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A child in South Sudan where conflict has dramatically worsened food insecurity. ©UNPhoto/JCMcIlwaine
July 29, 2016
A child in South Sudan where conflict has dramatically worsened food insecurity. ©UNPhoto/JCMcIlwaine

Global

Protracted conflicts causing alarming spikes in severe hunger

by World Food Program and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Briefs for UN Security Council highlight how millions of people remain trapped in a vicious cycle of violence and hunger...

United States

America wastes $160 billion in food every year but is too busy to stop

July 27, 2016 by Amrith Ramkumar Bloomberg

The good news? At least half of us know it’s a problem....

Photo: Mississippi Department of Human Services
July 23, 2016
Photo: Mississippi Department of Human Services

United States

After 20 years, TANF provides little to poor families

by Ife Floyd Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Twenty years after Temporary Assistance for Needy Families’ (TANF) inception, few poor families actually receive c...

President Obama. Photo: ©Reuters
July 21, 2016
Photo: ©Reuters

United States

Obama will ensure his global development policy outlasts his presidency

by Juliet Eilperin Washington Post

President Obama signed legislation Wednesday that will ensure one of his hallmark development policies — leveraging private-sector support to advance agricultural operations in Africa — lasts beyond his time in office....

Nearly half the children in drought-stricken South Madagascar are malnourished. Photo: ©Miriam Gathigah/IPS
July 21, 2016
Nearly half the children in drought-stricken South Madagascar are malnourished. Photo: ©Miriam Gathigah/IPS

Africa

Malagasy children bear brunt of severe drought

by Miriam Gathigah Inter Press Service

Voahevetse Fotetse can easily pass for a three-year-old even though he is six and a pupil at Ankilimafaitsy Primary School in Ambovombe district, Androy region, one of the most severely affected by the ongoing drought in the South of Madagascar. “F...

African Water Bank technicians put the final touches on a water storage tank at a homestead in the Duka Moja area of Narok County, Kenya. Photo: Justus Wanzala/IPS
July 21, 2016
African Water Bank technicians put the final touches on a water storage tank at a homestead in the Duka Moja area of Narok County, Kenya. Photo: Justus Wanzala/IPS

Africa

Large scale rainwater harvesting eases scarcity in Kenya

by Justus Wanzala Inter Press Service

Rainwater harvesting in Kenya and other places is hardly new. But in this water-stressed country, where two-thirds of the land is arid or semiarid, the quest for a lasting solution to water scarcity has driven useful innovations in this age-old pract...

Photo: World Food Programme/Ricardo Franco
July 19, 2016

Global

Food security of developing countries expected to improve through 2026 as food prices fall and incomes rise

by Stacey Rosen, Karen Thome, and Birgit Meade USDA ERS

According to price projections from USDA Agricultural Projections to 2025 and income projections from ERS’s International Macroeconomic Data Set, food prices will drop and income levels will rise over the next decade. Under these assumptio...

Mayak is a small settlement close to the frontline, which stretches across Blue Nile. Just outside town, a path leads to a wide, dry riverbed. Groups of people — mostly women and kids — are spread out, each under a different patch of shade. Ayak sits with a snoozing baby, her children scampering nearby. Photo: IRIN
July 18, 2016
Mayak is a small settlement close to the frontline, which stretches across Blue Nile. Just outside town, a path leads to a wide, dry riverbed. Groups of people — mostly women and kids — are spread out, each under a different patch of shade. Ayak sits with a snoozing baby, her children scampering nearby.  Her husband, a rebel soldier, was killed in battle. “I am really suffering,” she says. “Maybe, if he was here, we could share this burden together.”  Photo: IRIN

Africa

Blue Nile—Sudan’s forgotten front

by Amanda Sperber, Ashley Hamer, Alex Pritz, Will Miller, and Ross Martin IRIN News

Eclipsed by the media coverage of Darfur and South Sudan, a little-known rebellion lingers in the southeastern corner of Sudan. The roots of the conflict are long and winding, but for the civilians caught in the midst of Blue Nile's insurgency the ef...

Refugees displaced by conflict. Photo: Jared Ferrie/IPS
July 17, 2016
Over two million South Sudanese have been displaced by ongoing conflict. Photo: Jared Ferrie/IPS

Africa

Five years after independence, South Sudan faces myriad challenges

by Lyndal Rowlands Inter Press Service

South Sudan has a population of just over 11 million people, 2.3 million of whom have fled their homes due to ongoing violence. About 1.61 million South Sudanese are displaced within South Sudan, and over 720,000 have sought refuge in neigbouring c...

United Nations peacekeepers from Rwanda wait for orders at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal, South Sudan on Thursday. Photo: Jane Hahn/The Washington Pos
July 17, 2016
United Nations peacekeepers from Rwanda wait for orders at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal, South Sudan on Thursday. Photo: Jane Hahn/The Washington Post)

Africa

In South Sudan, bodies are being counted as peace accord appears to unravel

by Kevin Sieff and Max Bearak Washington Post

Even though the fighting that tore through the capital  had mostly stopped, many of the 45,000 people who fled the clashes searched for food and water, often without success. The United Nations had reached a critical shortage of basic aid supplies, ...

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