Hunger

Cassava, the lowly tuber, becomes both weapon against hunger, political prop in Nigeria

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IBADAN, Nigeria –  From this field nestled among the lush rolling hills of Nigeria's southwest, the small plants rising out the hard red dirt appear fragile, easily crushed by weather or chance.

Looks, however, are deceiving.

These cassava plants will grow into a dense thicket of hard, bamboo-like shoots within a year, with roots so massive a single planted hectare can provide three tons of food. The plants survive fires, droughts and pestilence, while offering a vital food source for more than 500 million people living across sub-Saharan Africa. ... Read more about Cassava, the lowly tuber, becomes both weapon against hunger, political prop in Nigeria

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Progress on World Hunger Has Reversed | Inter Press Service

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Tharanga Yakupitiyage
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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 3 2017 (IPS) - World hunger has increased, reversing years of progress, said a UN specialised agency.

During its biennial conference held in Rome, Italy from 3-8 July, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) noted that the world is facing it’s worst food crisis since World War II.

World hunger has increased, reversing years of progress, said FAO: the world is facing its worst food crisis since World War II ... Read more about Progress on World Hunger Has Reversed | Inter Press Service

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More than 56 million trapped in 'vicious' cycle of violence and hunger - UN

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http://www.reuters.com - Magdalena Mis
A boy eats at an orphanage run by a non-governmental organisation on World Hunger Day, in Chennai, May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Babu/Files
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ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 56 million people in 17 countries affected by prolonged conflicts are struggling to feed themselves, trapped in a "vicious" cycle of violence and hunger, two United Nations agencies said on Friday.
 
Conflict is a leading cause of hunger because it forces people to flee their homes and fields, and disrupts markets leading to higher prices for food.  Farmers are unable to grow their crops or tend to their livestock, a key source of income in many conflict-hit areas.

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Five charts that explain who gets hit hardest by food price rises

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http://www.theguardian.com - Tom Levitt
 Flood affected women and children gather for food outside a relief camp in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Pavel Rahman/AP
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Benin, Mozambique and Nepal are among countries most exposed to climate change, water scarcity and food price volatility.   ... Read more about Five charts that explain who gets hit hardest by food price rises

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: WILL THE WORLD STICK TO ITS NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS?

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http://blogs.worldwatch.org/ - Gaelle Gourmelon
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As those of us who struggle to keep our resolutions know, following through on a New Year’s commitment isn’t easy. This year, however, the world has big plans. ... Read more about SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: WILL THE WORLD STICK TO ITS NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS?

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Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

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Thalif Deen
At the Kawrgosik Refugee Camp near Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, more than 200,000 refugees from Syria are being hosted by the regional government. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 2014 (IPS) - The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.’s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty worldwide. ... Read more about Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

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Analysis: The future of food aid

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Jaspreet Kindra
Pupils eat food donated by WFP in a classroom in Eva Orango school in Orango Island of Bijago Archipelago in Guinea-Bissau Feburary 2008. According to World Food Program (WFP) intellectual levels rise when children are fed properly. © Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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JOHANNESBURG, 26 July 2013 (IRIN) - By the end of the next decade food security could deteriorate in some of the world’s poorest countries, according to a recent global forecast by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). ... Read more about Analysis: The future of food aid

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Q&A: Generating Global Governance to End Hunger

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Matthew Newsome
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations believes that Africa is entering a new era with greater investment in agriculture. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS
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ADDIS ABABA , Jul 2 2013 (IPS) - Sub-Saharan Africa may be home to six of the world’s 10-fastest growing economies, but it also has a majority of the countries that are suffering from a food crisis.

In fact, of the 20 countries in the world suffering from prolonged food shortages, 17 are in Africa, according to José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). ... Read more about Q&A: Generating Global Governance to End Hunger

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