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September 24, 2018
Photo: Despite the UN goal to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger globally, Africa’s senior citizens are finding themselves cornered with destitution. [Jeffrey Moyo / IPS]

Global

Climate Change Undermining Global Efforts to Eradicate Hunger

by Thalif Deen Inter Press Service NewsAgency

Along with military conflicts and global economic meltdowns, climate change is a driving force in the rise in global hunger while extreme weather, land degradation, desertification, water scarcity and rising sea levels—are collectively undermining ...

Global

United Nations, World Bank, and Humanitarian Organizations Launch Innovative Partnership to End Famine

September 23, 2018 by Kristina Nwazota World Bank Group

The United Nations, World Bank, International Committee of the Red Cross, Microsoft Corp., Google and Amazon Web Services today announced an unprecedented global partnership to prevent future famines....

September 21, 2018
Eight of the 20 nations with the fastest rising rates of adult obesity in the world are in Africa © Bloomberg

Africa

Rising obesity in Africa reflects a broken global food system

by Rajiv Shah Financial Times

When I visited Kigali, Rwanda’s capital last week, I noticed an array of new fast food restaurants downtown. This is not an exception — chains such as Burger King, Pizza Hut and KFC are proliferating across Africa. Meanwhile, obesity rates are sk...

September 18, 2018
Photo: Dan Giusti (middle) at a cooking “throwdown” at a school in New London, Connecticut. Winter Caplanson/Connecticut Food and Farm

United States

Can This Chef Solve the Problem of School Lunch?

by Sophie Haigney City Lab

School lunch is a problem that, so far, no one has really solved. Is it possible to cook for hundreds or thousands of kids, with only about $1.25 per head (after labor and equipment costs), following guidelines that mandate exact proportions of prote...

September 18, 2018
Photo: A mother carries her sick baby at a camp for displaced persons in Bama, Borno state, Nigeria, in August. [Reuters]

Africa

Extreme Poverty Concentrates in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Betsy McKay and Gabriele Steinhauser The Wall Street Journal

The number of people living in extreme poverty is becoming concentrated in some of the most unstable and populous parts of Africa, raising the risk of political violence and devastating disease outbreaks....

September 18, 2018
Photo: A severely malnourished infant is bathed in a bucket in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. [Hammadi Issa/AP]

Middle East

Isolated and unseen, Yemenis eat leaves to stave off famine

by Maggie Michael AP News

In a remote pocket of northern Yemen, many families with starving children have nothing to eat but the leaves of a local vine, boiled into a sour, acidic green paste. International aid agencies have been caught off guard by the extent of the sufferin...

Africa

[OP-ED] SURPLUS FOOD: A WEAPON AGAINST HUNGER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

September 17, 2018 by Thabisa Mkhwanazi Eyewitness News

Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC Africa’s director for public affairs, writes that quick-service restaurants in South Africa need to do more to eliminate food waste and help communities eliminate hunger....

Global

We have more than enough calories, but what about other nutrients?

September 17, 2018 by Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems Phys.org

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh published "the first study to quantitatively map the flow of energy, protein, fat, essential amino acids and micronutrients from 'field-to-fork' at a global level and identify hotspots where nutrients are ...

Global

World hunger levels rise for third year running: U.N.

September 14, 2018 by Thin Lei Win Reuters

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World hunger rose in 2017 for a third consecutive year, fueled by conflict and climate change, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, jeopardizing a global goal to end the scourge by 2030....

September 14, 2018
Save the Children said more than 300,000 children will die in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where nutrition programmes have an 8% funding shortfall. Image Source: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images

Global

Starvation: a weapon of war that could kill 590,000 children by the end of 2018

by Karen McVeigh The Guardian

Starvation being used as a weapon of war has become the new normal, according to Save the Children. Its analysis shows more than half a million infants in conflict zones could die of malnutrition by the end of the year if they do not receive treatmen...

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