North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies; hundreds of thousands starved as police state kept the world on edge

by Adam Bernstein Washington Post December 19, 2011

Kim Jong Il, the strangely antic and utterly ruthless heir to North Korea’s Stalinist dictatorship, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday, state media reported Monday. He was said to be 69....

North Korea resume talks on food aid

by William Wan Washington Post December 15, 2011

U.S. officials have resumed talking to North Korea about providing food aid to the impoverished country, proposing that it accept nutrition-rich items — such as Plumpy Nut peanut paste — that are considered less likely to be diverted to the North Korean elite....

Three million Afghans face hunger as winter looms–aid groups

by Alertnet/Reuters December 14, 2011

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As Pakistan’s population soars, contraceptives remain a hard sell

by Karin Brulliard Washington Post December 14, 2011

Shazia Shahid, a community health educator, went to the tiny house to speak with the slight young woman about birth control. It was morning, a good time because the woman’s husband was out working. But the woman shrank behind a green veil — and behind her wizened mother-in-law, who smiled but ma...

How fear drove world rice markets insane

by Dan Charles NPR November 2, 2011

Nothing is more basic and simple than food. Yet it comes to us courtesy of a long, complicated supply chain that spans the globe....

Food: Causes of high and fluctuating food prices

by IRIN News October 17, 2011

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Speculation on food commodities may harm the hungry

by Marilyn Geewax NPR October 16, 2011

Speculators in the agricultural commodities markets are forcing grocery prices to rise too quickly and erratically, according to some top economists marking World Food Day on Sunday....

The latest Demographic and Health Survey for Nepal shows that more than half of the children in remote rural areas are chronically malnourished, and most of them are girls. “Girls are neglected because they are thought not to need strength,” Indra Raj Panta, programme officer for Decentralized Action for Children and Women in Jumla, told IRIN.  Photo: Natalie Bailey/IRIN

Nepal: Gender discrimination fuels malnutrition

by IRIN News September 22, 2011

Gender discrimination lies behind much of the malnutrition found in under-five children in Nepal, say locals and experts. ...

A migrant farm worker peers into an iris scanner in New Delhi in the first effort to officially record each Indian’s identity as an individual.  Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Scanning 2.4 billion eyes, India tries to connect poor to growth

by Lydia Polgreen New York Times September 1, 2011

KALDARI, India — Ankaji Bhai Gangar, a 49-year-old subsistence farmer, stood in line in this remote village until, for the first time in his life, he squinted into the soft glow of a computer screen....

For the past decade, hundreds of Afghan war widows have convened on a slope known as Tapaye Zanabad (the hill that women built) building mud hovels by hand and living as a community of sisters.  Photo: Washington Post

Afghan widows form community on Kabul hill

by Joshua Partlow Washington Post August 15, 2011

The hills of this capital stand as monuments to men in battle, topped by crumbling forts and rusted tanks, ancient ramparts and gleaming tombs of kings. One is different but no less a testament to war. It is known as Tapaye Zanabad — the hill that women built....