‘We had nothing to give him’: the human cost of malnutrition in Maharashtra

Two months after his second birthday, Vishwarnam Sawra died in his mother’s arms, one of thousands of young lives lost to malnutrition in the Indian state of Maharashtra after years of drought and withdrawal of state nutrition schemes.

The most valuable thing in Devganga Sawra’s hut is a memory card wrapped in lined notepaper and hidden in an earthen pot by the family shrine. The card, barely the size of his fingernail, has the only four images of his youngest son, Vishwarnam.

See full story at https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jan/09/nothing-to-give-human-cost-malnutrition-maharashtra-india

Threat of famine looms in Yemen

Millions of Yemenis could soon face widespread famine if no action is taken to improve food access through humanitarian or trade means, an early warning system has said. Up to eight million Yemenis are severely food insecure while another 2 million are facing food insecurity at emergency levels, just one phase below famine, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has found.

See full story at http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/01/threat-of-famine-looms-in-yemen/

Scale up or cut back? Humanitarian aid grapples with growing funding gap

This week, the UN announced that $22.2 billion would be required to meet the needs of an estimated 92.8 million people affected by conflicts and natural disasters in 2017.  Current funding trends suggest that aid agencies will be lucky to raise half the amount they’re asking for.


Latin America has most unequal land distribution, Colombia fares worst, Oxfam study says

BOGOTA – Land distribution in Latin America is the most unequal in the world where only one percent of the farms and estates control more than half of the region’s productive land, aid group Oxfam said on Wednesday. Colombia, where two thirds of agricultural land is concentrated in just 0.4 percent of farmland holdings, fares the worst, Oxfam said in a report analysing land censuses and policy in 15 countries over the last 50 years.


Hungry Venezuelans flee in boats to escape economic collapse

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao — The dark outlines of land had just come into view when the smuggler forced everyone into the sea. Roymar Bello screamed. She was one of 17 passengers who had climbed onto the overloaded fishing boat with aging motors in July, hoping to escape Venezuela’s economic disaster for a new life on the Caribbean island of Curaçao.


How Narenda Modi of India plans to wipe out black market money

In one of the most audacious experiments in India’s modern history, Prime Minister Narendra Modi banned the two largest bills — of 500 rupees, or about $7.50, and 1,000 rupees — which account for about 86 percent of the currency in a country where 78 percent of financial transactions are done in cash.


See full story at “http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/world/asia/how-india-plans-to-wipe-out-black-money.html?ref=world