Opinions

We’re throwing away tons of fruits and veggies for not being pretty enough

by Anna Lee Washington Post March 13, 2015

You can always tell when I’ve been munching from a bowl of tortilla chips because the only ones left are the perfect ones: all three corners intact, no folded edges, no giant air bubbles. The broken chips and burnt bits and crumbs usually lurking at the bottom of the bowl are gone. I ate them....

New project announced: Global food security by the numbers

by Ashleigh Black Chicago Council on Global Affairs March 12, 2015

Since the global food crisis in 2008, the world has seen increased interest in agricultural development to alleviate poverty, spur economic growth, and advance food security. New research, new players, and additional resources have cropped up across the traditional landscape....

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi says his country is in danger of collapse. “If this country fails, the whole region will slide into a cy...

by Lally Weymouth Washington Post March 12, 2015

Since the army took power from Mohamed Morsi in 2013 with popular support, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi says he’s been fighting to keep the forces of anarchy at bay....

Is gender inequality the main roadblock to achieving nutrition targets?

by Lawrence Haddad IFPRI March 7, 2015

To mark International Women's Day I wanted to write about something that has been niggling me. ...

Let’s grant women land rights and power our future

by Monique Barbut Inter Press Service March 4, 2015

BONN, Mar 4 2015 (IPS) - Women are not only the world’s primary food producers. They are hardworking and innovative and, they invest far more of their earnings in their families than men. But most lack the single most important asset for accessing investment resources – land rights....

From famine to feast in 40 years: Policy matters

by Shenggen Fan Huff Post March 3, 2015

In the mid-1970s, the outlook for food supplies around the world was grim. There were talks of “food triage”— food-rich countries would decide which food-poor countries should get food, thereby dooming the rest to death....

Food security: If the dreamers lose, we face a nightmare Less food for more people on a hotter, drier Earth. How can we work to avoid this future?

by The Guardian March 2, 2015

By the time nations once again get round a table in Paris in December to discuss climate change, hunger should be on the menu. Researchers have just warned that a new and aggressive strain of yellow rust fungus is now a threat to Britain’s wheat harvest. ...

What to do about “grand corruption? An estimated $17.6 trillion in murky money is held in tax havens, unidentified bank accounts or shell compan...

by Celestine Bohlen New York Times February 23, 2015

BERLIN — The banking giant HSBC was outed by an international consortium of journalists for having systematically helped wealthy clients hide billions of dollars in assets, thus avoiding international tax police and criminal investigations....

Hidden hunger: America’s growing malnutrition epidemic

by Barbara Bush and Hugh Welsh The Guardian February 10, 2015

he word “hunger” calls to mind thin, starving children in developing countries, but in the US today, the real picture of undernutrition is different. In some cases, children who are obese who are malnourished because they are consuming the wrong types of foods – foods that are calorie dense, b...

After canceling its presidential election, Haiti heads toward chaos

by Washington Post January 26, 2015

BEFORE HE went into politics, Haitian President Michel Martelly was a nationally renowned pop star whose stage antics included mooning his adoring fans. As president, Mr. Martelly, whose five years in office are drawing to a close, has treated his constituents, Haiti’s 10 million citizens, with no...