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Conflict pushing South Sudan towards crisis

Conflict pushing South Sudan towards crisis

Posted by contributor Andres Santamaria.
Sudan and South Sudan continue to clash, with each side seeking to control lucrative oil fields near their border. However, as the crisis persists, there are many efforts to relieve some of

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Sanctions Block Syria’s Vital Grain Trade

Sanctions Block Syria’s Vital Grain Trade

Posted by contributor Andres Santamaria.
The sanctions imposed by the West on Syria are proving to have an overwhelming affect on the people within this unsteady country, writes Jonathan Saul for Reuters.
Sanctions imposed by the European Union …

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Celebrating the role mothers play in food security

Celebrating the role mothers play in food security

Women play a vital role in providing food security in all societies, and with Mother’s Day coming up on May 13th, the World Food Program USA (WFP USA) is hosting a webcast, “Mothers Rule the World” to …

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‘Starving in India’ series opens eyes

‘Starving in India’ series opens eyes

“Starvation is a brutal but little-discussed reality in India” is the summary offered to describe the impetus behind the six-part series from The Wall Street Journal’s India Real Time blog, called “Starving in India.”  The series, based on research conducted by journalist Ashwin Parulkar and a colleague from the Centre …

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Famine grows behind closed doors in Yemen

Famine grows behind closed doors in Yemen

In a recent article written for The Economist, the hardships facing many Yemenis, mostly due to malnutrition, are being brought to light on a country that is often hesitant to ask for help.
Even before …

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Seeking aid for the Sahel

Seeking aid for the Sahel

According to AFP, UNICEF has not fully acquired the funds it requested in December to resolve the Sahel famine, the third to burden the region in ten years. With 15 million malnourished people and 1 million children at risk of dying, UNICEF addressed the global community, “

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The Arab Awakening and Middle East food security

The Arab Awakening and Middle East food security

A recent article in The Economist discussed the effect that rising food prices played in the unrest leading up to the Arab Awakening, and how efforts to combat high food prices continue to affect governments …

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Gender Inequality in Agriculture Hurts Productivity

Gender Inequality in Agriculture Hurts Productivity

 
The Global Conference on Women in Agriculture, which aimed at discussing women’s critical role in food production and promoting gender sensitive agricultural research, was held in New Delhi, India from March …

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Land Grabs in Africa: Unchecked or Unfairly Villified

Land Grabs in Africa: Unchecked or Unfairly Villified

 

On a recent edition of BBC Africa Debate, the issue of “the acquisition of millions of hectares of prime of farmland in Africa and …

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“The Hunger Games” Joins the Fight Against Hunger

“The Hunger Games” Joins the Fight Against Hunger

The release of the film version of the popular novel, “The Hunger Games,” has been preceded by a joint venture between the films …

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Gates on Agriculture: “Imagine a Different Future”

Gates on Agriculture: “Imagine a Different Future”

In a recent speech in Rome, Bill Gates addressed the global agriculture community, encouraging a revitalization of the world’s agriculture and food system.  Stating that the current system is “outdated and inefficient,” Gates argued that increasing coordination among international food …

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Shift in Fight Against Hunger: Tackling Malnutrition

Shift in Fight Against Hunger: Tackling Malnutrition

Both governments and international food aid agencies are shifting their approach to hunger relief by focusing less on simply increasing the supply of food and instead …

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Vicious Cycle of Climate Change and Food Insecurity in Tanzania

Vicious Cycle of Climate Change and Food Insecurity in Tanzania

Surging tides from the Indian Ocean, linked in part to climate change, have pushed salt water into Tanzania’s Rufiji Delta, home to the world’s largest mangrove forest and where “more than 90% of households…make their living from …

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Mauritania’s Woes Highlight Ongoing Drought in the Sahel

Mauritania’s Woes Highlight Ongoing Drought in the Sahel

Despite an infusion of funding from international donors to dull the effects of an ongoing drought in West Africa’s Sahel region, countries in the region are still in danger.  One of these countries, Mauritania, has a …

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UN Declares End to Famine in Somalia, Danger Remains

UN Declares End to Famine in Somalia, Danger Remains

Good news: Conditions in Somalia have improved enough for the UN to declare an end to the 8-month famine.  Bad news: The food security situation remains perilous for Somalis.
The declaration of the end of …

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