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Relief Analysis Wire: Two Important Lessons for Syrian Food Aid

448px-Women_refugees_from_Syria_queue_to_register_on_arrival_at_the_Zaatari_camp_in_Jordan_(8423857990)This is a cross-post by Mehmet Burk from Relief Analysis Wire.

As one of the most staggering humanitarian crises in recent decades continues to rapidly accelerate in Syria, the ability to effectively deliver food aid to vulnerable populations is paramount. 4 million Syrians cannot access basic foods according to the World Food Programme, and escalating tensions will not help agricultural production. (more…)

When National Disasters Go Global: Drought in the U.S., Food and Global Insecurity

This blog post also appeared on the humanitarian news site AlertNet, as well as Climate Progress and Reuters.

The national Drought Monitor recently declared a drought for almost 80% of the contiguous United States, ranging in intensity from “abnormally dry” to “drought-exceptional.” Five days ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture followed by declaring disasters in 26 U.S. states. This is the largest national disaster area ever declared. But while the drought is obviously a serious concern for the U.S. (historically, droughts are the nation’s most costly natural disaster), it also has worrying implications for other countries that are tied to the U.S. through the global food market. Coupled with other recent extreme weather events across the globe, the U.S. drought could have a globally destabilizing influence. And while it is too early to tell exactly why these events are happening, in the way that they are happening, recent reports show that climatic changes are a part of the story. (more…)