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UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet Maria Cheng  Associated Press/Myway March 4, 2015  

Mandating food insecurity: The global impacts of rising biofuel mandates and targets Timothy A. Wise and Emily Cole Global Development and Environmental Institute at Tufts University March 4, 2015

Lester Brown: 'Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger.' Over his 50-year career, Lester Brown has become known for his accurate global environmental predictions. As he enters retirement, he warns the world may face the worst hunger crisis of our lifetimes. Suzanne Goldenberg The Guardian February 24, 2015  

The 25-cent raise: What life is like after a minimum wage increase  Chico Harlan Washington Post February 17, 2015

Walmart raising wages to at least $9 Hiroko Tabuchi New York Times February 19, 2015 As Walmart gives raises, other employers may have to go above minimum wage Neil Irwin New York Times February 20, 2015

A ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades, NASA researchers say Darryl Fears Washington Post February 12, 2015

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) costs declining, expected to fall much further. trend reflects recent benefit reduction and lower caseloads  Dottie Rosenbaum and Brynne Keith-Jennings Center on Budget and Policy Priorities February 9, 2015 See full report (10 page PDF file)

This is a May 28, 1963, file photograph of a sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Miss., where whites poured sugar, ketchup and mustard over heads of the demonstrators. Seated at the counter, from left, are John Salter, Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. Moody, whose memoir “Coming of Age in Mississippi” gave a wrenching account of growing up poor in the segregated South and facing violence as a civil rights activist, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at her home in the small town Gloster, Mississippi. She was 74. (Jackson Daily News, Fred Blackwell, File/Associated Press)

Anne Moody, Mississippi civil rights activist, dies at 74 Associated Press Washington Post February 7, 2015  

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CURRENT EDITORIALS, OPINION, AND LETTERS

From famine to feast in 40 years: Policy matters Shenggen Fan Huff Post March 3, 2015

Legal mobilization: A critical first step in addressing economic and social rights Shareen Hertel Open Democracy February 26, 2015  Also see Hunger Notes special report Food as a Human Right

What to do about "grand corruption? An estimated $17.6 trillion in murky money is held in tax havens, unidentified bank accounts or shell companies around the world — some of it acquired illegally through corruption, crime or tax evasion. Celestine Bohlen New York Times February 23, 2015  ee HN special report Harmful economic systems: Obtaining income

Milking taxpayers: As crop prices fall, farmers grow subsidies instead The Economist February 14, 2015

Ministers must answer to Nigerian land-grab investments Chris Walker Pambazuka News February 12, 2015  See HN special repport: Trade and Hunger

What is the purpose of society? Mark Bittman New York Times February 11, 2014

Hidden hunger: America’s growing malnutrition epidemic Barbara Bush and Hugh Welsh The Guardian February 10, 2015

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Struggling to cope: IDPs in Maiduguri. Photo: Obinna Anyadike/IRIN

 Struggling to cope: IDPs in Maiduguri. Photo: Obinna Anyadike/IRIN

Boko Haram violence displaces 1.2 million Nigerians Obinna Anyadike IRIN News March 4, 2015

Mothers and newborns at a hospital in Gurgaon, India. A greater percentage of Indian mothers are underweight than are mothers in far poorer countries. Photo: Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

Mothers and newborns at a hospital in Gurgaon, India. A greater percentage of Indian mothers are underweight than are mothers in far poorer countries. Photo: Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

Study says pregnant women in India are dangerously underweight Gardiner Harris New York Times March 3, 2015

A termite mound in Kenya. Such mounds can reach 30 feet high and 80 feet across. Phoro: G. Sosio/De Agostini, via Getty Images

A termite mound in Kenya. Such mounds can reach 30 feet high and 80 feet across. Phoro: G. Sosio/De Agostini, via Getty Images

Termites: Guardians of the soil Natalie Angier New York Times March 2, 2015

Refugee tent in Iraq. Photo: Cathy Otten/IRIN

More than 2.2million Iraqis have been displaced from their homes since January 2014. Photo: Cathy Otten/IRIN

Emergency aid projects in Iraq face closure due to funding shortfall IRIN News February 18, 2015

A protest against rising food prices in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad in July 2014. (Amit Dave/Reuters)

Where and why food prices lead to social upheaval Cullen S. Hendrix and Stephan M. Haggard Washington Post February 22, 2015

Beatrice Alvitsa holds a bag of cement: higher millet yields are enabling her to rebuild her home in Kenya. Photo: Mark Anderson/The Guardian

Beatrice Alvitsa holds a bag of cement: higher millet yields are enabling her to rebuild her home in Kenya. Photo: Mark Anderson/The Guardian

Battle to feed the world pits small farmers against big agriculture. Do small-scale farmers hold the key to fulfilling global goals on hunger and poverty? Or can they only be achieved by large-scale agriculture? Mark Anderson The Guardian February 19, 2015

Sundown’s fading light shows the destruction in the Sha’af neighborhood of Gaza City after the summer war between Israel and Hamas. Photo: Heidi Levine/Washington Post

Sundown’s fading light shows the destruction in the Sha’af neighborhood of Gaza City after the summer war between Israel and Hamas. Photo: Heidi Levine/Washington Post

War punishes Gaza. Half a year after devastating hostilities, life in the region seems worse than ever. Thousands remain displaced, internal violence is increasing – and Hamas is preparing for battle. William Booth Washington Post February 13, 2015

Building in the city of Hefei next to surrounding fields – as China’s urbanisation continues at breakneck speed, will its agrarian resources be hit? Photograph: AFP/Getty Image

Building in the city of Hefei next to surrounding fields – as China’s urbanisation continues at breakneck speed, will its agrarian resources be hit? Photograph: AFP/Getty Image

China's urban sprawl raises key question: can it feed its people? Plans for air hub twice the size of Heathrow will destroy hundreds of farms near Beijing as observers warn unchecked urbanisation will affect food production Jonathan Kaiman The Guardian February 15, 2015

Former movie star Jayalalitha Jayaram, pictured in graffiti, was convicted on corruption charges and forced to step down. Photo Annie Gowen/Washington Post

Former movie star Jayalalitha Jayaram, pictured in graffiti, was convicted on corruption charges and forced to step down. She continues to run the government even though she has not left her house since she was released on bail in October. Photo: Annie Gowen/The Washington Post

Ex movie star and convicted politician still running her Indian state Annie Gowen Washington Post February 16, 2015   See HN special report Harmful economic systems: Obtaining income

Orange-fleshed sweet potato, shown here.  is high in beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body. Photograph: Felicity Cloake

Orange-fleshed sweet potato is high in beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body. In sub-Saharan Africa most locally grown varieties are white-fleshed, hence no beta-carotene, and people, as yet, still prefer the white-fleshed varieties. Photograph: Felicity Cloake

Magic mash: reducing child malnutrition with sweet potatoes. A project to introduce orange-fleshed Vitamin-A-rich sweet potatoes to sub-Saharan Africa can improve child health. But can local eating habits be changed? Ian Low The Guardian February 18, 2015

 Smallholder farmers in Africa are struggling with the effects of climate change. Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images

Smallholder farmers in Africa are struggling with the effects of climate change. Photograph: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images

Creating a fertile future for farmers in Africa. What are the most effective ways of encouraging the development of smallholder farming? Diversification, training and working with the private sector are key Frederika Whitehead The Guardian February 13, 2015

Pope Francis is seen on a giant screen during his video address to a session of 500 experts

Pope Francis is seen on a giant screen during his video address to a session of 500 experts drafting the so-called Milan Charter that seeks commitments from governments, organizations and individuals to resolve such issues as food security, decreasing food waste and ensuring biodiversity in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 7, 2015. Pope Francis emphasized the right to food as fundamental saying the paradox of abundance described by Pope John Paul II -- whereby there is food for everyone yet not everyone can eat -- continues to be an issue. Photo: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Pope addresses right to food in talk to 500 experts Colleen Barry Associated Press February 7, 2015  See HN special report The right to food

The Dominion Farms’ land grab in Nigeria Global Justice Now January 2015 See  full report (8 page PDF) See Ministers must answer to Nigerian land-grab investments Chris Walker Pambazuka News February 12, 2015  See HN special repport: Trade and Hunger

With pollinator declines, millions at risk of malnutrition Seed Daily January 28, 2015   See research article Do pollinators contribute to nutritional health? PLoSONE April 2014

LATEST FOOD EMERGENCY, HUMANITARIAN CRISIS,  AND REFUGEE NEWS

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BOOKS
When Women Florish....We Can End Hunger Bread for the World Institute January 31, 2015
Empire of Cotton: A Global History Swen Beckert
Reviewed by Daniel Walker Howe Washington Post January 11, 2015
The Fortunes of Africa:  A 5000 Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor Martin Meredith 
Reviewed by Howard W. French Washington Post January 2, 2015
All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn Jason Sokol
Reviewed by David Levering Lewis New York Times January 9, 2015
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