On July 15th, 2016, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Partners in Health, presented striking evidence Read More
Nutrition & Food Security
The World Health Organization (WHO)’s recommendation for countries around the world to tax soda drinks to fight obesity has been met with debate over whether such recommendations would benefit the poor as the health agency intends.
Since the Asian Tsunami of 2004, providing cash to people in an emergency has become increasingly mainstream. But (babies, bath water) there is more to food response than ‘just give them the money.’ On World Food Day, Oxfam Social Protection Adviser Larissa Pelham sets out the case: The King asked The Queen, and The Queen asked The Dairymaid: “Could we have some butter for The …
Hunger levels are “alarming” in seven countries, with Central African Republic, Chad and Zambia experiencing the worst levels, according to the 2016 Global Hunger Index.
Associated Press: 75,000 could starve to death in Nigeria after Boko Haram: U.N. “As many as 75,000 children will die over the next year in famine-like conditions created by Boko Haram if donors don’t respond quickly, the U.N. Children’s Fund is warning. That’s far more than the 20,000 people killed in the seven-year Islamic uprising…”…More
Kaiser Health News/NPR: Are Golden Tickets That Speed Drugs Through FDA Worthwhile? “…Members of Congress, the pharmaceutical industry, and rare disease advocates have passionately supported [priority review] vouchers as a way to spur development of drugs for rare and neglected diseases. But skeptics, including FDA officials and some academics, have questioned whether the program is…More
U.N. News Centre: U.N. highlights agriculture’s potential to help address climate change and antimicrobial resistance “The role of agriculture should go beyond just generating food to help address global challenges such as climate change and antimicrobial resistance, the head of United Nations agriculture agency stressed [Monday]. ‘Agriculture is at the very heart’ of a recent…More
Huffington Post: People, Productivity, and Potential: Nutrition as a cornerstone of the SDGs Gerda Verburg, assistant secretary general at the U.N. and coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement “…The evidence is clear — when people are held back by malnutrition, nations as a whole are held back as well. To achieve the global…More
By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — The number of Somalis who do not have enough to eat has risen to 5 million, or more than four out of 10 people, due to poor rains, the United Nations said on Tuesday, with children at the greatest risk of ill health and death. The figure
U.N. News Centre: Agriculture and food system transformation needed on pathway to zero hunger — Ban “While the world has seen some progress on combating the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, the challenge of providing the fundamental right to adequate food to all people must remain a priority, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said…More
Conflict and climate change are creating a burgeoning hunger crisis in west and central Africa. With funds being shifted to meet other crises, such as Syria, many worry that the international community will not have the resources necessary to help feed those most in need in a part of sub-Saharan Africa not accustomed to such food
More here: Ending Hunger: What Does it Take?
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Food aid has reached more than 140,000 people hit by recent floods in North Korea, but more is needed to help them through the country’s upcoming severe winter, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) said on Tuesday. The floods in the country’s north were caused by heavy rainfall in late
Bloomberg News: Nigeria’s Borno Faces World’s Worst Food Crisis, UNICEF Says “The food crisis unfolding in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state is probably the worst in the world at the moment, with 4.5 million people in need of assistance out of which one million are in danger of extreme malnutrition, according to the U.N. children’s agency,…More