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Category: Food Security :: Hunger
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How food waste differs around the world 16.10.2014 TreeHugger
About 24% of food calories produced for people get wasted on the journey from farm to plate. But how that happens is very different depending on where you live.
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How Starbucks and Green Mountain serve up shared value 16.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The two coffee titans are addressing hunger and poverty in suppliers' communities while delivering value for their companies.

How Starbucks and Green Mountain serve up shared value
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Small Scale Food Producers are the Solution to the Global Food Crisis 16.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Without Its Farmers, South Sudan Remains Perilously Close to Famine 15.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Justus Liku, CARE's Emergency Food Security Director Family farms -- managed by a family, and reliant on their labor -- are an important part of rural development. In countries like South Sudan, they play a critical role in providing food security and livelihoods, managing natural resources, and building civil society through farmer organizations. The theme for this year's World Food Day is "family farming" but there's not a lot to celebrate in South Sudan. It hasn't been a good year for family farming here, and the specter of famine looms large. The conflict that began in South Sudan in December 2013 has disrupted every layer of life of this young nation. According to the UN, 1.4 million South Sudanese have been displaced, and almost half a million people have sought refuge in neighboring countries. The UN is currently hosting more than 99,000 South Sudanese in Protection of Civilian sites at its bases around the country. Many families have been destroyed, their meager farms left barren. South Sudan ...
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Food Sovereignty Prize to be Awarded October 15th at Iowa State Historical Building 15.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Hidden Hunger Strips Away Dignity, Perpetuates Inequality and Destroys South Africans’ Potential to Prosper 13.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Companies Working to Eliminate Hunger 11.10.2014 Environmental News Network
With a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there's no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.
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Family Farmers, Not Green-Washed 'Climate Smart' Agriculture Is the Solution to Climate and Hunger 10.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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The World Bank Must Commit to Food Security 10.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The World Bank convenes its Annual Meeting this week in Washington DC to discuss how it can best raise the standard of living for the world's poorest inhabitants. Much will be said about bringing roads, electricity and infrastructure to underdeveloped regions. But how committed is the World Bank to the planet as a whole when it is doling out its loans? The World Bank has been a dominant force in global development, not just through the tens of billions of dollars it injects each year into the global economy, but because of its mission to reduce poverty, raise gender equality and reverse climate change. Such goals are foreign to an investment culture that thrives on deregulation and privatization of vanishing resources. This is what makes this moment so important. Leaked reports reveal that the World Bank's leaders are now considering abandoning its long established loan standards -- known as Social and Environmental Safeguards -- in an effort to compete with a new wave of extremely powerful development ...
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Of Food, Farmers and WTO’s Doublespeak 8.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Food Stamp Enrollment Underscores Illinois Jobs Crisis 6.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In Illinois, people are more likely to end up on food stamps than they are to find a job. Nearly five years since the end of the Great Recession, Illinois is lagging behind the rest of the Midwest in job creation, creating an environment where opportunity and hope for a better future seem out of reach for those who are down on their luck. Today, there are nearly 300,000 fewer Illinoisans working than in January 2008 - on top of that, there are 157,000 fewer payroll jobs in the state. The situation is particularly dire for minorities. Fewer than half of black adults can find work, and the Latino employment rate has fallen 6.4 percentage points since 2008. Things are so bad that food-stamp enrollment in Illinois outpaces job creation by nearly 2-to-1, and the number of Illinoisans dependent on food stamps has risen by 745,000 in the recession era. The food-stamps benchmark, especially when compared to other Midwest states, provides troubling insight into just how desperate the situation is in ...
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Latin America on a Dangerous Precipice 5.10.2014 Truthout.com
Montevideo - "We could be the last Latin American and Caribbean generation living together with hunger." The assertion, made by Raúl Benítez, a regional officer for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), shows one side of the coin: only 4.6 percent of the region's population is undernourished, according to the latest figures . By 2030, however, most of the countries in the region will face a serious risk situation due to climate change. With almost 600 million inhabitants, Latin America and the Caribbean has a third of the world's fresh water and more than a quarter of its medium to high potential farmland, points out a book published this year by the Inter-American Development Bank in partnership with Global Harvest Initiative, a private-sector think-tank. It is the largest net food-exporting region, while it uses just a fraction of its agricultural potential for both consuming and exporting. But almost a quarter of the region's rural people still live on less than two ...
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Climate Change and Food Security 1.10.2014 Environmental News Network
If coping with climate change is central to achieving a sustainable future for the global population, then food security lies at the heart of this effort, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said last week in a speech at the United Nations Climate Summit last week. "We cannot call development sustainable while hunger still robs over 800 million people of the opportunity to lead a decent life," he said in a reference to the latest U.N. report on world hunger, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014.
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Innovation Earth: Can the Massachusetts Food Waste Ban End Hunger? 1.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When I first started writing this column , I envisioned covering breakthroughs that could enable us to live sustainably on a world inhabited by 7 billion people and rapidly counting. The population predictions then were pointing toward perhaps 10 billion people by century's end, and that seemed an unfathomable throng of humanity; but a recent study in the journal Science has throttled whatever sense we had of exponential expansion -- predicting with 80 percent likelihood that as many as 12.3 billion people will live on earth by the year 2100. A deep breath, then the logical next question: How will we feed all those people? (And in a climate-altered, resource-depleted world, no less?) Interestingly, the most talked-about solutions are technological ones. There are the highly controversial, &agrave la genetically modified food . Other solutions sound snazzy, yet at present seem respectively outlandish or unappealing: 3D-printed hamburgers , for instance, or bug-based protein bars . Either way, the message ...
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Congress Cuts $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps, But Finds $22 Billion to Fight ISIS 1.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Our Planet Is Changing -- So Must Our Global Food System 26.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With the world's population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050, we collectively face a dual challenge: ensuring that everyone will have access to affordable, nutritious food without decimating the earth's natural resources in the process. This is easier said than done. Our current food system is dysfunctional both in its impact on people and the planet. Unless we change course, we will fail to meet this challenge. Today, millions do not have enough to eat and billions lack the right nutrients to be healthy. The UN's food organisations -- the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) -- have just published their annual 2014 report on global food insecurity . Their report highlights that despite some evidence of progress -- 805 million people or 1 in 9 people -- still suffer from hunger. Poor diets stunt the growth of 162 million children every year, 97 percent of them in the developing world, trapping communities in a cycle of ...
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This Is What A World Without Hunger Looks Like, According To Kids Whose Families Don't Have Enough Food 25.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Can you envision a world where everyone has adequate access to food? These kids can. The World Food Program's (WFP) "Zero Hunger: A World Without Hunger" contest inspired children across the globe to create an image in response to the question, "Can you imagine the world without hunger?" A WFP panel chose 16 winners out of hundreds of submissions, representing 27 different countries where the organization is present. To enter the contest, the child needed to be benefiting from a school feeding program that is partnered with the WFP. The organization, which is part of the United Nations and provides food relief to communities in need and victims of natural disaster and conflict, helps feed the 66 million primary school-aged students in developing countries who attend class hungry. The food crisis disproportionately impacts children in such countries, where one in every six is underweight. Check out the submissions from all 16 winners below. All images and captions courtesy of the World Food Program . WFP ...
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Seed libraries dig in to protect their right to share 22.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

A law crackdown threatens to kill seed sharing by treating it as a large-scale operation. Here are seven ways to protect home gardening and heirloom plants.

Seed libraries dig in to protect their right to share
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Climate Change Hunger: World Leaders Must Act 19.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Discussions on curbing greenhouse gas emissions always seem to proceed excruciatingly slowly, as climate change is forever being brushed aside as a far off concern for a distant future. They fail time and again because politicians of all stripes pay more attention to the short-term horizon of the next election than the world future generations will live in. Future generations - after all - cannot vote. That was, until now, the conventional wisdom. It is now becoming increasingly obsolete. New reports show that climate disruptions are already affecting people today, leading to mass migration and threatening food security. Not tomorrow. Not in 2050. Today. Next week, world leaders will meet for the first time in five years to discuss climate change at a special summit convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It is time they started to reflect this new reality. Small-scale farmers and indigenous peoples the world over have been experiencing the ramifications of climate change inaction for some time ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - The House Will Smell Ya Later 19.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Turnout was high for today's vote on Scottish independence, and as soon as we know how that'll affect Hillary's chances in Iowa, we'll let you know. Ezekiel Emanuel penned an Atlantic essay titled, "Why I Hope to Die at 75" that had absolutely nothing to do with putting up with an 80-year-old Rahm Emanuel. And the House is avoiding a number of key votes to get back to their districts and tend to the important issues they must ignore. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, September 18th, 2014: SENATE SYRIA VOTE SOON - "The U.S. Senate on Thursday was poised to approve President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants." Reuters From The Guardian: " Are the Scots independent yet? " (results will be announced 1 am EST) CONGRESS ASHAMED OF ITSELF - More self-loathing on the Hill than at PSLGOPL's group therapy sessions. Jen Bendery and Sabrina Siddiqui: "[W]ith elections around the corner, many lawmakers aren't inclined to wade into a thorny debate ...
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