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...

Image: The Chicago Council

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....

Photo: Columbia University

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...

Vertical farming can allow former cropland to go back to nature and reverse the plundering of the earth. Illustration: Bruce McCall/ The New Yorker

The Vertical Farm: Growing crops in the city, without soil or natural light.

by Ian Frazier The New Yorker January 9, 2017

Today in the U.S., vertical farms of various designs and sizes exist in Seattle, Detroit, Houston, Brooklyn, Queens, and near Chicago, among other places....

Evening approaches at the Dzaipi transit center in northern Uganda, where UNHCR has erected tents for many of the refugees. Photo: F.Noy/UNHCR
Evening approaches at the Dzaipi transit center in northern Uganda, where UNHCR has erected tents for many of the refugees.  Photo: F.Noy/UNHCR

Scale up or cut back? Humanitarian aid grapples with growing funding gap

by Kristy Siegfried IRIN December 16, 2016

This week, the UN announced that $22.2 billion would be required to meet the needs of an estimated 92.8 million people affected by conflicts and natural disasters in 2017.  Current funding trends suggest that aid agencies will be lucky...

Kimberly Flowers, Photo: Vatican Radio

Listen: Food Insecurity-a cause and consequence of conflict

by Hayley Susino Vatican Radio December 10, 2016

In a world where conflict affects so many communities, it is important to recognize the connection between food insecurity and social unrest. Kimberly Flowers, Director of the Global Food Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), was brought to Rome by U.S. Miss...

Dial ‘N’ for Nutrition? A Landscape Analysis of What We Know About m-Nutrition, m-Agriculture and m-Development

by Barnett, I., Scott, N., Batchelor, S. and Haddad, L. Institute of Development Studies December 10, 2016

Mobile phone technology has the potential to initiate behavior change and facilitate the long-term maintenance of new behaviors. This paper reviews the existing m-agri and m-health interventions. The purpose of this review is to assist would-be implementers and evaluators to understand the landscape...

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