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Towards a transformed and more resilient agriculture sector in Africa

by Jessica Mwanzia and Andrew Osiany Pambazuka News July 23, 2016

This article looks at the challenges that make it difficult to increase food productivity, create decent employment, and end inequalities in our food systems, and what it will take to transform agriculture in Africa....

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Congress passed the Global Food Security Act. Here’s why that’s historic.

by Ambassador Susan Rice The White House July 21, 2016

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Cocoa and deforestation, it’s time to shift the paradigm

by Jason Clay World Wildlife Fund July 21, 2016

Cocoa is in crisis. The world’s cocoa plantations are well beyond their most productive years, and those who produce it are even older. Income from cocoa is so low that young people do not want to become cocoa farmers. And there is climate change....

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The fight isn’t over for farm worker overtime

by David Bacon Capital & Main July 5, 2016

On June 2 the California State Assembly failed to pass AB2757, a bill that would give farm workers the same overtime pay that workers in urban areas have had since the 1930s. In the outcome, echoes can still be heard of those old rules. But the vote also makes clear that past certainties are certain...

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The incredible edible “expired” food

by Jean Blish Siers Society of Saint Andrew June 16, 2016

I have a confession: I eat expired food. Sometimes it’s barely expired, like the yogurt I put on top of my farm-fresh strawberries. It might be a day or two past its sell-by date, but I give it a sniff and if it smells fine, that’s all I care about. Milk, too. Since we no longer have a teenager ...

Is the Grand Bargain a big deal?

by Ben Parker IRIN News June 2, 2016

A deal to sort out emergency funding at the World Humanitarian Summit meets with a mixed response....

Is world hunger a national security issue?

by Chuck Woolery Hunger Notes May 28, 2016

May 28, 2016 By Chuck Woolery The most important thing for the public to learn about on World Hunger Day on May 28 is that world hunger is increasingly a national security issue.   And it was even before the creation of The Hunger Project (THP).  Shortly after THP’s creation, Pre...

The well-fed dead: Why aid is still missing the point

by Jan Egeland IRIN News May 23, 2016

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Pope Francis: Overturning the concept of a ‘just war’

by Graham E. Fuller LobeLog April 13, 2016

Pope Francis is on a roll. He has already roiled the waters of western thinking on economics and society by touching on the dangers of western capitalism drifting into socially destructive greed. He has now turned his focus to an even grander theme— the place of warfare in human life and the hallo...

Time to think bigger about the refugee crisis

by Bono New York Times April 12, 2016

I've recently returned from the Middle East and East Africa, where I visited a number of refugee camps — car parks of humanity. I went as an activist and as a European. Because Europeans have come to realize — quite painfully in the past year or two — that the mass exodus from collapsed countr...