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Bertini: Food aid to North Korea would help relationship

The United States should provide food aid to North Korea as part of an effort to build a new relationship with that country after the death of its longtime leader, a former U.N. World Food Program executive director said today. Read More...

WTO leaders issue guidance for trade ministers

As the world’s trade ministers prepare to gather in Geneva Dec. 15 to 17 for a trade ministerial meeting, WTO leaders have issued what they call “guidance” to the ministers. Read More...

Farm bill proposals continue to come in

As the Tuesday deadline for congressional agriculture leaders to submit a farm bill proposal nears, lobbying and letter writing is intensifying to the 12 members of the super committee and to what the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is calling “the Big 4” — Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kans., House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn. Read More...

Dan Glickman: Former Agriculture secretary urges less defensive, more inclusive approach to policy

Farmers and other agricultural leaders will have to get used to consumers, doctors and other activists becoming involved in agricultural policy, former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman said in an interview with The Hagstrom Report. Read More...

Clinton: U.S. to send $17 million more for famine relief

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today that the United States will contribute another $17 million for humanitarian relief from famine in the Horn of Africa, but called for continued support for the Obama administration’s “Feed the Future” initiative, which aids long-term agricultural development in the region. Read More...

Cousin: U.N. to provide food and farm aid in Horn of Africa

United Nations officials and world agricultural leaders plan to help the Horn of Africa with its drought through a twin-track program of food aid and agricultural development, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. food agencies Ertharin Cousin said today. Read More...

Emergency FAO meeting to discuss African drought

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, which this week declared a state of famine in two regions of southern Somalia, is convening an emergency ministerial-level meeting on Monday to address deteriorating drought conditions in the Horn of Africa and several other regions in the world. Read More...

G20 food reserve proposal seems weak

ROME — When the agriculture ministers from the G20 countries met in Paris last month, they assigned the World Food Program the job of developing a pilot program for an emergency food reserve, but the language surrounding the reserve is so tepid it will be surprising if it amounts to much. Read More...

Debate, votes continue on Ag appropriations

The House of Representatives has approved the rule for consideration of the fiscal year 2012 Agriculture appropriations bill, but debate and votes are expected to continue today. Read More...

French ag minister outlines plans for G20 meeting

Emergency food reserves, insurance against food price volatility and more coordinated regulation of futures markets are among the issues on which the French government will seek to achieve consensus when agriculture ministers from the G20 countries meet in Paris this month, French Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire told The Hagstrom Report today. Read More...

Oxfam launches global GROW campaign for food justice

Oxfam, the international charity that played a big role in convincing the World Trade Organization to take up the issues of West African cotton growers in the Doha round, today launched a new global campaign to achieve "food justice in a resource-constrained world." Read More...

Global food aid advocates plead against funding cuts

The gulf between the need for global food security programs and fiscal reality came into stark contrast in Washington today as Obama administration officials and Microsoft founder Bill Gates called on Congress to spend more money on international agricultural development, while the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee cut funding for international food aid and congressional Democrats warned of more cuts to come. Read More...

Crop insurance funding preserved, but other ag programs slashed in House bill

A fiscal year 2012 funding bill approved today by the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee would not cut the crop insurance program as the initial draft seemed to indicate, but many other agriculture, nutrition, international food aid programs would lose money, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission would not get the funding it was expecting to enforce the Dodd-Frank financial services bill, and USDA could not move forward with a proposed rule change for the program regulating the marketing of livestock and poultry. Read More...

International food aid conference scheduled

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Agriculture Department have announced that this year’s International Food Aid & Development Conference will be held June 27 to 29 in Kansas City. Read More...

World Food Programme distributing food in Libya

The U.N. World Food Programme announced today that is delivering food inside Libya at six different locations in the Beidan area, between Ajdabiya and Benghazai in the east of the country and providing logistical and telecommunications support to other humanitarian groups. Read More...

Humanitarian coalition fights food aid cuts

A coalition of humanitarian groups today urged Congress not to cut food aid as it finalizes the fiscal year 2011 budget. Read More...

Threatened food aid cuts prompt personal fasts in protest

Three anti-hunger leaders plan personal fasts to call attention to budgetary threats to international food and agriculture programs, launching a campaign that asks others to “join in fasting, prayer and personal sacrifice to form a circle of protection around programs benefiting vulnerable people here and abroad.” Read More...

World Food Program, USAID struggle with rising food costs

For food aid and agricultural development advocates trying to help the Third World cope with food price spikes, waiting for Congress to cut the budget is like being in the car at the end of the movie "Thelma and Louise," the Washington representative of The U.N. World Food Program said at a Capitol Hill briefing today. Read More...

Iowa honoring 'Green Revolution' founder with statue

A statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug, the father of the "Green Revolution," will represent Iowa in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall under a bill that Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad signed today. Read More...

Food security advocates fighting aid cutbacks in H.R. 1

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., has urged food aid advocates to insist that members of Congress not vote to cut international food aid, as the House Republican bill to finance the government through September 30 would do. Read More...

Food aid, farmer interests protest proposed ag budget cuts

If the budget cuts proposed by House Republicans for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year go into effect, nearly 18 million hungry people worldwide will lose American food aid and farmers will lose benefits guaranteed to them under the 2008 farm bill, key lobbyists said over the weekend as they began campaigns to try to stop the cuts in either the House or the Senate. Read More...