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New African Food Security Report From UNDP
Hunger is still prevalent in the Sahel region, according to the UNDP’s 2012 Human Development Report for Africa, released on 15th May. This is despite abundant agricultural resources, a favourable growing climate, and rapid economic growth rates. The UNDP is recommending action in four areas: agricultural productivity, nutrition, access to food, and empowerment of the rural poor. To download the full report, click here.
The Importance of Nutrition
Nutrition is key not only to MDG1, but also to many other of the MDGs such as 4 and 5. This post from the Economist looks at why nutrition is important for poverty relief, and what is necessary to improve the situation, including new research and approaches.
‘Graduating’ from Extreme Poverty
Sometimes it can be confusing to understand exactly how governments and coalitions plan to relieve extreme poverty throughout the world. This article from the Huffington Post explains the philosophy behind the first Millennium Development Goal, and the steps we still need to take to achieve it by 2015.
Maldives Struggling to Back Malnutrition
The Maldives’ is currently struggling to healthy eating for many of its children. Over a fifth of under 5s are suffering from stunted growth, apparently, which is causing concern for many NGOs working in the region. However, due to the growing tourism industry the government are also having to tackle a large amount of faulty information to do with junk food and healthy eating, say experts. Read more about the two-fold situation here.
Malnutrition kills 2.6 million children yearly
A new study by Save the Children reveals that malnutrition is the cause of 2.6 million children annually. The survey, entitled A Life Free From Hunger, estimates that lack of food is stunting the growth of a quarter of the world’s children. Simon Tisdall explores the study’s main themes in The Guardian.
Niger a long way from food security
The eradication of hunger is a long way from being achieved in the Niger, where 15.7 million people are still in a position of food insecurity and 330,000 children are severely undernourished, according to IPS news. The success of changing the situation depends on supporting local farmers and farming techniques, experts claim. Read more about the situation here.
The True State of Poverty?
The Philippines have recently altered their official definition of the poverty threshold, significantly reducing the amount of people living in poverty and rendering them far more likely to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Although a laudable desire, many journalists and politicians fear that such as act is simply a way of manipulating figures in order to make the country appear more impressive. Read a local commentator’s take on events here.
Brazil Takes the Fight Against Hunger Worldwide
Brazil, backed by the UN, has launched a new Centre of Excellence Against Hunger, aiming to transmit its positive experiences to other developing countries. Brazil has had huge success in combating child hunger, and has implemented many anti-poverty policies at a national level. The Centre, which promotes South-South co-operation, will focus on programmes for providing school meals, in reference to Brazil’s Zero Hunger initiative. Read more about Brazil’s successes, the Centre and its work here.
Famine is the real obscenity
Join forces with the hordes of celebrities promoting ONE's latest action against the recent famine and food shortage in the Horn of Africa. ONE is calling on the G20 to address this matter during the Cannes summit on 3rd-4rd November, so urgent action is vital!
National Curry Week!
Diners across Britain will tantalise their tastebuds this week as National Curry Week takes place from 9th-15th October 2011. Hosted by The Curry Tree, all proceeds go towards ending malnourishment and hunger in the developing world. For more information and to watch a PowerPoint presentation on the campaign’s targets and how you can get involved, click here.
World Disaster Report 2011 – Focus on Hunger and Malnutrition
This new report details not only the current state of hunger, but also provides suggestions as to how best to combat this scourge. To read the full report, follow this link.