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Efforts to Reduce Global Food Insecurity: Perspectives from the United States and the United…

On behalf of the Society for Nutrition Education & Behavior (SNEB), American Public Health Association, and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, we invite you to an upcoming webinar on “Efforts to Reduce Global Food Insecurity: Perspectives from the United States and the United Nations”. This webinar will introduce the Global Food Security Act of 2016 and expand on America’s current efforts to help promote food security around the world. Speakers will provide perspectives from the U.S. Agency for International Development and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to explain the current situation of global nutrition issues and progress made to alleviate global concerns such as hunger, chronic health issues, and mortality. Suggestions will be discussed on how nutrition and global health professionals can pitch in to reduce global food insecurity.

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How Technology Can Reduce Hunger and Improve Food Security

There are 793 million people globally, who are undernourished or food insecure according to the FAO. Weather, conflict, labor markets, food supply systems, nutrition, livelihoods, and social inclusion combine to hinder their ability to acquire enough food to meet the daily minimum dietary energy requirements. While this may be shocking in societies where fast food restaurants offer “super sized” meals for cheap, for millions of people, getting enough to eat is a daily struggle. Thankfully, there are new tools of technology that policy makers can now use to sense and predict food insecurity months before it happens, allowing farmers and policy makers to increase their adaptive capacity. Improved Prediction From satellites circling the earth, to ground-based remote sensors in the oceans, rivers, and farms, we can forecast the drivers of food insecurity with high degrees of accuracy.

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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

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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

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Solar-powered irrigation promises relief to southern Africa, but is it sustainable?

Solar-powered irrigation has the potential to overcome the effects of drought throughout Africa as well as grow businesses to help overcome climactic shocks. But, in the face of unprecedented drought, can it overcome the challenges of growing water scarcity in rural areas of the developing world? Food insecurity among smallholder farmers, driven by drought in

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Central American drought: Millions in need of humanitarian aid

Two consecutive years of drought have led to some 3.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – countries of Central America’s ‘Dry Corridor’ – with urgent action now essential to help build weather resilience and food security, United Nations leaders said last week. The El Niño weather event

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U.S., Partners Address Food Insecurity In Sierra Leone Resulting From Ebola Outbreak

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Ebola’s Second Punch: Hunger Michael Stulman, regional information officer for West and Central Africa at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), discusses the Ebola outbreak’s impact on food security in Sierra Leone and highlights U.S. efforts, including cash distributions, to address hunger and economic development (6/28).

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Level and determinants of food insecurity in East and West Gojjam zones of Amhara Region,…

Food insecurity remains highly prevalent in developing countries and over the past two decades it has increasingly been recognized as a serious public health problem, including in Ethiopia.

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What we learned giving 100,000 meals

Jess Carter reflects on her work delivering school lunches in Bangladesh, sharing the approaches she took to help the project be successful. The post What we learned giving 100,000 meals appeared first on WhyDev.

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Up To 5.3M People In South Sudan Face Severe Food Insecurity, WFP Says

Reuters: South Sudan food crisis may almost double to 5.3 million — U.N. “Up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan may face a severe food shortages during this year’s lean season, the U.N. World Food Programme said on Monday, nearly double the number in the first three months of the year…” (Miles, 5/9).

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While Better Prepared To Address Food Insecurity, Ethiopian Government Admits Need For…

Foreign Affairs: The Curse of Ethiopia’s Success “…In short, Ethiopia’s ability and means for providing emergency relief has changed beyond recognition since 1984. … But there are limits to what Ethiopia can prepare for. … And so, in October 2015, Addis Ababa acknowledged that it needed help and asked for international partners to help it…More

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U.N. Reiterates Call For Food Aid In Mauritania, Warns More Than 450K Facing Food Insecurity

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agencies warn of funding gaps as 450,000 Mauritanians face food insecurity “Two United Nations agencies today reiterated calls for more financial contributions to fund their work in Mauritania, where more than 450,000 people are suffering from food insecurity…” (3/14).

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Millions remain at risk of hunger even as this El Niño winds down

Some good news. The peak of El Niño already passed and it is set to come to an end by this summer. It was the worst such global weather event in 15 years and was on par with the historic El Niños of 1982-83 and 1997-98, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Now, some bad news.

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Egypt: Hunger, Poverty Rates in Egypt Up Sharply Over Past Three Years – UN Report

Poverty and food insecurity in Egypt have risen significantly over the last three years, according to a joint reports released today by the United Nations Read More

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