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...

Indian schoolchildren eat a free midday meal, provided on all working days at a government school on the outskirts of Jammu, in 2009. Asia is the continent with the highest number of hungry people-about 526 million. (Photo: Channi Anand/AP)

On World Hunger Day, a look at why so many people don’t get enough food

by Ann M. Simmons LA Times May 31, 2017

As World Hunger Day is observed on Sunday, here’s a look at what’s behind the continuing prevalence of hunger around the world....

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Photo: Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP)

Ethiopia’s Tedros to be next leader of UN health agency

by Jamey Keaten AND Maria Cheng AP via ABC May 24, 2017

Africa, where viruses such as HIV, Ebola and Zika emerged, has its first chief of the U.N. health agency. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian minister of health, was elected Tuesday as the next director-general of the World Health Organization, becoming the first non-medical doctor and t...