China’s food security threatened by drastic drop in crop varieties

by Zhang Hui Global Times July 20, 2018

Over 70 percent of food crop varieties has disappeared in six regions in China, including Central China's Hubei and Hunan provinces, which agricultural experts fear may threaten China's food security. The native food crop varieties in 375 counties of six provinces and cities have shrunk from 11,...

Republic of Marshall Islands strengthens food security measures ahead of future droughts

by Zhiyad Khan SPC July 20, 2018

Communities in the remote, drought prone, northern atolls of the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) are trialling new food security measures to increase the availability of local food crops, expand the use of drought resistant crop varieties, improve soil management practices, and establish nurserie...

Photo: Roti Bank mainly collects leftover food staples like rotis, rice, vegetables and dal to be distributed within 60 to 90 minutes. (Image courtesy Roti Bank’s Facebook)

Roti Bank: where leftovers satiate hunger of the poor

by Press Trust of India, Mumbai Press Trust of India, Mumbai July 9, 2018

In India, a country where millions of people go hungry every day, a retired IPS officer has come up with an initiative to feed the needy. The initiative, called 'Roti Bank', collects leftovers from restaurants, clubs and parties in Mumbai, stores it in vans and distributes it to the poor before the ...

Pacific regional food security atlas launched to reach the most vulnerable

by World Food Programme Relief Web June 24, 2018

Representatives from across the North and South Pacific gathered recently to witness the launch of the first-ever Pacific Regional Food Security Atlas on the opening day of the Pacific Seed Forum in Nadi, Fiji. In a region highly prone to natural disasters, accurate and up-to-date data will support ...

Photo: Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc [Reuters]

Vietnam strives to eradicate hunger, lower child malnutrition rate

by Xinhua News Agency Khmer Times June 17, 2018

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a National Action Program on Zero Hunger, aimed at ensuring there is enough food and nutrition for all Vietnamese. The program is part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, which focuses on sustainable solutions to eradicate hung...

Photo: Ahmad Shah had just arrived from Badghis province to Herat. His grandchildren are suffering from acute diarrhea and stomach pain. Over two million people in Afghanistan are expected to become severely food insecure in the coming months and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in order to survive, according to the United Nations. [Norwegian Refugee Council/Enayatullah Azad]

Afghans fleeing conflict face worsening hunger

by Norwegian Refugee Council Norwegian Refugee Council June 5, 2018

Over two million people in Afghanistan are expected to become severely food insecure in the coming months and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in order to survive, according to the United Nations. The North and West regions are estimated to be particularly at risk due to lack of snow an...

Video: Tajikistan Faces Epidemic Of Childhood Malnutrition

by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 19, 2018

A recent UN report finds that Tajikistan has the highest rate of malnutrition in the former Soviet states. One in four Tajik children suffers from stunted growth resulting from an inadequate diet....

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 humanitarian needs, and problems such as malnutrit...

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 48.6 percent, doesn’t have access to sufficient fo...

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. More than 43 percent of children are chronically ...