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Brazil’s Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) program: Accelerating progress for urban and rural nutrition

by Jordan Teague Global Food for Thought March 27, 2016

This year is an important one for food security and nutrition. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched on January 1, 2016—which means that 193 countries are now working towards ending hunger, ensuring food security for everyone, and eliminating all forms of malnutrition by 2030. But...

The racism at the heart of Flint’s crisis

by Editorial Board New York Times March 25, 2016

An important new report makes clear the principal cause of the water crisis in Flint, Mich.: the state government’s blatant disregard for the lives and health of poor and black residents of a distressed city....

Connecting the dots: Human rights and poverty

by Thomas Pogge Pambazuka News March 23, 2016

Where rights are at stake, immediate action is required. Those who continue to uphold the existing, highly skewed international economic and financial order delay the realization of human rights by many decades, thereby becoming responsible for hundreds of millions of poverty-related deaths in the m...

Soil: the sustainable alternative to oil income in Africa

by Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi The Guardian March 22, 2016

The 2014 Africa Progress Panel report presents the two faces of Africa: robust economic growth and continuing poverty. But the report suggests Africa could change this duality by asking: how can resources make a positive impact on development? While impressive headline growth figures are reported, i...

These cheap, clean stoves were supposed to save millions of lives. What happened?

by Marc Gunther Washington Post March 22, 2016

About 3 billion of the world’s poorest people burn wood, charcoal or dung in smoky, open fires to cook their food and heat their homes. Millions die annually from lung and heart ailments caused by cooking with solid fuels, according to the World Health Organization....

Letting (some of) India’s women own land

by Tina Rosenberg New York Times March 22, 2016

This month, 600 women gathered under a huge blue-and-yellow-striped tent in Baripada, a small city in Odisha, a state in India’s east. They were among India’s most neglected people. Widowed, abandoned or divorced, many had ended up living like servants in the households of their fathers, brother...

The farm bill drove me insane.America’s top nutrition thinker tried to unpack the most important food law. It was a mistake

by Marion Nestle Politico March 17, 2016

In fall 2011, in an act of what can be described only as hubris, I had the bright idea of teaching a course on the farm bill.For nearly 25 years, I had been writing and teaching about food politics and policy at New York University, and I knew that the farm bill dictated not only agricultural policy...

Feeding big cities in growing, fragile, and conflict-ridden states

by Sam Worthington Global Food For Thought March 4, 2016

As Ethiopia faces its worst drought in 50 years, some of the ten million people in need of food, and the 400,000 children suffering from malnutrition, reside in the slums of Addis Ababa. Increasingly the face of hunger is in a slum or city. While it is important to fight hunger and malnutrition in r...

Urbanization, food security and youth employment

by Patricia Langan and Shawnee Hoover Global Food For Thought March 3, 2016

A stunning fact: nearly 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities by 2050.As our primary goal is to increase food and nutrition security for all people, we must consider the ability of youth to forge productive livelihoods so they can feed themselves and their families....

Kenyans reaquire an old taste: eating healthier

by Rachel Cernansky New York Times February 23, 2016

In the 1950s and ’60s, governments in Africa and Asia started subsidizing the production of staple crops like rice and corn because it was the fastest way to fill bellies and reduce starvation in those regions. Today, needs have changed: The problem is no longer chronic hunger but malnutrition, an...

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