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Drought in U.S. today, trouble for world tomorrow

Drought in U.S. today, trouble for world tomorrow

Posted by contributor Andres Santamaria. The recent drought that has been spreading throughout the Midwest portion of the United States could now potentially create another global food crisis like the one in 2008, according to an article by Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. environment correspondent for the Guardian. Why is there such ...

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Flooding furthers North Korea’s need for food aid

Flooding furthers North Korea’s need for food aid

Although recent media attention on North Korea has focused on its new first lady, the emergence of a significant humanitarian crisis has quickly replaced the sensational headlines.  Compounding recent reports of malnutrition among North Korean children and the “…[estimation] that two-thirds of North Korea’s ...

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Run 10 feed 10 campaign fights child hunger

Run 10 feed 10 campaign fights child hunger

Want to tackle child hunger in your area?  This fall, “Run 10 Feed 10” campaign, launched by Women’s Health magazine and FEED Foundation, aims to raise funds through a series of 10K runs in selected cities and an online fundraising effort for those who ...

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Food crisis forcing more child marriages in Niger?

Food crisis forcing more child marriages in Niger?

Posted by contributor Andres Santamaria. A recent Washington Post article by Sudarsan Raghavan reports about the abundance of teenage girls getting married as a result of food shortages in Niger.  Nearly one of two girls gets married before the age of 15 in hopes of exchanging dowries to provide much needed ...

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“The future of food” interview

“The future of food” interview

While this blog often posts about many of the current issues in food security, there are also opportunities to present ideas about the future of food.  The Atlantic’s “The Future of X” channel recently looked at “The Future of Food” through an interview with Nicola Twilley, writer of ...

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Is the U.S. facing its worst drought in recent memory?

Is the U.S. facing its worst drought in recent memory?

  The United States has designated one-third of its counties as federal disaster areas in order to authorize emergency funding for them to cope with some of the worst drought in nearly 60 years, according to John Eligon’s article in The New York Times. The extensive drought zone falls within ...

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Aid shortfall threatens refugees in Dadaab

Aid shortfall threatens refugees in Dadaab

Housing nearly half a million people, the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya been a growing haven for those fleeing drought, famine and chaos in neighboring Somalia, albeit one with problems of its own.  This past week, aid agencies reported that funds needed to keep servicing the camp are ...

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Analysis: What did Rio+20 accompish?

Analysis: What did Rio+20 accompish?

Posted by contributor Andres Santamaria. It has been said by some that the recent Rio+20 Conference was needed but did not deliver.  Some criticized the many meetings where no real concrete plans or timelines were adopted.  Others claimed that there is no substantial international driving force behind several of the ...

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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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