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Millions of children missing school in Venezuela’s hunger crisis

by Dylan Baddour and Vivian Sequera Thompson Reuters Foundation May 3, 2018

Three million of the country's eight million students have been missing classes - due to lack of food, transport to get to school or basic facilities such as electricity and safe water. "Hungry people aren't able to teach or learn," said Victor Venegas, president of the Barinas chapter of Venezuela'...

Minister Karl Samuda [Photo: Jamaica Information Service]

Jamaican official urges unity among Latin American and Caribbean states to address food security

by Staff Jamaica Observer March 13, 2018

Jamaica's Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, says food security in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) can only be addressed by collaboration among countries while addressing the final press conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional...

Photo: Daniel Huber is the head chef and team lead behind Leftovers YEG, an organization that picks up excess food from restaurants and grocery stores and delivers it to service agencies in Edmonton. [Omar Mosleh / Metro]

Edmonton chef cooking up a plan to boost food security

by Omar Mosleh Metro News March 12, 2018

Leftovers YEG picks up excess food from restaurants and grocery stores and delivers it to service agencies in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada...

Bolivia’s indigenous women cope with climate change

by Sanne Derks Al Jazeera March 4, 2018

Women in Bolivia must adapt to climate change as they work to feed their families throughout the year...

Photo: Prime Minster Dr Keith Rowley, knife in hand, seems impressed with the leafy green vegetable he reaped at the Diego Martin Girls RC School. [Trinidad Express Newspapers]

Students tackle food security issue

by Trinidad Express Newspapers Daily Express February 26, 2018

With Trinidad and Tobago facing a huge food import bill annually, due in par to insufficient agriculture production, some schools have taken an initiative to grow food on their compound. And it has caught the attention of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley....

Venezuelans report big weight losses in 2017 as hunger hits

by Vivian Sequera Reuters February 22, 2018

Venezuelans reported losing on average 11 kilograms (24 lbs) in body weight last year and almost 90 percent now live in poverty, according to a new university study on the impact of a devastating economic crisis and food shortages....

The medical cost of obesity was 2.4 percent of all health care spending in Chile in 2016 and could rise to 4 percent by 2030. (Photo: Victor Ruiz Caballero/NYT)

In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger

by Andrew Jacobs The New York Times February 8, 2018

The Chilean government, facing skyrocketing rates of obesity, is waging war on unhealthy foods with a phalanx of marketing restrictions, mandatory packaging redesigns and labeling rules aimed at transforming the eating habits of 18 million people. New regulations, which corporate interests delayed f...

Photo: Rio de Janero [1News]

Brazil in danger of being reinstated on the UN’s World Hunger Map

by Associated Press TVNZ December 25, 2017

The UN World Food Programme is considering re-listing Brazil on its World Hunger Map after a multi-year absence as increasing numbers of Brazilians face unemployment and hunger....

Photo:  Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

New Montreal food policy council will tackle important issues

by Celine Cooper Montreal Gazette December 25, 2017

Launching in 2018, the new council will focus on food security for all Montrealers, urban agriculture, institutional and alternative procurement, and food waste....

Photo: Meridith Kohut

As Venezuela Collapses, Children Are Dying of Hunger

by Meridith Kohut and Isayen Herrera The New York Times December 18, 2017

For five months, The New York Times tracked 21 public hospitals in Venezuela. Doctors are seeing record numbers of children with severe malnutrition. Hundreds have died.  But deaths from malnutrition have remained a closely guarded secret by the Venezuelan government....