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Rural Guatemala. Photo by Rob Tinworth, used with permission.

Food Producing Communities as Food Deserts

The view from Xejuyu’ is breathtaking: green fields of fresh berries, feathery carrot tops, and blossoming broccoli line the mountainsides. The majority of the residents Read More

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Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More

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Thoughts After 22 Years of Consumption and Organizing a Food System Symposium

Sarah Dwyer is passionate about developing a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways that food affects health through her work with a community-led nutrition education program Read More

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News in the Humanosphere: Worsening hunger crisis in Lake Chad region, warns UNICEF

Nearly half a million children around Lake Chad face “severe acute malnutrition” due to drought and a seven-year insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, UNICEF said on Thursday. Of the 475,000 deemed at risk, 49,000 in Nigeria’s Borno state, Boko Haram’s heartland, will die this year if they do not receive


Food Producing Communities as Food Deserts

Rural Guatemala. Photo by Rob Tinworth, used with permission.

The view from Xejuyu’ is breathtaking: green fields of fresh berries, feathery carrot tops, and blossoming broccoli line the mountainsides. The majority of the residents Read More


Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

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Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More


Crowdsourcing Food Security Status From South Sudan Satellite Imagery

The FEWS NET early warning system educates decision-makers who are responsible for creating and funding humanitarian response plans, and in December 2015, FEWS NET set out to identify populations of displaced persons in South Sudan and assess their food security. Individuals in South Sudan are constantly being displaced from their homes and livelihoods and left without a regular source of food or water. Previously, FEWS NET stated that Unity State, a region of South Sudan, suffered from a crisis level of food insecurity, but it wanted to obtain a more comprehensive assessment of the situation. FEWS NET needed to understand population migration in Unity State as it relates to food insecurity. FEWS NET turned to DigitalGlobe, which used their satellites to obtain high-resolution imagery of the region.


Unless More Effort Made, Child Malnutrition Will Persist Beyond 2030, Save The Children Report…

The Guardian: Malnutrition will not end by 2030, warn campaigners “Millions of children will continue to suffer far into the next century from physical and mental stunting as a result of undernutrition, Save the Children has found, despite world leaders pledging last year to eradicate all forms of malnutrition by 2030…” (Hodal, 8/5). Thomson Reuters…More


News in the Humanosphere: Nigerian state “close to famine” warns MSF

The statements from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) regarding Borno state, Nigeria are becoming more and more alarming. “Severely malnourished children are dying in large numbers in northeast Nigeria, the former stronghold of Boko Haram militants where food supplies are close to running out, Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Wednesday. …The medical charity, also known as


News in the Humanosphere: Southern Africa food crisis as bad as Syria and South Sudan, warns…

The World Food Program activated its own internal emergency response mechanism, elevating the food crisis caused by El Nino in southern Africa to a “level 3” emergency. That’s the highest level, putting it on par South Sudan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Speaking from Malawi, World Food Program executive director Ertharin Cousin says the WFP is


News in the Humanosphere: Imminent La Niña poses further humanitarian problems

Now that the 2015-2016 El Niño –one of the strongest on record– has subsided, La Niña – El Niño’s ‘counterpart’– could strike soon, further exacerbating a severe humanitarian crisis that is affecting millions of people in the most vulnerable communities in tens of countries worldwide, especially in Africa and Asia Pacific. El Niño is the


WHO and partners step up response to the critical health needs in Juba

Since 8 July the situation in South Sudan has deteriorated rapidly. The country, just 5 years old faces fresh violence and news reports indicate that it could be back at war. More than 200 people are reported to have died since Friday, 8 July 2016.


Thoughts After 22 Years of Consumption and Organizing a Food System Symposium

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Sarah Dwyer is passionate about developing a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways that food affects health through her work with a community-led nutrition education program Read More


Poverty, Food Insecurity Contribute To TB Becoming Leading Cause Of Death In Madagascar

Al Jazeera: Madagascar: The vulnerability to tuberculosis “…While many people imagine the country as a wildlife mecca, it is one of the poorest in the world, with at least 80 percent of the population living in extreme poverty and half of all children under five years old suffering from chronic malnutrition. The associated problems, particularly…More


Number Of Food Insecure Estimated To Decrease To 6% Of World Population By 2026, USDA Research…

Humanosphere: USDA: New projections estimate global hunger will drop to 6 percent by 2026 Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses findings from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) most recent International Food Security Assessment, which says the percent of the global population that has inadequate access to food is projected to drop from 17 percent to six…More


Maduro leans on military to control Venezuela’s food supply

As Venezuela continues its spiral into debilitating economic crisis, President Nicolás Maduro has put the head of the armed forces, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López, in charge of a new food supply system. According to a decree published Tuesday in the official gazette, Padrino López will have control of transporting and distributing basic products, controlling


News in the Humanosphere: U.N. airlifts food in ‘hard-to-reach’ part of Syria

The U.N. began airlifting humanitarian aid to families cut off from supplies in northeastern Syria, bringing 40 tons of food on a flight that landed in Qamishli, an area controlled by the Syrian government, the World Food Program said Sunday. The WFP said the flight landed the night before in Qamishli airport in Syria’s Hassakeh


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