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Child being weighed by health care worker to see if the child may be malnourished. ©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPA
February 21, 2017

Global

Famine: what does it really mean and how do aid workers treat it?

by Imogen Wall The Guardian

Famine looms in Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia. The horrible, medieval fate of starving to death is once again a 21st-century reality. But what does the word famine actually mean and how do aid workers treat it? For aid workers, famine is...

February 19, 2017
A woman uses a stone grinder to make flour in her house in the mountains, in the Jafariya district of the western province of Raymah, Yemen May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

Global

Four famines mean 20 million may starve in the next six months

by Tom Miles Reuters

More than 20 million people - greater than the population of Romania or Florida - risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, U.N. World Food Programme chief economist Arif Husain says. Wars in Yemen, northeastern Nigeri...

February 19, 2017

Global

Why Do We Work So Hard To Hide Hunger?

by Princess Haya bint al Hussein Forbes

A commentary by Princess Haya of Jordan, a humanitarian and UN Messenger of Peace. Each New Year brings with it a feeling of optimism, of hope and of change. Millions of us around the world make resolutions and promises to ourselves: to lose weight...

February 10, 2017
Map: BBC

Africa

Kenyan closure of Dadaab refugee camp blocked by high court

by Staff BBC

The High Court in Kenya has blocked the government's bid to close the largest refugee camp in the world. A directive to shut the Dadaab camp and forcibly repatriate about 260,000 Somali refugees living there was i...

February 10, 2017
The armyworm burrows into cobs (Photo: CABI)

Africa

Fall Armyworm ‘Threatens African Farmers’ Livelihoods’

by Helen Briggs BBC

Scientists are calling for urgent action to halt the spread of a pest that is destroying maize crops and spreading rapidly across Africa. The Food and Agriculture Organization plans emergency talks on the issue....

February 9, 2017
The rusty-patched bumblebee, once common across the continental United States, has been designated an endangered species. (Photo: Clay Bolt)

United States

A Bumblebee Gets New Protection on Obama’s Way Out

by Tatiana Schlossberg & John Schwartz The New York Times

The Obama administration, rushing to secure its environmental legacy, increased protection for the rusty-patched bumblebee. Once common across the continental United States, has been designated an endangered species by the Fish and Wildlife Service...

February 9, 2017
Image: The Chicago Council

Global

A Food Secure Future: Warding Off Instability And Conflict

by Isabel DoCampo The Chicago Council

On February 1, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs launched a new blog series, A Food-Secure Future, to explore the challenges that threaten global food security and the opportunities that exist....

January 28, 2017
A malnourished baby has his temperature checked inside Medicine Sans Frontieres facility near Sheshemene, southern Ethiopia, file. (Photo: Radu Sigheti/Reuters)

Africa

Starvation looms for six million children in Horn of Africa, charity says

by Katy Migiro Reuters

Hunger, malnutrition and death threaten 6.5 million children in the impoverished drylands of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya due to back-to-back droughts,  according to a statement by the charity Save the Children. Spring rains are also predicted to be ...

January 28, 2017
Photo: Columbia University

Global

Early warning, early action: The innovations changing food crisis management

by Richard Choularton Devex

There are many challenges to ending hunger and famine, but food security practitioners are developing innovative solutions that enable earlier and more evidence-based responses to food crises, and help communities build resilience to climate change a...

January 27, 2017
A farmer plants lettuce in Niger: many farmers in Africa are smallholders who don’t have access to technology that could raise their yields. (Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

Africa

For Africa’s farmers it’s government, not big business, that is key

by Oliver Balch The Guardian

Africa’s agriculture sector is on the up, but African farmers still produce far less food per hectare than the world average. Panelists at a Guardian public debate agreed that government, not corporate, leadership is the critical input that agri...

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