People queue as food is distributed in Old Fangak, in Jonglei state, one of the areas of South Sudan affected by food insecurity. (Photo : Sam Mednick/AP)

Poll reveals 85% of Americans oblivious to hunger in Africa and Middle East

by Hannah Summers The Guardian July 14, 2017

Less than a fifth of Americans are aware that extreme hunger threatens the lives of 20 million people in Africa and the Middle East, yet the overwhelming majority regard it as the most pressing global issue once they have been told......

PODCAST: People Are Starving

by Brian Hansen & Alesha Black Chicago Council on Global Affairs June 30, 2017

In the worst humanitarian crisis in seven decades, 20 million people face famine in South Sudan, northeast Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. On this week's Deep Dish, Alesha Black, director of the Council's Global Food and Agriculture Program, talks to Brian Hanson about the causes and reactions to this ...

Pedro Miguel locks, Panama Canal (Photo: Gonzalo Azumendi/Getty Images)

Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities in Global Food Trade

by Johanna Lehne & Laura Wellesley Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs June 27, 2017

Physical ‘chokepoints’ along trade routes are critical to global food security. The importance of these chokepoints and the risks of closure or disruption are increasing, but such risks and their potential impact remain largely overlooked. Currently, four out of five people live in countries tha...

Syrians fleeing conflict account for 12 million of the world’s displaced people (Photo: AFP via BBC)

UN refugee agency: Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide

by BBC June 21, 2017

Yesterday was World Refugee Day and on that day "a record 65.6 million people are either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced across the globe, the UN refugee agency said."...

Forest Breeding and Seed Center Leshoz Saba, Russia. (Photo via FAO)

BRICS countries well placed for a leadership role in helping eradicate global hunger and poverty by 2030

by FAO News June 18, 2017

With the clock ticking toward the 2030 deadline for meeting the international goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, Ministries of Agriculture in five of the world's most important emerging economies are well positioned to take a leading role in helping to achieve these objectives, the UN's Food and...

VIDEO: Empowering Women Would Help End World Hunger

by Zlatica Hoke Voice of America June 18, 2017

This is a useful video for students who want to learn about where global hunger exists....

In South Sudan, thousands of people walk for hours to reach a food distribution site. (Photo: AP)

Five myths about famine

by Gayle Smith Washington Post June 10, 2017

As the looming threat and tragic reality of famine spread across South Sudan, northern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, 20 million people are in urgent need of food and other assistance. But even with grim reports from the UNs’ relief agencies and images of starving children, there is widespread confus...

UN WFP, FAO chiefs unite to lobby for famine relief

by Adva Saldinger Devex June 7, 2017

The heads of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the U.N. World Food Programme were in Washington, D.C., on Monday, in an effort to garner attention and funds for famine relief in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria....

The U.N. asked for billions to avert four hunger crises. The money didn’t arrive

by Kevin Sieff, June 3 Washington Post June 6, 2017

NAIROBI — At the beginning of this year, the United Nations made one of its boldest requests ever for funding. It needed billions of dollars to fund a humanitarian response, said Secretary General António Guterres, or as many as 20 million people might starve to death. Five months later, the r...

Uber for Tractors is Really a Thing in Developing Countries

by Wayan Vota ICT Works June 1, 2017

You’ve probably taken an Uber, Lyft, or Grab Taxi. You may have used AirBnb. You could’ve even used Task Rabbit. This is all part of the “sharing economy,” and regardless if you think its entrepreneurial or exploitative, it is now fully part of development country economies. The S...