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20-month-old Ummi Mustafa and her mother, Maiduguri, Nigeria. The latest red flag from FEWS NET draws particular attention to places like Banki Town and Bama in Borno State, where the threat of Boko Haram violence continues to limit movement and prevent humanitarian access. Photo: Credit: Guy Calaf/Action Against Hunger USA

Child hunger emergency in northeastern Nigeria

by September 9, 2016

          The world may have finally woken up to the child hunger emergency in northeastern Nigeria, but the latest data shows, if anything, a deepening crisis. Levels of Global Acute Malnutrition recorded in July and August were well over the 15 percent thres...

On 12 June 2014 in the Syrian Arab Republic, children, women and men go about their daily lives in the Tishreen camp for displaced persons in Aleppo, the capital of Aleppo Governorate. Photo: © UNICEF/UNI174969/Rashidi
On 12 June 2014 in the Syrian Arab Republic, children, women and men go about their daily lives in the Tishreen camp for displaced persons in Aleppo, the capital of Aleppo Governorate.  Photo: © UNICEF/UNI174969/Rashidi

Nearly 50 million children “uprooted” worldwide – UNICEF

by UNICEF September 8, 2016

Across the globe, nearly 50 million children have been uprooted – 28 million of them driven from their homes by conflicts not of their making, and millions more migrating in the hope of finding a better, safer life. Often traumatized by the conflicts and violence they are fleeing, they face furthe...

Soldier standing guard while children sit in Honduran city. Photo: IRIN
Humanitarian agencies, more used to working in classic conflict settings or in the aftermath of natural disasters, are starting to wake up to the need to respond to the Northern Triangle’s epidemic of violence. Photo: IRIN    

Gang violence in Central America is a humanitarian crisis. Aid agencies and donors need to do more.

by Kristy Siegfried IRIN September 4, 2016

Central America’s Northern Triangle – encompassing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – is one of the most violent regions in the world outside of a warzone. Transnational gangs or maras have proliferated in the wake of decades of civil war and are largely responsible for a per capi...

Emberá huts in a clearing in a forest protected by this indigenous people in Panama, in their 4,400-sq-km territory. Native peoples want global climate change accords to recognise the key role they play in protecting forests, and demand to be included in benefits arising from their conservation efforts. Photo: Government of Panama
Emberá huts in a clearing in a forest protected by this indigenous people in Panama, in their 4,400-sq-km territory. Native peoples want global climate change accords to recognise the key role they play in protecting forests, and demand to be included in benefits arising from their conservation efforts. Photo: Government of Panama

Indigenous people demand shared benefits from forest conservation

by Emilio Godoy Inter Press Service September 4, 2016

“Why don’t the authorities put themselves in our shoes?” asked Cándido Mezúa, an indigenous man from Panama, with respect to native peoples’ participation in conservation policies and the sharing of benefits from the protection of forests....

Ship bringing agricultural products. Photo: FAO
See ‘A Floating Threat: Sea Containers Spread Pests and Diseases’  by the FAO. Some $1.1 trillion worth of agricultural products are traded internationally each year. Photo: FAO

Ships bring your coffee, snack and TV set, but also pests and diseases

by Baher Kamal Inter Press Service August 26, 2016

While oil spills garner much public attention and anguish, the so-called “biological spills” represent a greater long-term threat and do not have the same high public profile.  ...

South Sudan, 2016: Girls wash foraged wild greens in a river’s unsafe waters. Photo: © UNICEF/UN25843/Everett
Photo: © UNICEF/UN25843/Everet

South Sudan: Girls wash foraged wild greens in a river’s unsafe waters

by UNICEF August 19, 2016

South Sudan, 2016: Girls wash foraged wild greens in a river’s unsafe waters, in the Torit region in Eastern Equatoria State, where late rains and insecurity in the region have led to failed crops and severe food insecurity, especially for the poorest. An estimated 2.8 million people in the countr...

A child in South Sudan where conflict has dramatically worsened food insecurity. ©UNPhoto/JCMcIlwaine
A child in South Sudan where conflict has dramatically worsened food insecurity. ©UNPhoto/JCMcIlwaine

Protracted conflicts causing alarming spikes in severe hunger

by World Food Program and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations July 29, 2016

Briefs for UN Security Council highlight how millions of people remain trapped in a vicious cycle of violence and hunger...

Photo: World Food Programme/Ricardo Franco

Food security of developing countries expected to improve through 2026 as food prices fall and incomes rise

by Stacey Rosen, Karen Thome, and Birgit Meade USDA ERS July 19, 2016

According to price projections from USDA Agricultural Projections to 2025 and income projections from ERS’s International Macroeconomic Data Set, food prices will drop and income levels will rise over the next decade. Under these assumptions, model results suggest improvements in food sec...

Zhenyuan, China. 73% of the gains that the UN claims against hunger come from China, most of which occurred during the 1990s, before the MDGs even began. Photo: ©©Eric
Zhenyuan, China. 73%  of  the  gains  that the   UN   claims   against   hunger come from China, most of which occurred  during  the  1990s,  before the  MDGs  even began.  Photo:  ©©Eric

The true extent of hunger: What the FAO isn’t telling you

by Food First July 13, 2016

Changes in the way the FAO measures hunger reduced the estimated number of hungry people and increased the percentage reduction in the number of hungry people.  This article discusses those changes....

Ana Revenga Photo: World Bank
Ana Revenga Photo: World Bank

Ending extreme poverty: an interview with economist Ana Revenga

by Amy Frykholm The Christian Century July 10, 2016

Ana Revenga, senior director of the Poverty and Equity Group at the World Bank, believes that the goal of ending extreme poverty can be achieved....

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