Opinion

Addressing malnutriton Reps.

by Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) The Hill October 7, 2014

Malnutrition is the largest single contributor to child mortality worldwide, and according to the World Health Organization is the underlying cause of death for at least 3 million children every year. As the United States continues its efforts to help end world hunger and poverty, we must address the fundamental problem of malnutrition. ...

Census data show the economy strengthened in 2013, but too slowly to improve the living standards of many middle- and low-income Americans

by Robert Greenstein Center for Budget and Policy Priorities September 16, 2014

Today’s Census data provide fresh evidence that the economy strengthened in 2013, but too slowly to improve the living standards of many middle- and low-income Americans. Median household income did not rise significantly and remained 8.0 percent (or $4,497) below its level in 2007, before the Great Recession — and 8.6 percent below its level in 2000, before the 2001 recession. ...

CAR: A forgotten crisis at the heart of Africa: Though it scarcely makes headlines, the Central African Republic’s vicious civil war has created a sickening humanitarian crisis

by Nathalie Baptiste Foreign Policy In Focus September 10, 2014

Take a look at the World section of nearly any mainstream news outlet and the main story will be Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, or Gaza—all of which are suffering acutely from their respective conflicts. Yet even together they hardly enjoy a monopoly on gruesome civil wars or protracted refugee crises. ...

Why Asia is probably poorer than we think: Asia’s ‘success’ in reducing poverty uses a flawed system for measuring income and ignores food insecurity

by Jayati Ghosh The Guardian September 9, 2014

The first target of the first millennium development goal (MDG) is to halve extreme poverty. It has been interpreted in terms of income poverty alone, relying on counting people living below the arbitrary global poverty line of $1.25 per day. According to this measure, there has been a global reduction of income poverty that indicates the target has already been met. ...

The human toll of offshoring

by Joe Nocera New York Times September 1, 2014

The subtitle of Beth Macy’s new book, “Factory Man” — “How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local, and Helped Save an American Town” — gives every impression that it is going to be an upbeat read, a capitalistic feel-good story. ...

Africans’ land rights at risk as new agricultural trend sweeps continent

by Janah Ncube Inter Press Service September 1, 2014

NAIROBI, Sep 1 2014 (IPS) - Agriculture in Africa is in urgent need of investment. Nearly 550 million people there are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, while half of the total population on the continent live in rural areas. ...

Saving our birds

by John W. Fitzpatrick New York Times August 29, 2014

ITHACA, N.Y. — THE passenger pigeon is among the most famous of American birds, but not because of its beauty, or its 60-mile-an-hour flight speed. Nor is it a cherished symbol of our great country. ...

Nutrition and health: The opportunity cost of opportunities lost

by Joel Spicer Devex July 23, 2014

Despite significant progress made in child survival responses, millions of children under the age of five continue to die from preventable causes, with malnutrition contributing to 45 percent of those deaths. For those who live, one quarter — approximately 165 million children — suffer from stunting, one of the most measurable signs of malnutrition. ...

Food justice is about more than food security and nutrition

by Geoff Tansey Devex July 23, 2014

We need fundamental change in the food system that has developed in the rich world, particularly in the last 75 years or so. ...

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