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


13 May 2010

Analysis: What is a famine?

Aid agencies and donors have warned of the possibility of a famine in Niger, evoking images of the last food crisis in the Sahelian country in 2005. (..)The "nutrition surveillance" approach relied on nutritional data [ particularly measurements of children against tabulated benchmarks,] and used indicators that could be applied universally. These were used by the UN [clearing house] Refugee Nutrition Information System (RNIS), and the World Food Programme, but had limitations in predicting or defining a famine, the researchers noted.

IRIN
22 March 2010

Do Not Let School Feeding Programs Fade Away

General Douglas MacArthur gave many orders during his career, including those as commander of American forces in the Pacific during World War II.(..)Low funding for the UN WFP is stopping school feeding programs in their tracks. In Yemen one WFP program has not seen a distribution since last June. In many other countries child feeding programs are at risk.

Irvine Chronicle
15 March 2010

Niger: Experts explain why malnutrition is recurrent

IRIN has asked a range of experts over the past year why malnutrition is recurrent in Niger even after decades of donor support and government programmes. Two of the hardest-hit regions were focused on - Diffa, which has borders Chad, and Zinder, which borders Nigeria.

IRIN
7 March 2010

How food and water are driving a 21st-century African land grab

We turned off the main road to Awassa, talked our way past security guards and drove a mile across empty land before we found what will soon be Ethiopia's largest greenhouse. Nestling below an escarpment of the Rift Valley, the development is far from finished, but the plastic and steel structure already stretches over 20 hectares – the size of 20 football pitches.

The Guardian
23 February 2010

Drought Leaves Thousands Needing Food Aid

Failed rains in northern Burundi have left tens of thousands of people needing food aid and prompted many to seek work in neighbouring Rwanda to earn enough to feed their families. (..) Charles Dei, the humanitarian coordinator in Burundi, who also serves as country director of the World Food Programme (WFP), told IRIN that the lack of rain had adversely affected the January bean and maize harvest.

IRIN

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