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Counting the Beans: New Tool Measures the True Cost of Food

by Food Tank Food Tank January 10, 2018

A new U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) tool is highlighting the true cost of food by presenting variation in the cost of food around the world. The tool, called Counting the Beans, includes a data-driven, open-access online interface to help both experts and the general public quantify the relative c...

A volunteer picks up food bank donations from a French supermarket [Philippe Wojazer/Reuters]

How France became a global leader in curbing food waste

by Story Hinckley The Christian Science Monitor January 7, 2018

France isn't an obvious frontrunner in food recovery, but new legislation has helped catapult the nation to the top of the 2017 Food Sustainability Index. People in France wasted an average of 234 pounds of food per person annually compared to about 430 pounds in the United States. ...

War widows at the Palorinya refugee camp. (Photo: Sheiler Mysorekar/DW)

Africa: 10 Humanitarian Crises to Look Out for in 2018

by IRIN via All Africa January 4, 2018

From the Rohingya to South Sudan, hurricanes to famine, 2017 was full of disasters and crises. But 2018 is shaping up to be even worse. Here's why....

A health official in the Nigerian town of Dikwa measures the arm circumference of a child as part of a drive to control malnutrition. (Photo: Florian Plaucheur/AFP/Getty Images)

The year’s top development stories: 2017 in review

by Lucy Lamble The Guardian December 29, 2017

As Donald Trump cut funding for family planning and people from east Africa to Yemen went hungry, peace finally gained a foothold in Colombia....

Photo: Brahman cattle graze in a field in Innisfail, Queensland, Australia. [David Messent/Getty Images]

Across The World, If You Eat For Your Health, You’ll Help The Planet

by Dan Charles NPR December 4, 2017

Paul Behrens, a researcher at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, published an analysis of 37 countries' dietary recommendations and compared how they might affect the environment....

Food losses represent a waste of resources used in production such as land, water, energy and inputs, increasing the green gas emissions in vain. Photo: FAO

One Third of Food Lost, Wasted – Enough to Feed All Hungry People

by Baher Kamal InterPress Service News Agency December 1, 2017

Believe it or not, the way to eradicate hunger from the face of the Earth is as feasible as it is handy. In fact, the current loss and waste of one-third of all food produced for human consumption would be just enough to feed the nearly one billion people who go to bed hungry every single night. ...

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....