Nutrition & Food Security



The MRI evidence in favor of cash transfers

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

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


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


UNICEF, MSF Warn Of Severe Food Insecurity In Boko Haram-Hit Regions Of Nigeria

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 Examine U.S. FDA’s Priority Review Voucher Program

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

Beyond Producing Food, Agriculture Can Address Climate Change, Antimicrobial Resistance, FAO…

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

Collective Effort Critical To Ending Malnutrition, Achieving SDGs

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

‘Serious concern’ in Somalia as 5 million go hungry, U.N. says

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

Transforming Food, Agricultural Systems Must Remain Global Priority, U.N. SG Ban Says

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

The MRI evidence in favor of cash transfers


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

Millions face new hunger threat in west and central Africa

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

Ending Hunger: What Does it Take?

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Food aid reaches 140,000 hit by floods in North Korea, aid group says

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

Nigeria, Southern Africa Facing Food Shortages, Need Aid, U.N. Agencies Warn

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

Aid Agencies Call On Zimbabwe President Mugabe To Allow Fair Food Aid Distribution

The Guardian: Zimbabwe urged to put compassion before politics in distribution of food aid “Aid agencies have called on President Robert Mugabe’s government to look beyond political differences and prioritize humanitarian principles after the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission accused the ruling Zanu-PF party of partisan food aid distribution. The commission’s chairman, Elasto Mugwadi, revealed this…More

Guess who loses when speculators bet on food?

Food prices and global hunger are predicted to drop in the next 10 years. But treating food as a financial commodity that needs to be maximized ignores costs that are harder to measure in dollars, especially the environmental impact of food production. Although economics could be leveraged to move food where it’s needed, the Trans-Pacific

Hunger and frustration fuel mass protests in Venezuela

Venezuelans marched in the country’s capital of Caracas on Thursday in one of the biggest mass protests against socialist rule in more than a decade. The protesters demanded a recall vote to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office, their frustration fueled by widespread shortages of food, medicine and work in every region of the country.

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