Books & Media Reviews

Book cover Nourishing Millions

Nourishing millions: Stories of change in nutrition

by Stuart Gillespie, Judith Hodge, Sivan Yosef, and Rajul Pandya-Lorch () Hunger Notes July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016 This important new book, available as a free download on the IFPRI website, is a wonderful introduction to the issues involved in improving nutrition for poorly nourished people throughout the world. The first chapter gives an overview of n...

Reviewed By: Lane Vanderslice

Book cover for The First 1000 Days

The First 1000 Days: A crucial time for mothers and children—and the world

by Roger Thurow NPR July 15, 2016

In his new book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children – and the World, journalist Roger Thurow chronicles the obstacles that women face around the globe. ...

Reviewed By: Allison Aubrey

The Reproach of Hunger by David Rieff

The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the Twenty-First Century

by David Reiff The Christian Century July 10, 2016

In a groundbreaking book, based on six years of on the ground reporting, expert David Rieff offers a masterly review about whether ending extreme poverty and widespread hunger is within our reach as increasingly promised. Can we provide enough food for 9 billion (2 billion more than today) in 205...

Reviewed By: Sandra F. Joireman

Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women: A guide to measurement

Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women: A guide to measurement

by Food and Agriculture Organization June 4, 2016 June 15, 2016

Women of reproductive age (WRA) are often nutritionally vulnerable because of the physiological demands of pregnancy and lactation. Requirements for most nutrients are higher for pregnant and lactating women than for adult men. The Minimum Dietary Diversity for WRA (MDD-W) 3 indicator defined and de...

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

by Matthew Desmond New York Times February 26, 2016

Lamar, his sons and some other adolescent boys from their Milwaukee neighborhood are sitting around, playing cards and smoking blunts, when there is a loud and confident knock on the door, which could be “a landlord’s knock, or a sheriff’s.” Mercifully it is only Colin, a young white man fro...

Reviewed By: Barbara Erenreich

World Hunger: 10 Myths

by Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins February 8, 2016

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Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

by March 6, 2015

In the late 1950s, Robert Putnam, the distinguished social scientist whose 'Bowling Alone' (2000) has become one of the most influential books of our time, lost his campaign for the presidency of his high school class in Port Clinton, Ohio. The victor was one of the few African Americans in the scho...

Reviewed By: Alan Wolfe

Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession

by Barbara Garson October 21, 2014

“Something bad has been creeping up the occupational ladder,” warns Barbara Garson, author of Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession. The author sees a broad transformation happening, and through her interviews with average Americans, is able to help us see the Gre...

Reviewed By: Blair Dudik

The Good Lie (movie)

by World Hunger Education Service October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014 The Good Lie is not merely a great movie, it’s also a beautiful movie. What can you say about a movie where the scenes depicted in the closing credits are more powerful than most whole movies from the last decade? The Good Lie, released in October, 2014 in the Unite...

Reviewed By: Steve Hansch

Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development

by Kate Sebastian July 18, 2014

The work of agricultural researchers and development workers in Africa has the potential to significantly improve the lives of the poor. But that potential can only be realized with easy access to high-quality data and information. The Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development highligh...

Reviewed By: International Food Policy Research Institute