Opinions

What War in Ukraine means for World Food Supply

by Michael J. Puma and Megan Konar New York Times March 1, 2022

This opinion piece in the New York Times looks into the ramifications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing disruption of an agricultural breadbasket of Europe. Since staple grains are the food of the World's poorest, Bangladesh, Sudan and Yemen as well as many Middle Eastern countries...

Chef Jose Andres on Ukrainian Refugee Food Situation

by Andrea Salcedo MSN/Washington Post March 1, 2022

Chef Jose Andres of the World Central Kitchen Organization describes his experience on the Ukrainian-Polish border helping refugees fleeing the Russian Invasion of Ukraine....

SAHEL Will Need Help as Famine is Coming

by William Lambers NEWSWEEK Opinion March 1, 2022

In this Newsweek Opinion piece, William Lambers reports how 35 million people will have virtually no food to eat in the coming lean season....

Assistance to Press Freedom can Fight Famine

by November 16, 2021

 “in the terrible history of famines in the world, no substantial famine has ever occurred in any independent and democratic country with a relatively free press”                      - Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate and author of...

Concern International CEO Appeals for Famine Response

by Dominic MacSorley Business Post January 9, 2021

Dominic MacSorley, Chief Executive Officer for Concern International brings attention to impending famines in South Sudan, Yemen, NE Nigeria, and Burkina Faso....

Veterans Day Lessons for Current Livelihood Crisis

by November 11, 2020

Veteran’s Day commemorates the many millions of American soldiers who returned home from wars with uncertainty about their futures and livelihoods.  Veterans have faced an extended transition period as unemployed workers seeking to enter an often transforming economy.  A prime example was at the...

America is suffering its worst hunger crisis in decades. Here’s how to fix the problem.

by Mike Johanns, Tom Vilsack and Rajiv J. Shah USA Today October 22, 2020

Mike Johanns, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2005 to 2007; Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2009 to 2017; and Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, administrator of U.S. Agency for International Development from 2010 to 2015, write in this opinion piece that there are key ways the U.S. should addres...

A Biblical Surge of Miscommunication

by August 11, 2020

On Language: In the popular media, including otherwise-intelligent talking heads and world leaders have invented new pretentious, uses for words that have little actual meaning.  Chief among these are:  "surge," "spike", "epicenter" and "biblical proportions." For example: the head ...

Pandemic Exposes Long-Standing Problems in the Global Food System

by Thoric Cederstrom, Ph.D., Senior International Development Specialist WHES June 7, 2020

June 7, 2020 In a very short time, the response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic has exposed many of the long-standing structural weaknesses and inequalities of the global food system.  After years of steady progress in reducing the total number of chronically underfed people, the tide ha...

COVID-19; Global Cooperation in the Fight is a Must

by Fred Spielberg and Everett Ressler Global Geneva May 27, 2020

The consensus in the front line fighting CoVid-19; Global cooperation and solidarity is necessary to successfully stop community spread and the ensuing deaths for SARS 2 Coronavirus. This opinion piece is by two seasoned humanitarian workers, Fred Spielberg and Everett Ressler....

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