times: Obama Speaks in Milan, With Food as Text and Politics as Subtext “Barack Obama took his first step back onto the world stage on Tuesday, shedding his tie to give wide-ranging, if studiously nonpartisan, remarks during a food and technology conference in Milan. First in a keynote…

U.S. Congress Includes $990M Additional Funding For Famine Relief In FY17 Budget Deal

Humanosphere: U.S. quietly boosts funding by $990 million to prevent historic famines “A budget deal struck by the U.S. Congress [last] week to prevent a government shutdown was viewed as a rebuke to proposed cuts by the Trump administration. Both political parties agreed to continue funding existing programs and went…

Venezuela Faces Severe Shortages Of Food, Medicines; Government Resists Aid Offers

Wall Street Journal: Venezuela Is Starving “…The Catholic charity Caritas and a team led by Susana Raffalli — a specialist in food emergencies who has worked in Guatemala, Africa, and other regions tormented by hunger — are monitoring conditions here. … Caritas said nearly a fifth of children under age…

Long-Term Investments In Development, Food Assistance Vital To Famine Response

The Hill: Fighting famine is the right thing to do, but building resilience is equally important Judith Rowland, U.S. policy and advocacy manager for Global Citizen “Overcoming partisanship and ‘America First’ discourse from the White House, Congress voted [last] week to provide $990 million in emergency funding for famine response…

Trump Administration’s Leaked FY18 Budget Document Proposes Eliminating FEWS NET

Devex: The world’s famine alarm finds itself on Trump’s chopping block “If ever there was a model of a relied upon, evidence-based early warning system, it would be the Early Warning Famine Systems Network. Since 1985, the United States Agency for International Development’s FEWS NET has provided analysis on acute…

Number Of Children In Somalia With Acute Malnutrition Up 50% This Year, UNICEF Says

International Business Times: UNICEF revises upwards number of children in Somalia suffering from famine “The number of children in Somalia suffering from acute malnutrition this year has ‘shot up’ by 50 percent, according to estimates by the United Nations’ children’s agency, UNICEF…” (Buchanan, 5/2). U.N. News Centre: Somalia: 1.4M children…

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