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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 war....

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 first 1000 days, supporting the Scaling Up Nutrition...

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....

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 discrimination that plagues the lives of lower-caste or ‘cast...

Aid agencies pour into Nepal – and then what?

by Kristy Siegfried IRIN News April 29, 2015

Following the earthquake that killed 220,000 Haitians in 2010, the influx of hundreds of aid agencies and civil society organisations – many with no prior knowledge of the country – proved impossible to fully coordinate and in some cases was actually detrimental to the response, according to an ...

People burned the bodies of victims at a mass cremation in Katmandu on Sunday. An estimated  2,600 people were killed in the earthquake. Photo: Prakash Mathema/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Nepal terrorized by aftershocks, hampering relief efforts

by Thomas Fuller and Gardiner Harris New York Times April 26, 2015

KATMANDU, Nepal — A growing sense of despair spread through Katmandu on Sunday as the devastated Nepali capital was convulsed by aftershocks that sent residents screaming into the streets, where they were pelted by heavy rain....

Indian farmer Gajendra Singh stands on a tree before committing suicide during an Aam Aadmi Party rally in New Delhi. Singh hanged himself in front of hundreds of protesters gathered to rally against the government’s contentious reform of land purchasing laws. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Farmer’s public suicide in India opens debate over compassion and climate

by Annie Gowen and Rama Lakshmi Washington Post April 23, 2015

Indian farmer Gajendra Singh stands on a tree before committing suicide during an Aam Aadmi Party rally in New Delhi. Singh hanged himself in front of hundreds of protesters gathered to rally against the government's contentious reform of land purchasing laws....

Eritrea and North Korea are the world’s most censored countries, advocacy group says

by Rick Gladstone New York Times April 21, 2015

The impoverished African nation of Eritrea has the lowest rate of cellphone ownership in the world, less than 1 percent of its people can go online, and its journalists are so terrified of offending the president that even reporters for the state-run news media live in perpetual fear of arrest....