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An Alarming Number Of Food Banks Are Slashing Portions To Meet Rising Demand 19.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Hunger is on the rise in the U.S. and relief organizations don’t have the resources to meet the growing demand, a recent report concluded. According to a U.S. Conference of Mayors report released earlier this month, 71 percent of surveyed cities saw a rise in requests for emergency food assistance over the past year. But these groups can’t keep up with the increased need. The survey found that 82 percent of cities had to cut portion sizes at emergency kitchens and food pantries in order to feed every client. The study collected responses from 25 cities across the country, including such major metropolises as Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. But feeling strapped isn’t anything new for food banks. After a $5 billion cut to food stamps went into effect last year, an alarming number of aid groups in New York City didn’t have enough supplies for their clients. Last November, nearly half of all food banks and pantries there either ran out of food or particular types of food to make adequate meals or ...
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Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food 14.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Coffee rust at a farm in Cauca, southwestern Colombia. (Photo: Neil Palmer / CIAT ) Lima, Peru - The magnitude of the climate changes brought about by global warming and the alterations in rainfall patterns are modifying the geography of food production in the tropics, warned participants at the climate summit in the Peruvian capital. That was the main concern among experts in food security taking part in the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held Dec. 1-12 in Lima. They are worried about rising food prices if tropical countries fail to take prompt action to adapt. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI estimates that climate change will trigger food price hikes of up to 30 percent. The countryside is the first sector directly affected by climate change, said Andy Jarvis, a researcher at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) who specialises in low-carbon farming in the CGIAR ...
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Hunger, Homelessness On the Rise in Cities Nationwide: Report 12.12.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Native Villagers in Honduras Bet on Food Security - and Win 7.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Victoria, Honduras - The town’s dynamic mayor, Sandro Martínez, assumed the commitment of turning the Honduran municipality of Victoria into a model of food and nutritional security and environmental protection by means of municipal public policies based on broad social and community participation and international development aid. The initiative began to be put into practice four months ago. It was inspired by what the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS) achieved in the Tolupan indigenous community of Pueblo Nuevo, a village located 15 km from the centre of Victoria. In that tribe – as the Tolupan refer to each one of their communities – whose official name is Las Vegas de Tepemechín de Pueblo Nuevo, population 750, 29 children overcame malnutrition thanks to a comprehensive food security plan implemented over the last two years. “I’m proud of this village, of what they have managed to do in such a short time,” the mayor told Tierramérica. ...
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Reversing Global Warming, Hunger and Poverty: Supercharging the Global Grassroots 5.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Chronic Hunger Falling, But One in Nine People Still Affected 2.12.2014 Worldwatch Institute
New Worldwatch Institute analysis examines trends and progress in global hunger For Immediate Release | December 2, 2014 | CONTACT  GAELLE GOURMELON Notes to Editors:      Journalists may obtain a complimentary copy of " Chronic Hunger Falling, But One in Nine People Still Affected "  by contacting Gaelle Gourmelon at  ggourmelon@worldwatch.org .  About the Worldwatch Institute: Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. The Institute’s State of the World report is published annually in more than a dozen languages. For more information, visit  www.worldwatch.org . About Vital Signs Online: Vital Signs Online provides business leaders, policymakers, and engaged citizens with the latest data and analysis they need to understand critical global trends. It is an interactive, subscription-based tool that provides hard data and research-based insights on the sustainability trends that are shaping our future. All of the ...
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'Devastating': Suspension of Food Assistance Threatens 1.7 Million Syrians With Hunger 2.12.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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What Comes After Ebola: Hunger 29.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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The Poor Suffer From Hunger - Not the Munchies 22.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It's also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families. This holiday binds us all together: At least once a year, you should be able to sit around a table with your loved ones, enjoying turkey and mashed potatoes. If a bit of charity is needed to extend this joy to everyone, then many of us are glad to pitch in. But how about the other 364 days of the year? What do the hungry do then? Well, they better not be doing drugs, according to conservative governors like Scott Walker of Wisconsin. This notion falls in line with the image of the so-called "welfare queen," a cruel stereotype of public assistance recipients based on just one woman — a criminal named Linda Taylor , whose illegal activities went far beyond simply welfare fraud. In fact, she was suspected of murder. The typical face of public assistance probably looks a lot more like you — or me. Back in 2006, I got a glowing review ...
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The Poor Suffer from Hunger - Not the Munchies 22.11.2014 Truthout.com
Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It's also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families. This holiday binds us all together: At least once a year, you should be able to sit around a table with your loved ones, enjoying turkey and mashed potatoes. If a bit of charity is needed to extend this joy to everyone, then many of us are glad to pitch in. But how about the other 364 days of the year? What do the hungry do then? Well, they better not be doing drugs, according to conservative governors like Scott Walker of Wisconsin. This notion falls in line with the image of the so-called "welfare queen," a cruel stereotype of public assistance recipients based on just one woman — a criminal named Linda Taylor , whose illegal activities went far beyond simply welfare fraud. In fact, she was suspected of murder. The typical face of public assistance probably looks a lot more like you — or me. Back in 2006, I got a glowing review ...
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Three Loaves movement takes on hunger with real food for real people 15.11.2014 TreeHugger
Here's how you do hunger activism and community-building in an accessible, scalable, social, and fun manner, three loaves of bread at a time.
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US/India WTO Agreement: How Corporate Greed Trumps Needs of World's Poor and Hungry 14.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Responding to Climate Change from the Grassroots Up 8.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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The Right to Food: An Interview With Hilal Elver 8.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Hilal Elver is the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. She grew up in Turkey, where she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Ankara Law School and began her teaching career. Her expertise was soon pressed into government service when the Turkish government appointed her as the founding legal advisor to the Ministry of the Environment. Later, they asked her to serve as the General Director of Women's Status. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Michigan Ann Arbor Law School, where she worked on the International Environmental Law Convention on Hazardous Materials and International Rivers. Following that work, she was appointed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as Chair of Environmental Diplomacy at University of Malta. Returning to the U.S. in 1996, she resumed her university teaching career, while continuing to work on environmental issues, human security, climate change, and food security. She also earned a Doctor of Judicial Science (SJD) ...
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The Great Recession, Six Years Later: Uneven Recovery, Flawed Indicators, and a Struggling Working Class 7.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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We Could End Hunger If We Recovered Half Of The 1.3 Billion Tons Of Food Wasted Each Year 1.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Advocates claim a new, innovative website could help salvage some of the alarming amount of global food waste. The Global Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction was launched last week by three United Nations agencies -- the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program -- and aims to be a global resource for individuals and organizations hoping to curb food waste, according to a press release from the U.N. According to the World Food Program, about one in nine people -- or 805 million -- do not have enough food to live a healthy, active life, and developing regions of Africa and Asia are disproportionately affected by the crisis. If even just half of the 1.3 billion tons of wasted food every year went to hungry people, hunger would be eradicated, Reuters reported. "When food is saved, the resources used to produce it are saved ," Maria Helena Semedo, FAO deputy director general, Natural Resources, said in the press ...
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Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa 23.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security 22.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Information about water use and availability helps us learn how to best use this resource. If we can collect the pieces, we can solve the puzzle.

8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security
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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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