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Extraordinary Efforts in U.S. Food Assistance Underway as Extreme Food Insecurity Stalks South Sudanese

WFP airdrops in South Sudan

The Office of Food for Peace’s Director Dina Esposito recently returned from a trip to South Sudan, where USAID is taking extraordinary steps in response to extreme food insecurity.

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Rebuilding Livelihoods in the Philippines Post-Typhoon Haiyan

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Just over six months ago Typhoon Haiyan rocked the Philippines. Billy Dec, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders traveled recently to Leyte, home to Tacloban, to see how the recovery efforts are faring.

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Why Fighting Gender Violence is Also Fighting Hunger in the DRC

Ms. Namuhindo demonstration her new writing skills. / Rachel Grant, USAID

Eastern DRC is said to be the “rape capital of the world.” But how do gender issues relate to hunger? If the DRC can alter its behavior towards women, these women can stay in their communities, increase production on their land, earn incomes, and put food on their families’ tables.

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Tomorrow’s Leaders Empowered Today

Young Palestinian Youth Local Shadow Councils install traffic signals, paint sidewalks and organize a local tourism bike tour

Many of our USAID missions around the world, often in post-conflict arenas, are working diligently to empower youth so they can serve as leaders in their communities.

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Feed the Future Just Published a New Report – So What?

Feed the Future provides credit opportunities to help smallholder farmers purchase agricultural machinery and teaches them how to use these tools to boost harvests. / Wasif Hasan, USAID

We sat down to chat with Feed the Future’s deputy coordinator for development, Tjada McKenna, about Feed the Future, its latest results, and where we’re at in the fight to end hunger.

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Improving Nutrition, Building Resilience for Families, Societies

Uganda is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Feed the Future is helping increase opportunities for smallholder farmers like Alice Monigo in Uganda by providing trainings for women. /CNFA

Improving nutrition is one of the best investments we can make in development. For the past year, humanitarian, development and health experts from across USAID worked to craft a new approach to nutrition, aimed at increasing food security, reducing malnutrition and building resilience among vulnerable populations like those in the Sahel.

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Tajikistan Transformed: Feeding the Future

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Twenty years ago Tajikistan was in civil conflict and gripped by a food crisis. Today, says USAID’s Regional Mission Director for the Central Asia Republics Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, the panorama is vastly different and more hopeful from what he once witnessed. Feed the Future is an important part of that transformation.

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10 Ways America is Helping Feed the World

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When President Obama took office, the world was mired in the midst of food, fuel, and financial turmoil that pushed millions of people back to the precipice of poverty. In 2007 and 2008, food prices hit all-time highs, sending prices for basic staples like rice and wheat beyond the reach of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Liberia’s ‘Road’ (miles and miles) to Recovery

Liberia has 66,000 miles of roads, but less than 7 percent are paved. / USAID

Liberia has made great advancements since the end of its devastating war a decade ago. But Liberians continue to face a daunting challenge – all too often, when the “rubber meets the road,” there is quite literally no road to travel. USAID is helping solve that, bridging people, goods and helping Liberia make real strides against extreme poverty.

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Reuniting Families Separated during Conflict in South Sudan

Violence and insecurity in South Sudan have forced more than 1 million people from their homes since mid-December. / Jacob Zocherman for Mercy Corps

Violence and insecurity in South Sudan have forced more than 1 million people from their homes since mid-December. More than 380,000 children been forced to uproot, when they should be playing in the safety of their communities. While fleeing, some get separated from their families. Helping some of these devastated families reunite may be one of the few bright spots in the midst of this horrible conflict.

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