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Photo: U.N. World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley speaks during an interview in Beijing on Friday. [AP]

U.N. food agency chief says peace deal would help ordinary North Koreans

by Associated Press Japan Times May 13, 2018

A peace agreement with North Korea would go far toward easing the impoverished nation’s chronic food security woes, said David Beasley, head of the United Nations’ World Food Programme. Around 10 million of North Korea’s 25 million people have ...

Only a cohesive action plan can tackle the menacing epidemic of malnutrition and food insecurity in Pakistan

by Dr. Mehreen Mujtaba Arab News May 1, 2018

Dr. Mehreen Mujtaba argues that the government of Pakistan needs to address malnutrition and food insecurity comprehensively. 18 percent of the population in Pakistan is severely undernourished and almost half of the population of Pakistan, around 48...

Rohingya refugees sit as they wait for medical checkup in Samaritan’s Purse diphtheria clinic in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Jan. 21, 2018. [Reuters/Voice of America]

Aid Groups Seek Greater Support for Rohingya Refugees Facing Trauma, Hunger

by Reuters Voice of America April 10, 2018

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are facing serious hunger issues: one quarter of children in the Cox's Bazar camp are acutely malnourished, with 7.5 percent at a high risk of death from severe malnutrition, according to a study published on Tuesday. ...

A child helps her mother harvest chilis in West Java, Indonesia [Photo: Reuters]

Indonesia is hungry for a better food policy

by Rainer Heufers, CIPS, and Arianto A Patunru, ANU East Asia Forum April 2, 2018

Despite years of reasonable economic growth, 19.4 million Indonesians are still unable to meet their daily dietary needs. Rainer Heufers, Executive Director of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) and Arianto A Patunru, a Fellow in the Arn...

A child is treated for acute malnutrition in Indonesia’s Papua region. As many as 100 malnourished children died there earlier this year in the midst of a measles outbreak. BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images

Malnutrition Not Just a Poor Country Problem

by Andrew Green News Deeply March 24, 2018

New research underscores the fact that malnutrition, while rampant in middle-income countries, is often ignored by donors, leaving those countries to bear the burden of nutrition programs....

Experts and academics yesterday gather at the food security forum hosted by the BioThai Foundation. [Photo courtesy The Nation]

Thailand food security report points to increasing malnourishment and obesity in Thailand

by Pratch Rujivanarom The Nation March 14, 2018

Biodiversity, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food Sovereignty Action Thailand Foundation (BioThai) yesterday published its 2017 annual report on the food security situation for Thailand, which revealed a worrying trend of a widening inequality gap in t...

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