Thought-provoking articles that deal with hunger and the issues involved in meeting the hunger challenge.
In the developing world, the smoke emitted while cooking leads to the death of one person every 20 seconds. Secretary of State Clinton is to announce a new initiative to renew the global commitment to safer cookstoves. An India company already is selling cookstoves in villages and showing the potential for changing traditional cooking techniques.
The other day, I received a reminder from Burwinkel Farms about the "yummy fruits and vegetables" still available for the summer season. Burwinkel operates a stand around the corner from my home and they specialize in sweet corn!! (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) says: "Many smallholder farmers lose a significant percentage of their produce due to poor storage facilities and poor storage techniques. Crops rot or are stolen." WFP helps farmers to improve storage facilities through the Purchase for Progress initiative.
In the course of the next 10 years, a new generation—Generation C—will emerge (the "C" stands for connect, communicate, change). Born after 1990, these "digital natives," just now beginning to attend university and enter the workforce, will transform the world as we know it. Their interests will help drive massive change in how people around the world socialise, work, and live their passions—and in the information and communication technologies they use to do so, according to a new study by Booz & Company.
Fifty years ago, a billion people were undernourished or starving; the number is about the same today. That’s actually progress, since a billion represented a third of the human race then, and “only” a sixth now. Today we have another worry: roughly the same number of people eat too much. But, says Julian Cribb, a veteran science journalist from Australia, “The era of cheap, abundant food is over.” Like many other experts, he argues that we have passed the peak of oil production, and it’s all downhill from now on. He then presents evidence that we have passed the peaks for water, fertilizer and land, and that we will all soon be made painfully aware that we have passed it for food, as wealthy nations experience shortages and rising prices, and poorer ones starve.