Opinions

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....

Food supply chains do not care if people go hungry

by Duarte Geraldino Al Jazeera May 22, 2020

Coronavirus shines a light on the global food chain's dirty little secret....

We Need a Global Stimulus Package to Avoid a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis

by Food Tank Food Tank April 5, 2020

Food security and nutrition focused think tank, Food Tank, writes about the need for a global stimulus package to support food security during the COVID-19 crisis....

‘Without Empathy, Nothing Works.’ Chef José Andrés Wants to Feed the World Through the Pandemic

by Sean Gregory Time March 30, 2020

Chef and humanitarian José Andrés continues to feed people through his World Central Kitchen charity...

José Andrés: We Have a Food Crisis Unfolding Out of Sight

by José Andrés The New York Times March 23, 2020

Chef and World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés writes that the US should mobilize restaurant workers to help ensure everyone is fed during the coronavirus crisis....

Malnutrition in Humanitarian Crises: The Will to End a Preventable Disease

by Muriel Bassil October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019 Disasters of any kind can disrupt food sources for proper nutrition, which is vital for growth, development, and good health. Malnutrition is a common but overlooked consequence of the humanitarian crises that so often result from natural and human-made disasters. Mor...

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Aid groups need a major shake-up to meet the challenges of a fractured world

by Simon O'Connell The Guardian June 11, 2019

Humanitarian assistance is too siloed, inefficient and expensive to achieve lasting impact for billions of people in need...

In modern Britain, hunger has become normal. That is an outrage

by Shaista Aziz The Guardian May 22, 2019

The UK is a rich country, but food poverty is now a daily reality for many families. This is not inevitable, writes Shaista Aziz who is a Labour councillor in Oxford....