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This is the Domiz camp in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region. 1.6 million refugees living in countries nearby Syria had the per-capita ­ration allowance cut from $27 to $19 a month in December, and the amount will be reduced to $13.50 a month soon — half the calculated minimum that the refugees need to survive. Photo: IRIN News

UN slashes food aid to Syrian refugees

by Liz Sly Washington Post July 1, 2015

By Liz Sly July 1, 2015 BEIRUT — The United Nations said Wednesday that it is slashing food aid for Syrians because of funding shortfalls that are already deepening the suffering of millions of refugees from their country’s protracted civil wa...

This Sept. 4, 2012 photo provided by the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee shows Sir Fazle Hasan during a visit to the BRAC School in the Karail slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo: Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee via AP)

Bangladesh poverty group founder wins World Food Prize

by David Pitt AP July 1, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man who created a nonprofit organization credited with helping more than 150 million people out of poverty was named the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize on Wednesday....

The first 1000 days

by Elizabeth Whelan Myanmar Times June 22, 2015

Conception to age two provides a once-in-a-lifetime ‘window of opportunity’ for mother-and-child nutrition. The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) launched a short video in Yangon on the importance of good nutrition in a child’s fi...

North Korea says it’s facing its worst drought in a century

by Choe Sang-hun New York Times June 17, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea is in the midst of a severe drought, its state news agency reported, raising fears of worsening food shortages in the impoverished country, where child malnutrition is a persistent problem....

Tribal women collect bundles of “broom grass” from the hill slopes of the Niyamgiri range in Odisha, India Photo: Manip;adma Jena/IPS

Lessons from an Indian tribe on how to manage the food-forest nexus

by Manipadma Jena Inter Press Service May 19, 2015

RAYAGADA, India, May 19 2015 (IPS) - Scattered across 240 sq km on the remote Niyamgiri hill range in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, an ancient tribal group known as the Dongria Kondh have earned themselves a reputation as trailblazers....

In India, close to a million Dalit women work as manual scavengers: labourers who are forced to empty out dry latrines with their bare hands. Photo: Neeta Lal/IPS

In India, a broken system leaves a ‘broken’ people powerless

by Neeta Lal Inter Press Service May 8, 2015

As India paid glowing tributes to Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the architect of its constitution and a champion of the downtrodden, on his 124nd birth anniversary last month, public attention also swivelled to the glaring social and economic discriminatio...

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