Why does hunger persist in a world of plenty? In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting extreme poverty in half by 2010, why has it not yet cut hunger in half?
Then, slowly, another feeling started to creep in. Gratitude. Grateful, of course, for all I have. But also because I have the opportunity to do something about the problem every day, simply by coming to work.
Did my plan work? When your driver came back out on the street, opened the door to your black SUV and handed you a cup of what really is Chicago's best coffee, from our neighborhood place, did he also give you a copy of my book? And if he did, did the title spark enough interest for you to read the story that featured you?
We keep chasing crises. The international community -- humanitarians, journalists, funders, and general public -- go from one emergency to another, forgetting the ones left behind, until we end up back at an old one because... it's again a crisis!
As Syria's tragic civil war enters its fifth year, we can't forget the silent enemy that civilians face daily: hunger. We, the international community, must do everything possible to feed Syria's war victims.
Mothers like Achta will do all within their power to feed their children, but sometimes the reality is that it's just not possible. As a result, the children pay the price. The damage to their bodies and minds is irreversible.
Is hanger something Snickers just made up for their weird ad campaign where Johnny Manziel teaches Zumba?
A lot of appropriate attention is focused on hunger and food insecurity as well as obesity. However, malnutrition, also known as undernutrition, is a bigger threat because of the deeper health consequences it creates.
However imperfect our health system may be, we generally have the information and tools at our disposal to identify and select the best options for our individual needs. In the developing world, however, making these same informed decisions is actually an acutely-felt barrier, one that often prevents women and their families from enjoying good health.
It's a simple solution that has the potential -- the opportunity to help people facing food insecurity get more than just enough to eat, but to breakdown some of the barriers to preparing and consuming the healthful foods for herself and her family.
The thought of kids failing in school because they lacked such a simple thing - breakfast - makes me crazy. But we can do something about it.
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.
For the past seven months, as thousands of people have fled Borno, Yobe and northern Adamawa State for the peace of Yola, the university and members of our peace initiative have been distributing food.
We all remember the Ice Bucket Challenge from last summer and its amazing success, raising money for research to cure ALS. What if that same spirit could be used to save children from starvation around the world?
A new report by the UK Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) projects that reducing food waste by 20 to 50 percent per year by 2030 could save $120 billion to $300 billion annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 200 million to 1 billion tons, which is more than the annual emissions of Germany.
On International School Meals Day think of this ultimate goal: That every child in the world should receive food and education. Our generation should be the one that makes this wish for children come true.