Fifty Years of International Food Aid – Time To Change?

by Daniel E. Shaughnessy July 10, 2004

Fifty years ago, on July 10, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed Public Law 480 – the Agricultural Trade, Development and Assistance Act – popularly known as the Food for Peace Program. Remarkable for its longevity as well as its consistency in providing food to those in need throughout the world, the program has endured changes in emphasis, variations in commodity supply, major legislati ...

World Refugee Day June 20: A Time to Celebrate?

by James Milner June 19, 2004

June 19, 2004) June 20 is World Refugee Day, a day to reflect on the state of the world’s 12 million refugees. One of these 12 million is a young Somali student named Abass Hassan Mohamed. Abass is the second-oldest of six children. His family fled to Kenya, along with hundreds of thousands of other refugees, in the midst of the violent implosion of Somalia in 1992. He says very little about ...

Darfur: Genocide in Africa Again–Ten Years After Rwanda

by Eva Dadrian April 22, 2004

(April 22, 2004) There is no doubt that the painful memory of the 800,000 victims of the Genocide in Rwanda will live with us forever. For many years to come, we will continue to unearth the remains of children, women and men hacked to death in one of the most frenzied, planned and organized massacres ever witnessed by the world. For the past ten years we said never again, we made resolutions, ...

Thoughts on Attending the 31st Session of the Standing Committee on Nutrition

by Lane Vanderslice April 2, 2004

(April 2, 2004) I was privileged to attend the 31st Session of the Standing Committee on Nutrition, during the week of March 22 and learned quite a bit there. I hadn’t ever been to a session before. It was exhilarating to listen to about 250 people (and talk to a fair number) deeply interested in and informed about nutrition issues (hunger is a not a technically well enough defined—and possi ...

Hunger Notes Urges Its Readers to Join RESULTS

by Mabel Ng February 29, 2004

Hunger Notes believes that its readers should do three things: Learn about hunger, contribute financially to reducing hunger, and use their citizenship (U.S. or other country) to influence government policy (U.S. or other country) to benefit poor and hungry people. This article describes RESULTS, an effective anti-hunger organization whose members take political action to help poor and hungry peo ...

New Year’s Resolutions–For Our Readers!–On Helping Hungry People

January 25, 2004

Hunger Notes encourages its readers to make a "New Year's Resolution" to do more to aid poor and hungry people in 2004. Hunger Notes encourages our readers to take three steps this year to support hungry people. Contribute money to an organization that supports hungry people. Join an organization that supports hungry people in the United States political/policy arena. Learn more about the si ...

USAID’s Development Education Program Is Not True Education About Development

January 20, 2004

USAID has recently released a request for applications (RFA) for development education in the United States that Hunger Notes finds seriously lacking. The RFA is not oriented to true education about development, and appears to be in violation of the legislation authorizing the program—the “Biden-Pell” legislation. It is at least in violation of the spirit of the legislation. The call for pro ...

2002: A Bad Year for Poor People

February 28, 2003

The following points illustrate how 2002 was a bad year for poor people in developing countries: Hunger became widespread in Africa, with people at risk of famine increasing from several million to 50 million people. AIDS increased its grip on the continent, and threatens to spread rapidly in Asia 1, 2. A large number of people in Africa-- those infected and those at risk of being inf ...

Hunger Notes Thanks Its Readers, Counts Its Blessings, and Sets Out Goals For 2002

September 7, 2002

Hunger Notes would like to express its appreciation for its readers. Our readers are certainly a major blessing. (The word blessing, which has to some extent fallen into disuse, means a gift from God and also something that transforms a life, or makes a substantial contribution to making a life worthwhile.) We would also like to enumerate other things for which we do (and should) give thanks, and ...

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