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Food Aid Crisis as Typhoon Victims Hungry

Ben Barber | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ben Barber

The rush to deliver food to the Philippines for survivors of the massive Typhoon Haiyan has renewed pressure on Congress to end a requirement that most U.S. food aid be bought from U.S. farmers and delivered thousands of miles on costly U.S. ships.

A World Food Day for All World Views

Mark Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Moore

While it fails to make most of our calendars, every October the world selects a day to recognize the importance of food, and they call it World Food Day. This year's is today, and it comes in the midst of a political climate where we seem to agree on less than ever.

Fast Food, Slow Food and No Food

Princess Haya Al Hussein | Posted 12.16.2013 | World
Princess Haya Al Hussein

Today, in scores of nations across the globe, there will be conferences, speeches and editorials to celebrate World Food Day. School children will learn all about the latest issues -- fast food versus slow food; food losses and waste; farming and global warning. Surely this is a good thing -- unless you are among the world's 842 million hungry.

Media Move On -- But Mali's Misery Remains

David Tereshchuk | Posted 09.09.2013 | Media
David Tereshchuk

The emergency that recently drew the world's eyes to Mali, that largely arid and desperately poor country stretching from the Sahara Desert southward to the Niger River, has now left its prime position in the West's news media, but enormous humanitarian challenges remain.

The Food Aid Bill: We Will Progress Step by Step

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Why are there so many efforts to impose means tests, drug tests, and other obstacles to eligibility for food stamps while the financial giants of this country were bailed out with a no-strings-attached $700 billion bailout in 2008?

While We Talk Reform, U.S. Food Assistance Is Under Attack

Katie Lee | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Katie Lee

This year's federal budget and appropriations season has generated a lot of buzz and media around reforming U.S. food assistance programs. But while some of us have been talking about improving aid delivery, others have proposed alarming cuts to food assistance programs altogether.

Groups Fight White House's Push For Biggest Change In Years

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) - A White House plan to modernize the major U.S. food aid program, by donating cash rat...

Reforming Food Aid to Improve Maternal and Child Nutrition

David Beckmann | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
David Beckmann

What's wrong with our current food aid system? Given that it was created in 1954 and has never been substantially changed, our contemporary food aid system is outdated, inefficient and wasteful.

Sequestration, Scarcity and America's Values

Mark Moore | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Mark Moore

We have long been reminded of scarcity of oil, and more recently scarcity of water has been at the forefront of our minds. Perhaps the scariest of all scarcity issues is food, where Malthusian projections of calamity have long loomed with concerns of an overpopulated planet.

Boroume Revisited: Food Aid Soars in Athens

Diana Farr Louis | Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact
Diana Farr Louis

What began in May 2011 as an attempt to link agencies and people who needed food with producers and shopkeepers who trashed it at the end of the day has burgeoned into a flourishing network that operates all over Greece and has donors throughout Europe and North America.

Michael McAuliff

Senator Makes Emotional Plea To Save Food Aid For Kids | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took to the Senate floor Wednesday in an emotional bid to stave off $4.5 billion in cuts to programs that feed t...

Our Current Global Food Crisis and How We Can Feed 17 Million More People

Ruth Messinger | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion
Ruth Messinger

This year during Shavuot, the Jewish holiday which marks the end of the harvest, I am reminded of my commitment to alleviate hunger.

We Need to Broaden Our Focus on North Korea

Linda Constant | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Linda Constant

There is no logical reason why we cannot address the regime's nuclear energy goals simultaneously with the country's appalling human rights conditions, which violate every imaginable facet of basic human liberties.

Food Aid Takes Off in Athens

Diana Farr Louis | Posted 04.16.2012 | Home
Diana Farr Louis

Last May a young woman had an idea that sent her to her computer. Why not create a network linking organizations that need food with those that have too much: bakeries, tavernas, hotels, fast food chains... ?

All for One Aim: Multi-pronged Approach to Fight Hunger

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 12.16.2011 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

India is in the process of enacting a food security act to provide food for nearly 70 percent of the population, specifically targeting the poor, who are often not counted in state surveys and who are denied many benefits.

Somalia Celebrates End Of Fasting Holiday With Food Aid

AP | By KATHARINE HOURELD | Posted 10.30.2011 | Impact

DOLO, Somalia -- As she celebrated the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday, Somali mother Quresho Mohmoud Dahir counted her blessings: all her ch...

"Your Son Is Not Sick. He Just Needs to Eat."

Louis Belanger | Posted 10.01.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

A famine? How did we get there? How did we let the situation deteriorate so that people are actually dying of hunger?

Joshua Hersh

Somalia Famine: Fewer Refugees Making It To Food Supplies, Aid Workers Say | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.28.2011 | World

The number of refugees pouring out of famine-stricken Somalia has greatly reduced in recent days, aid workers in the region say -- and that may not be...

Republicans Vote To Cut Food Aid To Women, Children

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led House voted to slash domestic and international food aid Thursday while rejecting cuts to farm subsidies. A spending...

Vote To Cut Food Aid Splits GOP

Politico | David Rogers | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

Already on the defensive, scores of House Republicans joined with Democrats on Wednesday to beat back repeated conservative attempts to make still dee...

Republicans Slash Food Aid For Low-Income Women And Children, But Dodge Farm Subsidy Cuts

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have quietly maneuvered to prevent a House spending bill from chipping away at federal farm subsidies, instead forging ahead...

GOP Poised To Cut Food Aid For Pregnant Women, Children

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In an otherwise lean budget year, the House on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to boost funding to take care of the medical needs of t...

To Congress: Quit Playing Politics With Food Aid

Ruth Messinger | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Ruth Messinger

Sadly, global hunger is getting worse not better. And it seems that the fate of a billion people living in poverty could take a backseat to opportunistic politics on Capitol Hill.

"Miami Rice": The Business of Disaster in Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

What is at stake in Haiti? What interests underlie the grab for power in the country? One answer is the large amount of aid and development dollars that are circulating.

World Food Programme Finance Innovation Could Cut Hunger

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

The World Food Programme will propose an expanded financing facility to fund advance purchases of food. This has the potential to cut hunger, by stretching WFP dollars and speeding deliveries.