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What is “behavior change?” This popular technical term is used increasingly in the global health and development sectors to describe any sort of strategy or approach that explicitly tries to influence defined behaviors in a target population. As an example, one of the very most common behavior change-driven strategies in global health is combating early […]
Flickr, pinehurst19475 The recent defeat in Congress of legislation aimed at improving the efficiencies of our foreign efforts to feed the hungry didn’t fall into the normal partisan divisions, or even expected special interest categories. The Obama Administration has proposed changes to our nation’s uniquely wasteful and self-serving system of food aid (which requires we … Continue reading →
An aquaculture strategy in impoverished Timor-Leste could boost the country’s economy.
By Sara Gorman
As we discussed in a previous post, several causes led to a massive spike in food prices internationally in 2008 and again a few years later. The average world price of rice, for example, rose by 217% between 2006 and 2008. Classical theories have suggested that we shouldn’t worry about these spikes: that the high […]
“I’m shocked by the optimism here,” Howard Yana-Shapiro, the chief agricultural officer for Mars Inc. said Tuesday to the audience of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C. via Could African Crops Be Improved With Private Biotech Data? : The Salt : NPR.
Excerpt from - 21st Century Progress in Africa: Eradicating Hunger and Poverty (MDG1) in…
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This is an outrage that gets little attention, perhaps because it is so chronic and massive and non-dramatic. Something like 165 million children on the planet have failed to achieve normal brain and body development and live at increased vulnerability to illness and early death. Due to hunger, and lack of proper nutrition. Source: Go … Continue reading →
April 12, 2013 Guinea-Bissau ranked as the worst among 45 developing countries assessed in the new hunger and nutrition commitment index. From the Guardian: Guinea-Bissau has stunting rates of 28% and its situation is also considered “alarming” in the global hunger index, but it shows weak political commitment to redress the problems of hunger and undernutrition. Guinea-Bissau fails to invest in agriculture, despite committing to invest 10% of its budget in agriculture as part of the African Union’s Maputo declaration. Access to agricultural extension (advisory) services is weak and its nutrition policies need strengthening through, for example, time-bound nutrition targets. Hanci revealed that sustained economic growth does not necessarily translate into government commitments to tackle hunger and undernutrition. Ivory Coast and Kenya rank 31 and 34 respectively despite solid economic growth
Most Americans are perhaps not aware that our approach to food aid overseas is widely regarded as incredibly inefficient, self-serving and, as The Atlantic recently noted, sort of wacky. At the risk of over-simplifying, the problem with the way we do food assistance to poor countries is that the system has been designed to serve … Continue reading →
By From Poverty to Power
Today sees the launch of the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI), produced by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) with funding from Irish Aid and DFID. It looks like it could become one of the more useful annual league tables. It may not be seen as a progressive view in the UK, but I’m a
Original source: Hunger and Poverty: Still Core to the MDG Agenda
By PLoS Medicine Blog
Andrew Seal and Rob Bailey discuss the limitations of data-driven humanitarian efforts, and the lessons learned from the 2011 Somalia famine. In May 2012, the UN Secretary General published a report on ‘Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations.’ The report identified the need to ‘…build systems to support data-driven humanitarian decision making,’ noting that ‘…the current humanitarian system often struggles to furnish timely and consistently reliable information and analysis in order to provide an appropriate response.’ Perhaps there was a certain irony that the UN report was published just 3 months after the end of the famine in Southern Somalia. One year on from its officially declared end, we reflect on what has been learnt from the various evaluations of the response to the famine, and what that says about the limits to data-driven humanitarian decision making. The 2011 famine in Somalia was the most recent to afflict humankind and one of the best documented. It affected extensive parts of Southern Somalia and is thought to have cost the lives of tens of thousands of people, while hundreds of thousands more fled across the border into Kenya and Ethiopia.