Women carrying food in South Sudan (Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N.’s Famine Appeal Is Billions Shy of Goal

by Somini Sengupta The New York Times March 26, 2017

UN secretary general, António Guterres, warned 20 million people would fall into famine if his aid agencies could not corral $4.4 billion by the end of March. So far, the UNs has received less than a tenth of the ...

Global Food Policy Report 2017

by International Food Policy Research Institute March 26, 2017

This report is a review of major developments in food and nutrition policy around the globe, featuring an in-depth look at the impact of rapid urbanization....

UN agencies in Rome step up on gender equality to end hunger and poverty

by March 8, 2017

Leaders from the three UN Rome-based agencies, FAO, IFAD, and WFP, today Marked International Women's Day  by reinforcing their commitments to step up efforts to invest in the capacities of rural women as key agents of change in building a wo...

Quinoa is harvested in the highlands in Puno region, south-eastern Peru. The crop could help improve global food security. (Photo: ICT/Tomas Munita)

Quinoa genome unveiled in search for hardy crop to feed world

by The Guardian March 6, 2017

Some strains can tolerate 38-degree days, salty soils and high altitudes, say researchers. The near-complete genome of quinoa was unveiled on Wednesday by scientists who say the grain cultivated centuries ago by Incas in the Andes could help feed a hungry world....

Child being weighed by health care worker to see if the child may be malnourished. ©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPA

Famine: what does it really mean and how do aid workers treat it?

by Imogen Wall The Guardian February 21, 2017

Famine looms in Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia. The horrible, medieval fate of starving to death is once again a 21st-century reality. But what does the word famine actually mean and how do aid workers treat it? For aid workers, famine is the extreme end of a long spectrum of what is kno...

A woman uses a stone grinder to make flour in her house in the mountains, in the Jafariya district of the western province of Raymah, Yemen May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

Four famines mean 20 million may starve in the next six months

by Tom Miles Reuters February 19, 2017

More than 20 million people - greater than the population of Romania or Florida - risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, U.N. World Food Programme chief economist Arif Husain says. Wars in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria ...

Why Do We Work So Hard To Hide Hunger?

by Princess Haya bint al Hussein Forbes February 19, 2017

A commentary by Princess Haya of Jordan, a humanitarian and UN Messenger of Peace. Each New Year brings with it a feeling of optimism, of hope and of change. Millions of us around the world make resolutions and promises to ourselves: to lose weight...

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A Food Secure Future: Warding Off Instability And Conflict

by Isabel DoCampo The Chicago Council February 9, 2017

On February 1, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs launched a new blog series, A Food-Secure Future, to explore the challenges that threaten global food security and the opportunities that exist....

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Early warning, early action: The innovations changing food crisis management

by Richard Choularton Devex January 28, 2017

There are many challenges to ending hunger and famine, but food security practitioners are developing innovative solutions that enable earlier and more evidence-based responses to food crises, and help communities build resilience to climate change and disasters....

Microbiome experts to speak at World Economic Forum

by Melanie Cordova Cornell Chronicle January 19, 2017

Three Cornell University faculty members are presenting ideas about tiny things to a gathering of influential thought leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. Microbiomes, the combined genetic material of microorganisms in a  particular environment,  too small to be seen with th...