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MDG Report Points to Worsening Food Security in Pakistan

MDG Report Points to Worsening Food Security in Pakistan

The United Nation’s most recent report on progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) shows that Pakistan’s food security has declined in the last four years.
“The report expressed fears that Pakistan was lagging behind the target of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and indicators show that …

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A Tale of Two Mothers: Food Insecurity in Ethiopia

A Tale of Two Mothers: Food Insecurity in Ethiopia

A video slideshow from the BBC illustrates the circumstances of two Ethiopian women, each dealing with food insecurity.  Fitsum Birhan Tadele is a 20-year old mother of two who lives in Ethiopia’a arid Hintalo Wajerat district, whose people rely on food aid each dry season.
The slideshow also shows …

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NYT Opinion Roundup: Food Issues

NYT Opinion Roundup: Food Issues

Why does ground meat not get a more “respected place” at the table?  Do too many calories cause obesity, or does the type of calorie matter more?  These are questions asked in opinion pieces from this weekend’s New York Times.
Brian Halweil and Danielle Nierenberg write in “The Kindest Cut …

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Five Question Interview: Rio+20’s Results

Five Question Interview: Rio+20’s Results

Global Food Security blog contributor Christiaan Perez interviewed Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director for Environment and Technology Production at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) about the food security issues under discussion at the Rio+20 Conference, which took place this week.
Q1. The original mission of the

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Rio+20: Renewing the development agenda

Rio+20: Renewing the development agenda

Posted by contributor Andres Santamaria.
The Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, which starts this week from June 20th -22nd,  is not only the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but falls during the 10th anniversary of …

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Pondering How to Save Bangladesh at Rio+20

Pondering How to Save Bangladesh at Rio+20

Posted by contributor Andres Santamaria.
As the 20th anniversary of the Rio conference approaches, many countries are waiting to be affected by decisions made at this event. Case and point: Bangladesh. In this New York Times Green Blog post, a Q&A held with Thomas Rath, the country program manager for the …

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North Korean Children Suffer a State of Dire Food Security

North Korean Children Suffer a State of Dire Food Security

To protect its national security, North Korea presents a strong visage to the world, but it is proving increasingly unable to provide food security for its people.  North Korea’s children bear the brunt of its declining food security as, according to the Guardian, “Millions of North Korean children …

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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 the humanitarian problems that have emerged in South Sudan, according to Action …

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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 and the United States mainly target the assets and finances of President …

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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 “discuss the critical role mothers play in improving household food security …

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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 2011 when recent tribulations involving the military and local factions broke out, the conditions …

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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, “appealing for …

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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 in the Middle East.
Record prices during the global food crisis of 2007-2008 brought …

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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 13th to the 15th .
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and …

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