“Data Doesn’t Grow On Trees,” And Other Insights Into The Agriculture Data Needs Among Development Partners

The planning and design of any development project is an extensive, intricate, and often laborious process. Thus, it’s no surprise that development partners desire the best available information when it comes to deciding how to allocate funds.

Why NGOs Need Investment Data in Their Fight Against Hunger

For NGOs, good data can mean the difference between successful programs and unsuccessful programs – or significant and negligible results in the fight against hunger and poverty. However, NGOs can find themselves in the dark when deciding where and how to spend their resources, as the information they need to make smarter investments is often difficult, time consuming, and expensive to find. Below are a few of the things NGOs need to know in order to make the best possible investments to end hunger and reduce poverty.

Fragile peace at risk in South Sudan

The oars dip slowly into the barely moving waters of the Sudd, one of the largest wetlands on earth. It’s an idyllic scene. Nearly dusk, birds of all kinds alight on the swamp, looking for dinner and settling into their nests for the night. The tall grasses sway lightly in the breeze. The towering grey clouds overhead are remnants of an earlier downpour, and the air is thick with humidity. The light is just right – soft and tinged in sepia.

Why Data on Agriculture and Food Security Investments Matters in the Fight Against Hunger

Although the world economy has grown for 54 out of the past 55 years, almost 800 million people today still suffer from hunger. Millions more live in poverty. Smarter investments in agriculture and food security are critical to end these problems.

Congress Takes Bipartisan Stand Against Global Hunger

Seeing that your family has a steady and stable supply of healthy and nutritious food is a fundamental commitment—and mission—of all mothers and fathers around the globe. It's a value, a need and an imperative that crosses cultural, geographic, and gender lines. And today it's a principle that crosses partisan lines in Congress, with the final passage of the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567/S. 1252).

Congress Sends a Clear Message about the Value of Transparency

On Tuesday, July 5, Congress passed the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R.3766). This bipartisan bill makes U.S. foreign assistance more effective and accountable, and has had strong support in both the House and the Senate under the leadership of Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA).

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Nutrition During the First 1,000 Days

Nutrition during the first 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday has important consequences for proper physical growth and cognitive development. USAID’s Feed the Future program seeks to provide adequate and appropriate nutrition to pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children around the world who may not otherwise have access to such essential resources.

Learning from Niger and looking toward the future

There’s a funny aspect of global development, where the more remote parts of the world you see, the more it seems to be connected. Last week, watching the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approve a $425 million investment in Niger, I felt a real sense of many things coming together.

Pulses: It's not about your heartbeat!

Not many people know about pulses and about their benefits. It’s not about the heartbeat!

It starts with the name: many people refer to them as legumes or beans. Pulses are a subgroup of legumes that are dried, edible, and have low fat content. This includes kidney beans, chickpeas, split peas, lentils. The list could be a very long one, as there are many varieties.

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