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January 19, 2017

Agriculture & Nutrition

Microbiome experts to speak at World Economic Forum

by Melanie Cordova Cornell Chronicle

Three Cornell University faculty members are presenting ideas about tiny things to a gathering of influential thought leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. Microbiomes, the combined genetic material of microorganisms in a  parti...

January 19, 2017
Universal access to global agriculture data will improve food security policies, say campaigners

Agriculture & Nutrition

Open data aims to boost food security prospects

by Mark Kinver, Environment Reporter BBC BBC.Com

Rothamsted Research, a leading agricultural research institution, is attempting to make data from long-term experiments available to all. In partnership with a data consultancy, is it developing a method to make c...

The wake for Jenniffer Discargar, who was killed near Manila by masked gunmen in October. Photo: Moises Saman/Magnum, for The New York Times
January 19, 2017
The wake for Jenniffer Discargar, who was killed near Manila by masked gunmen in October. Photo: Moises Saman/Magnum, for The New York Times

Asia

President Duterte’s list

by Patrick Symmes New York Times

He has the names of more than a million supposed drug dealers and corrupt officials in the Philippines. In this violent new drug war, who is determining who dies? President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines waved a th...

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...

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