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When Food Isn't the Answer to Hunger

When Food Isn't the Answer to Hunger | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
The Obama Administration’s proposal to change an outdated food aid restriction would allow the United States to feed millions more people at the same cost.

   

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...By strengthening and not undercutting local farmers, cash aid also helps countries to avoid hunger later.

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In many places, people go hungry because there is no food. But in a lot of places, food is available and the market is working — people are just too poor to buy it. In those places, giving individuals or charitable groups cash to buy food can make food aid cheaper, faster and fairer. By strengthening and not undercutting local farmers, cash aid also helps countries to avoid hunger later.


   

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...giving individuals or groups cash to buy food can make food aid cheaper, faster and fairer....the United States, the largest donor, is still tied to sending [food]...

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With the exception of one country, every major supplier of humanitarian food aid enjoys the flexibility to use whatever form of aid works best — they can send food, buy food in the affected region, or just provide cash or vouchers. But the United States, the largest donor, is still tied to sending sacks of grain and legumes from America. Only 15 percent of American humanitarian food aid can be untied — bought outside the United States.


Now the Obama administration proposes giving America more flexibility. In the 2014 budget it just submitted to Congress, it is upping the untied amount from 15 percent to 45 percent.


The proposal also modernizes food aid by ending a second great inefficiency: a process known as monetization. And it is planning to ask American companies to provide not just commodities but also super-nutritious foods for the severely malnourished — in general modernizing food aid.


Read the full article here, including the problem in Haiti - why our food donations are disrupting their ability to recover.


Photo:  By Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), Flickr

 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Smart intervention into the food, market & hunger system seems to be the answer.  The US system of subsidy seems to be part of the problem, especially for Haiti and other very poor countries.  ~  D

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Robin Martin's comment, May 18, 2013 10:57 AM
Thanks for sharing Deb...I'm rescooping this one to "leadership." I guess I need the premium version of Scoop.it so I can create more topics!! ; )
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Detroit on the List: 10 US Cities with the Best Job Growth Right Now

Detroit on the List: 10 US Cities with the Best Job Growth Right Now | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"The Career Builder study looked at jobs created in the most most populous metros from 2010 to 2012.  Detroit is number 4 on the list, jobs up 5%."


Great news to see Detroit listed in the #4 spot!  ~  Deb


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...The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top ten.

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“There is a close correlation between the top locations for job growth and the concentration of fast-growing industries in those markets,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, in the study released Wednesday.
 

“Technology hiring is a big contributor for growth in the Bay Area and Raleigh and while Texas cities, Oklahoma and Salt Lake are benefiting from strong oil and gas activity.


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Detroit tops the nation ...as the area that's added the most manufacturing jobs in the country from January 2010 through 2011.

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...The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top ten while healthcare continues to thrive in Phoenix.”


The study looked at jobs created in the most most populous metros from 2010 to 2012.


4. Detroit, Mich.


Jobs added from 2010 through 2012: 92,407 (up 5 percent)


According to a report published by think tank Brookings Institution, Detroit tops the nation — coming second only to Charleston, SC — as the area that's added the most manufacturing jobs in the country from January 2010 through 2011.


Read the full article here.


Deb's comparison of Detroit and Las Vegas is also here:


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The Scary Economics Of Higher Education - Forbes

The Scary Economics Of Higher Education - Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Universities could wind up in the same fix as their students: Too much debt, not enough income to pay it back.

Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

In my own neck of town, there are so many new buildings at the big University, I have lost count.  Now Moody's is talking about what we've already known:  "Every university funding source is under pressure, Moody’s asserts, meaning that all institutions -- even the elites -- need to rethink their business models."   ~  Deb

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, January 17, 2013 10:55 AM

"At the corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan, you can see higher education’s ambitions reaching to the sky. The New School’s 16-story University Center nears completion at a cost of $353 million.


The edifice is impressive. But would you want to hold the mortgage on it? That’s what you have, in effect, if you buy a tax-exempt bond from the New School. Before you invest in debt backed by an educational institution, think about the precarious state of this sector of the economy."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s comment, January 17, 2013 12:28 PM
That's what this quarter's MOOC is about.