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September 19, 2017
Photo: Stephanie Sakho and her son, Momo, 1, near their Southwest Philadelphia home (Elizabeth Robertson)

United States

Childhood hunger in North Philadelphia more than triples in 10 years

by Alfred Lubrano The Philadelphia Inquirer

Childhood hunger in North Philadelphia increased from 3.1% in 2006 to 9.7% in 2016, compared to 8.8% for all US children. Working families struggled with rising housing costs and flat wages in a city where 26 percent of all residents live in poverty,...

September 19, 2017
Photo: Civil Eats Website

Agriculture & Nutrition

5 Ways Schools Can Boost the Local Food Economy

by Maggie Tauranac Ecocentric via Civil Eats

This post discusses five different ways that schools can increase the amount of locally procured food they serve students, despite the hurdles of cost and logistics....

September 19, 2017
Poor diets can lead to early death.  Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Global

Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths, global disease study reveals

by Sarah Boseley, Health Editor The Guardian

Malnutrition is due to eating poorly; eating the wrong amounts and kinds of foods - either overeating, and under-eating. A recent comprehensive study done by the the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, compi...

September 18, 2017
Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger (sdgfund.org)

Global

‘Alarm bells we cannot ignore’: world hunger rising for first time this century

by Karen McVeigh The Guardian

A report by five UN Agencies shows that world hunger rose in 2016, largely due to conflict and climate-related shocks. “If you look at the 815 million [chronically undernourished] people, 489 million or 60% of them are located in countries affecte...

September 17, 2017
Mrs. da Silva and other vendors like her make regular deliveries for Nestlé to a quarter of a million households in Brazil. (Photo: William Daniels/NYT)

Agriculture & Nutrition

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

by Andrew Jacobs and Matt Richtel The New York Times

For a growing number of nutritionists, the obesity epidemic is inextricably linked to the sales of packaged foods, which grew 25 percent worldwide from 2011 to 2016...Brazil is a microcosm....

September 12, 2017
People lining up for food at The Free Store in Wellington, New Zealand (Benjamin Johnson)

Global

How a Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food Waste and Hunger in New Zealand

by Rina Diane EcoWatch

The Free Store is a nonprofit organization that redistributes surplus food from local businesses in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, to those in need: redistributing an estimated 800 to 1,500 food items each weeknight, averaging about 250,000...

September 10, 2017
Consecutive climate shocks have resulted in back-to-back droughts, leaving scarce pasture for livestock and more than 8.5 million people in need of food assistance. (Photo: FAO)

Africa

Hunger crises will escalate unless we invest more in addressing root causes, say UN food agency chiefs on visit to drought-hit Ethiopia

by FAO

Speaking at the conclusion of a visit to Ethiopia, the heads of the United Nations food agencies made a joint call for greater investment in long-term activities that strengthen people's resilience to drought and the impacts of climate shocks....

September 6, 2017
Graphic: Prevalence of Hunger by State (United States Department of Agriculture)

United States

Report: Hunger in U.S. Drops to Lowest in a Decade

by Alan Bjerga Bloomberg

Annual USDA report shows the number of people facing hunger in the U.S. declined last year to the lowest since 2007 as unemployment fell and some states strengthened child-nutrition programs....

September 5, 2017
Photo: Volunteers assemble Bite2Go bags (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

United States

Pilot project promotes food security at schools

by Treva Lind The Spokesman-Review

A 3-year pilot project measured the impact of providing targeted outreach on-site to elementary school students and families using mobile food banks and nutritional programs....

September 4, 2017
Photo: Could a bot lighten the load? (Reuters/Isaac Billy)

Global

World Food Programme using chatbots to monitor hunger in hard-to-reach areas

by Lynsey Chutel Quartz

The UN’s World Food Program (WFP), has been experimenting with text and Facebook messenger chatbots to monitor food insecurity in hard-to-reach areas, turning smartphones and social media into lifelines for the most vulnerable of refugees....

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