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

2 November 2009

Widows Support Themselves Selling Maize to WFP

Widows are often looked down on and pitied in Kenya. But the widows in the village of Angata Barakoi in the Transmara area of Kenya were determined to help each other (..) They were able to get loans from a local bank to buy seeds and other inputs. Finally, at harvest time, the World Food Programme (WFP) gave the group a contract to buy 250 metric tons of their surplus harvest through the Purchase for Progress programme.
All Africa
1 November 2009

Two years on, Katine offers much to celebrate – and much to feel frustrated about

Every time I visit Katine, in north-east Uganda, an image remains in the mind for months afterwards. In May, it was a long queue of girls laughing and chatting as they waited at a dirty water pump for hours to fill their jerrycans. In September, it was the eager face of an 18-year-old boy who proudly showed me his school report and told me how it took him three and a half hours to walk to school – and three and a half hours back. I looked with incredulity at the teachers' praise for his schoolwork. When could he find time to do his homework?
The Guardian
30 October 2009

Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World

I was taking a graduate course at Mount St. Joseph in 2006 called the Spirituality of Leadership. In the class we discussed the situation in Darfur. This was around the time the refugees in Darfur faced a ration cut because of a funding shortfall for the United Nations World Food Programme.That same weekend I bought a book about the U.S. Food for Peace program. Within days, I was in touch with the U.N. World Food Programme and began writing an article.
American Chronicle
29 October 2009

Climate Change Will Devastate Africa

One of the world's most influential scientists has warned that climate change could devastate Africa, predicting an increase in catastrophic food shortages. Professor Sir Gordon Conway, the outgoing chief scientist at the UK's Department for International Development, and former head of the philanthropic Rockefeller Foundation, argued in a new scientific paper (pdf) that the continent is already warming faster than the global average and that people living there can expect more intense droughts, floods and storm surges.
The Guardian
8 September 2009

Elimination of food waste could lift 1bn out of hunger, say campaigners

Eliminating the millions of tonnes of food thrown away annually in the US and UK could lift more than a billion people out of hunger worldwide, experts claim. Government officials, food experts and representatives of the retail trade brought together by the Food Ethics Council argue that excessive consumption of food in rich countries inflates food prices in the developing world.
The Guardian


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