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Africa

People are starving in East Africa — again — as the world looks away

January 16, 2017 by Robyn Dixon Los Angeles Times

Humanitarian groups are growing increasingly concerned about two hunger emergencies unfolding in East Africa -- one caused by drought, the other by war. Millions of people in Ethiopia and South Sudan are short on food, international agencies say, ...

Devganga Sawra, seen here with his wife Sunder and younger son, holds an image of their son Vishwarnam, who died of malnutrition in September. Photograph: Vidhi Doshi/The Guardian
January 16, 2017
Devganga Sawra, seen here with his wife Sunder and younger son, holds an image of their son Vishwarnam, who died of malnutrition in September. Photograph: Vidhi Doshi/The Guardian

Asia

‘We had nothing to give him’: the human cost of malnutrition in Maharashtra

by Vidi Doshi The Guardian

Two months after his second birthday, Vishwarnam Sawra died in his mother’s arms, one of thousands of young lives lost to malnutrition in the Indian state of Maharashtra after years of drought and withdrawal of state nutrition schemes. The most ...

On 6 May 2016 in Yemen, a baby is screened for malnutrition at the UNICEF- supported Al-Jomhouri Hospital in Sa’ada. Photo: UNICEF/UN026928/Al-Zekri
January 14, 2017
On 6 May 2016 in Yemen, a baby is screened for malnutrition at the UNICEF- supported Al-Jomhouri Hospital in Sa’ada. Photo: UNICEF/UN026928/Al-Zekri

Asia

Threat of famine looms in Yemen

by Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service

Millions of Yemenis could soon face widespread famine if no action is taken to improve food access through humanitarian or trade means, an early warning system has said. Up to eight million Yemenis are severely food insecure while another 2 million a...

January 9, 2017
Vertical farming can allow former cropland to go back to nature and reverse the plundering of the earth. Illustration: Bruce McCall/ The New Yorker

Agriculture & Nutrition

The Vertical Farm: Growing crops in the city, without soil or natural light.

by Ian Frazier The New Yorker

Today in the U.S., vertical farms of various designs and sizes exist in Seattle, Detroit, Houston, Brooklyn, Queens, and near Chicago, among other places....

United States

USAID Administrator Gayle Smith’s Exit Memo to President Obama

January 7, 2017 by Gayle Smith USAID

Read about what outgoing USAID Administrator Gayle Smith wrote to President Obama in her exit memo and find out what her recommendations for USAID are....

January 5, 2017
Rajiv J. Shah held philanthropic leadership posts with U.S.A.I.D. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Photo: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

United States

Rockefeller Foundation Picks Rajiv J. Shah, a Trustee, as President

by David Gelles The New York Times

Rajiv J. Shah was named the new President of the Rockefeller Foundation.  Previously he served as the Administrator of USAID.  The appointment will make Mr. Shah one of the most powerful forc...

Residents of an IDP camp in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo receive food rations distributed by WFP. Photo: WFP
December 30, 2016
Residents of an IDP camp in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo receive food rations distributed by WFP. Photo: WFP

Africa

The Grinch’s not-so-festive guide to food ration cuts

by Obi Anyadike IRIN

It’s been a hard year for the most vulnerable among us. This is partly due to tightening aid budgets, but it’s also the result of there simply being so many more people in crisis who need help. See full report at...

December 28, 2016
Feeding Children Everywhere CEO Dave Green shows the Fed 40 mobile app at the organization Longwood headquarters on Friday, November 11, 2016. (Photo: Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel)

United States

Nonprofit seeks to end hunger with mobile app

by Kate Santich Orlando Sentinel

Feeding Children Everywhere quietly launched its free "Fed 40" app in early November as a pilot program. Available through the App Store and Google Play, it allows users living in designated low-income areas to request food for up to 40 meals by sub...

December 27, 2016
Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and FAO’s Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific addresses a conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Asia has halved hunger rates in the past quarter century, but because of westernized lifestyles, obesity is skyrocketing and people aren’t getting enough vitamins and minerals, according to a new UN report. (Photo: Dake Kang/AP)

Asia

UN says dairy a potential ally in Asian nutrition challenges

by Dake Kang The Associated Press

In a recent report, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said that even as Asia makes clear strides in taming hunger and famine, the rapidly modernizing continent needs to focus more on diversifying diet, with milk having the potential to help....

December 27, 2016
A young boy on a farm in Afghanistan Photo: Cpl. Jeffrey Scarmazzi/US Marine Corps

Asia

Is the Hunger Challenge in Asia-Pacific Going Unnoticed?

by Meha Pumbay The Diplomat

The FAO recently published a report about the Asia-Pacific region’s troubles in achieving zero hunger by 2030, a Sustainable Development Goal. Hunger has increased in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Pumbay explores these countries...

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