Globally, there are about 460 to 500 million smallholder farmers, with limited resources in terms of labour and finance, relying only on rain-fed agriculture, a study said. [Photo: Brad Collis,CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

Study found cash is best when tackling hunger caused by drought

by Thomson Reuters Foundation Eco-Business November 29, 2017

Cash handouts are the best way to support smallholder farmers struggling due to drought, but for farmers experiencing wetter weather, agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides help most, a new study has found....

Residents wade through flood water in northern province of Son La, Vietnam Thursday Oct. 12, 2017. (Photo: AP via VOA)

UN Warns Manage Climate Risks or Face Much More Hunger by 2050

by Voice of America November 17, 2017

Climate change threats, from worsening drought and flooding to sea level rise, could increase the risks of hunger and child malnutrition around the world by 20 percent by 2050, food security researchers warned Wednesday....

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (Photo: AP via VOA)

UN Chief: Worldwide Famine Averted, but Numbers of Hungry Growing

by Margaret Besheer Voice of America November 2, 2017

The United Nations secretary-general says early action by the international community has helped avert widespread famine, but the number of people in need is continuing to grow.  “Until these conflicts are resolved and development takes root, communities and entire regions will continue to be rav...

Iraq takes steps to save Mosul livestock after Islamic State’s rule

by Thin Lei Win Reuters October 24, 2017

Iraq and the United Nations launched a campaign Monday to vaccinate nearly one million livestock in the Mosul area over fears the animals may be carrying diseases, as they have not been vaccinated since Islamic State seized the city in 2014....

The world is off track to end hunger, so what’s the solution?

by Homi Kharas and John McArthur Brookings Institution October 24, 2017

The world is off track to meet its own deadline for ending hunger. For the first time in many years, the estimated number of undernourished people has actually gone up rather than down. It now stands at slightly more than 800 million undernourished people worldwide, according to the Food and Agricul...

Grocery store in Venezuela (Photo: Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Why World Hunger Isn’t Going Away As Fast As We’d Hoped

by Nurith Aizenman NPR October 23, 2017

Rob Vos has been tracking global hunger for years, and he says until recently the mood among his fellow hunger experts was almost giddy. Since 1990 the world had made so much progress curbing hunger that in 2015, leaders met at the United Nations and vowed to eliminate hunger for good by 2030. For...

Can We End World Hunger by 2030?

by Brookings Institution: Geoffrey Gertz, Homi Kharas, John McArthur, and Lorenz Noe Brookings Institution October 16, 2017

The world is off track to meet its own goal of ending hunger by 2030, and it’s not clear if anyone in power will ever be held accountable for the shortfall. Just over two years ago, the international community committed to ending hunger as the second of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs...

“There’s more mouths to feed, but there’s less land with which to feed them.” [Photo: valio84sl/iStock]

How Climate Change Is Making Hunger Worse Around The World

by Eillie Anzilotti Fast Company October 4, 2017

The annual Global Food Security Index is now tracking a country’s natural resource supply, and its resiliency in the event of a major natural disaster. The conclusion: climate change is making it harder to feed people....

Hunger Fighters Interview: Jim Levinson

by Hunger Notes September 28, 2017

Biographic Snapshot: Jim Levinson served as Director of the International Nutrition Planning Program at MIT, the International Food and Nutrition Center at Tufts, and the Office of Nutrition for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC. He has worked exten...

Photo: Julio Montes has lost 30% of his body weight (Fabiola Ferrero/Bloomberg)

The Faces of Venezuelan Hunger

by Fabiola Zerpa and Noris Soto Bloomberg September 28, 2017

Bloomberg news photographed some of those hit hardest by Venezuela's ongoing crisis ...