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UN at 70, Ready to be Retired?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.

North Korea Suffers Worst Drought In 100 Years

Reuters | Posted 06.18.2015 | World

(Adds UN comment, paras 5,8,9) SEOUL, June 16 (Reuters) - Reclusive North Korea said on Tuesday it has been hit by the worst drought i...

Saying Thank You In the Best Way Possible

Sarah Cannata | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact
Sarah Cannata

I was listening to a great leader... someone who had hit rock bottom (maybe even that place below rock bottom) and rose again through sheer determination.

Charlotte Alfred

Meet The Farmers Who Want To Feed Their War-Torn Nation

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.10.2015 | World

TAMBURA, South Sudan –- Pineapple farmer Marko Bagayowya has big plans. He wants to build a juice factory and sell South Sudan-made drinks. He wants...

Life in a Conflict Zone: Why the South Sudanese are Longing for Peace

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Peter spoke softly, looking at the ground as he explained how he arrived at this displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Juba, capital city of the world's newest nation, South Sudan.

From Famine to Feast in Forty Years: Policy Matters

Shenggen Fan | Posted 03.03.2015 | Impact
Shenggen Fan

In pursuing increased agricultural productivity at nearly all costs, global agriculture has become a major contributor of greenhouse gasses and resource use. Today, we are challenged with degraded lands, scarce natural resources, and a rapidly warming planet.

The Real and Heroic Hunger Games

William Lambers | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Imagine if war came to your community. What if you lost your whole income and food supplies became more limited each day? Farms and factories that supply food could no longer function because of the violence.

Is America a Sheep or a Goat?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The national holiday celebrating Dr. King's birthday is over, but I hope we will heed and act on his 1967 declaration and work to win the first victory right here at home in the biggest economy on earth and end the shame of 14.7 million children being the poorest Americans by ending child poverty now.

Trapped in an Open Air Prison

Crystal Wells | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Mary Nyalipe Yoac has lived through five famines and four wars. Her brown eyes, now fading into a bluish grey with age, have witnessed more brutality and suffering than most can comprehend. Tragically, the last 10 months were no different, her community devoured by fighting and all that she owned destroyed or looted.

Feeding the World with Love

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

We need to stop looking at the Earth as a fearful foe that can only be tamed with science, domination, and chemicals. We also need to stop looking at our hunger as something that can be satisfied with anything edible, rather than real, wholesome organic food.

Without Its Farmers, South Sudan Remains Perilously Close to Famine

CARE | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
CARE

World Food Day is an important date for farming communities across the globe -- but not in South Sudan. Without its farmers, markets and transport infrastructure, this country remains perilously close to famine.

Famine Alert: Immediate Response Is Needed to Combat Somalia's Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Vanessa Thevathasan

Famine is at Somalia's door once again. In May, U.N. officials alerted the international community that up to 200,000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition by the end of the year. The situation is exacerbated by the limited international response.

Famine Alert: Immediate Response Is Needed to Combat Somalia's Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Famine is at Somalia's door once again. In May, U.N. officials alerted the international community that up to 200,000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition by the end of the year. The situation is exasperated by the limited international response.

Heroic Efforts to Feed the Starving in South Sudan

William Lambers | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

You need to call in an airplane to drop food into this remote location. But you need a landing area and a place to hand out the food. You are going to be feeding thousands of people. This is no tiny operation.

From a Displacement Camp in Juba, Former Director of Agriculture Watches as his State Slides Closer to Famine

Crystal Wells | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

A year ago, James Gatluak, 38, was working with farmers across all nine counties in Unity State to increase food production. Today, he is stuck in a displacement camp in Juba, his state overrun by violence and its people sliding closer to famine.

With Fighting, There Will Be Too Much Famine

Crystal Wells | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

"If peace comes, we will go home," she says, wiping sweat from her brow. "We will rebuild our tukuls [homes] and send our children to school. If [peace does not come] we will stay here, because we have nowhere to go."

Here's All The Ways We Could Have Died Last Week

Katie Tandy | Posted 11.02.2014 | Comedy
Katie Tandy

Guys, did you know that your life is in danger? Well. It is. But fret not. Because weather.com has kept a keen eye on the grim reaper and every one of his manifestations.

Warning Signs of Another Famine, Lessons to Be Learned From the Past

Shukri Harbi | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Shukri Harbi

The UN does not declare a famine until acute malnutrition rates among children exceed 30 percent, more than two people per every 10,000 die per day, and people are not able to access food and other basic necessities.

Child War Refugees Starving in Cameroon

William Lambers | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Imagine fleeing a war that is taking place in your country. The further the distance you get from the fighting, the safer you would seem to be. Tragically this is not the case. For another enemy is waiting for you. It is hunger, and dehydration. These are the most relentless of foes. You cannot run from them.

South Sudan Slips Into Vicious Chaos Amidst International Belatedness, Lack of Commitment

Eric Reeves | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Eric Reeves

This confluence of forces has made catastrophe inevitable; the question is not whether famine will strike, but where and how hard -- and how many thousands of lives will be lost.

Girl, 3, Led Her Blind Father On Foot For 4 Hours To Get Supplies In War-Torn South Sudan

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 05.02.2014 | Impact

One little girl puts a name and a face to the struggles of so many in South Sudan. Nyakhat Pal, 3, walked for four hours with her elderly and blin...

Your Doctors Are Worried

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

In a nuclear war involving as few as 100 weapons anywhere in the world, the global climate and agricultural production would be affected so severely that the lives of more than 2 billion people would be in jeopardy.

Ghastly State of Affairs in Tharparkar

Mariam Khan | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Mariam Khan

Tharparkar, a desert region in Pakistan is yet again suffering from one of the worst famines in its history. Did the Pakistan government not learn from the preceding famines that have repeatedly targeted the area in the past?

Act Now to Stop Mass Starvation in Central African Republic

William Lambers | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

WFP, which relies on voluntary funding, has received so little in donations that it has not been able to preposition food for the rainy season. This is the time of year when roads are washed out and food supplies cannot move.

Hunger Is Everywhere: Perspectives From a 30-Hour Famine

William Lambers | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Even when her friends use the expression, Kelly reminds them "No, you are not starving." There are people in the world who really face starvation, struggling to find food every hour of every day. "Hunger is everywhere" as she puts it. This cruel condition is one no one should go through.