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A malnourished baby receives treatment at al-Sabaeen hospital in Sana’a. A total of 6.8 million people are in a state of emergency in Yemen, where a food crisis is causing widespread malnutrition. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)

Yemen at ‘point of no return’ as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine

by Les Roopanarine, Patrick Wintour, Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Ahmad Algohbary The Guardian March 16, 2017

New figures released by UN indicate 17 million people facing severe food insecurity in Yemen. Full Report: http://www.ipcinfo.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ipcinfo/docs/IPC_Yemen_AcuteFI_Situation_March-July2017_ENversion.pdf...

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
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

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

by Vidi Doshi The Guardian January 16, 2017

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 valuable thing in Devganga Sawra’s hut is a memo...

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
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

Threat of famine looms in Yemen

by Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service January 14, 2017

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 are facing food insecurity at emergency levels, jus...

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)

UN says dairy a potential ally in Asian nutrition challenges

by Dake Kang The Associated Press December 27, 2016

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....

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

Is the Hunger Challenge in Asia-Pacific Going Unnoticed?

by Meha Pumbay The Diplomat December 27, 2016

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....

Indian villagers queuing outside a bank as they waited to deposit and exchange 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in Hanuman Ganj village on the outskirts of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Photo: Sanjay Kanojia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Indian villagers queuing outside a bank as they waited to deposit and exchange 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in Hanuman Ganj village on the outskirts of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.  Photo: ©  Sanjay Kanojia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Indians rush frantically to launder their black money

by Geeta Anand New York Times November 28, 2016

MUMBAI, India — Indians’ ingenuity is being mightily tested as they rush to save their “black money,” stashes of hundreds of thousands, even millions, of rupees they have accumulated without paying taxes. "...

The Indian 1000 rupee note that must be exchanged for new currency. Photo: Government of India
The Indian 1000 rupee note that must be exchanged for new currency.  Photo: Government of India

How Narenda Modi of India plans to wipe out black market money

by Geeta Anand New York Times November 28, 2016

In one of the most audacious experiments in India’s modern history, Prime Minister ...

Ginni Mahi at her home with a Punjabi folk instrument called a “thumbi.” Photo: Rama Lakshmi/The Washington Post
Ginni Mahi at her home with a Punjabi folk instrument called a “thumbi.” A new song, Danger Chamar, flaunting her caste pride has become something of an anthem for many young people in India’s marginalized lower caste communities. Photo: Rama Lakshmi/The Washington Post

Lower caste Indian singer embraces centuries-old slur. Caste pride is driving her success.

by Rita Lakshimi Washington Post October 9, 2016

JALANDHAR, India — For centuries in India, the hateful slur was hurled at the lower caste community of leather tanners, regarded as “untouchables.” Now the younger generation in the community is embracing the word: “chamar.” See full story at ...

A dam along the Cauvery river. Photo: Thangaraj Kumaravel
A dam along the Cauvery river. When drought occurs there is not enough river water for all who use it, leading to disputes.  This picture of the Grand Anaicut dam in Tamil Nadu state was taken in 2012, when water levels were higher.  Photo:   © Thangaraj Kumaravel

Why water war has broken out in India’s Silicon Valley

by T.S. Sudhir BBC September 15, 2016

Violence has broken out in India's technology hub Bangalore in Karnataka state over a long-running dispute about water. Protesters are angry at a Supreme Court ruling ordering Karnataka to share water from the Cauvery river with neighboring Tamil Nadu....

Photo: © Farid Ahmed/IRIN
A farmer inspects his flood-damaged rice crop in Manikanj District.  Farmers who’ve lost crops are unable to pay back loans, but must borrow more to prepare for the next growing season. Government assistance is totally inadequate to address the problem.  Photo: ©  Farid Ahmed/IRIN (Click to see larger photo.)

Bangladeshi farmers drown in debt as floods destroy crops

by Farid Ahmed IRIN September 10, 2016

Months of flooding have wiped out entire villages and crops in Bangladesh, pushing farmers deeper into a cycle of debt that they can’t escape without more government help. About 4.2 million people have been affected by flooding in at least 19 districts since July, according to the government and a...

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