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.

InterAction: Online Tool Provides Analysis on FY2017 U.S. Foreign Operations Budget Priorities

WASHINGTON – Congressional leaders are working to finalize the U.S. State and Foreign Operations Budget for FY2017 with a mark-up in the Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28 and full Senate Appropriations Committee mark-up scheduled for June 29. House committee action is expected to follow the week of July 5. This will be the final budget for the Obama administration and an important demonstration of congressional priorities on current global development and humanitarian relief challenges.

GIS Mapping Technology for Humanitarian Relief

Nestled between the Truong Son mountains and the South China Sea, Quang Ngai Province is like much of Vietnam’s lush and untouched rural landscapes in that it is largely unmapped. Almost 8,000 miles away at the American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, D.C., thousands of mapping volunteers or “armchair mappers” have been working diligently to change this. By tracing satellite imagery and adding features such as roads, hospitals, and rivers, volunteers are able to help create maps of some of the world’s most vulnerable people and places.

Meet InterAction's 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award Recipient: David Beckmann

Every year, InterAction presents the Julia Vadala Taft Outstanding Leadership Award to an individual whose career and vision has transcended his or her own organization by raising the influence and profile of the U.S. NGO sector as a whole. 

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At a Glance: Member Insights on Proposed FY2018 Budget

On Tuesday, May 23 the White House released its budget plan for fiscal year 2018, which proposed slashing funding for effective, life-saving programs that help create a safer and more secure world. InterAction joined 82 member organizations in a statement calling on members of Congress to sustain support for a robust International Affairs budget in FY2018. See more information on InterAction's recommendations for funding poverty-fighting accounts in Choose to Invest FY2018.

 

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