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2022 United States Hunger Facts and Statistics

Why is 'food security' the term we use instead of hunger in the U.S.? What do the latest statistics reveal about the challenges families face in securing their next meal? Discover why over 17 million households are food insecure and explore the root causes in our latest fact sheet.

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April 13, 2024


Book Classic: Famine, Conflict and Response by Fred Cuny

Book Classic:  Famine, Conflict and Response:  a Basic Guide By Fred Cuny, with Rick Hill      (West Hartford, CN:  Kumarian Press       1999) This basic, extremely readable text about fami...

February 6, 2024


BOOK REVIEW: The Enduring Struggle: The History of the U.S. Agency for International Development and America’s Uneasy Transformation of the World

by steve hansch

BOOK REVIEW:  The Enduring Struggle:  The History of the U.S. Agency for International Development and America’s Uneasy Transformation of the World, by John Norris.   2021.   Lanham MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Pub...

January 31, 2024


The World Can Feed Itself - It Needs the Will

by Dominic MacSorley Irish Examiner

In this opinion piece, Dominic MacSorley, former CEO of Concern Worldwide  writes from the Sudan about the world hunger situation.   He says: "Gaza and Ukraine have been most prominent in the public eye but they form only a fraction of the 117 mil...

June 10, 2023


In extraordinary move, USAID suspends all food aid to Ethiopia

by Obi Anyadike The New Humanitarian

In an extraordinary move, USAID has suspended all food aid to Ethiopia countrywide due to widespread and systemic corruption by federal and local authorities.  The World Food Programme Director and Deputy Director have both stepped down from their p...

April 23, 2023


The Razor’s Edge: Embezzlement, Corruption and Development in Ethiopia, a Novel (2022)

by WHES board - S Hansch

For anyone interested in learning what development work overseas entails and what work is like, there may be no better introduction than Robert Gurevich’s novel, The Razor’s Edge.  Thinly modeled on his own experiences in Africa,...

March 26, 2023

Conflict and Famine

WORLD FOOD PROGRAM speaks on Feeding those in need

by Link to the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service pbs.org

In this video interview by PBS.org, David Beasley, former Governor of South Carolina, and the outgoing Executive Director of ...

March 21, 2023


WHO Reports 43,000 excess deaths in Somalia, in 2022, due to Drought

by WHO Media World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported the results of a retrospective study commissioned by both their WHO-Somalia office and Unicef's Somalia office.  The study,  conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Imperial C...

Conflict and Famine

Black Sea Grain Initiative, to Expire 18 March 2023, in Peril

March 16, 2023 by UN Media Center UNOCHA

The Black Sea Initiative, the U.N. brokered agreement to export Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea ports is due to expire on Saturday the 18th of March, 2023.  As of 14 March, there was a proposal by the Russians, to shorten the extension from 120 da...

February 22, 2023


"Love and Liberation" Captures Voices of Local Aid Workers in Famine Zone

Lauren Carruth's important 2021 book, Love and Liberation - Humanitarian Work in Ethiopia's Somali Region (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press) fills a gap in the literature about aid programs by listening to th...

February 22, 2023


The Gap in Funding for Programs to Stop Hunger

The nonprofit, Action Against Hunger, February 22, 2023 released their global report "2023 Hunger Funding Gap Report -- What's Needed to Stop the Global Hunger Crisis." It reports that hunger is higher today than any time in recent decades, and th...

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