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Thought-provoking articles that deal with hunger and the issues involved in meeting the hunger challenge.

21 September 2010

Clean Stoves Clear Smoke For World's Poor

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.

NPR Broadcast (USA)
15 September 2010

A calamity for disaster relief

Has the international community been too slow to respond to Pakistan's epic floods? (..) This is deeply problematic for the humanitarian organisations to which the world turns when people are suddenly uprooted by conflict or natural disaster. UN agencies like the World Food Programme (WFP) and Unicef are funded entirely through voluntary contributions. They set a budget for their regular programmes based on the money they are able to raise, mostly from governments.
Related Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/sep/13/international-aid-and-development-unitednations
The Guardian
1 September 2010

How to help small farmers around the world

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.

American Chronicle
29 August 2010

The Rise of Generation C: Implications for the world of 2020

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.

AME Info
24 August 2010

Seeing a Time (Soon) When We’ll All Be Dieting

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.




New York Times


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