Food Security

The United Nations taps blockchain to solve world hunger

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Hundreds of millions of people go hungry every night, and after a succesful pilot the UN thinks that blockchain could help …

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'Women In Rural India Register Gains In Nutrition, Food Security'

Food security for women in rural India increased from 21 per cent in 2015 to 53 per cent in 2017, according to a research by Grameen Foundation and …

Agriculture

UN refugee cash card scheme boosts Lebanese grocers

In three years, Lebanese grocer Ali Khiami hired six staff, invested in property and funded his children’s university education. Business is booming …

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Famine must receive more of the world’s attention

Americans shouldn’t be distracted from addressing one of the world’s great crises: starvation affecting millions.<p>June 28, 2017 —That famine could …

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Vulnerable 'Chokepoints' Threaten Global Food Security, Experts Warn

Chatham House analysts say climate change could affect 14 key transportation routes.<p>More than a dozen supply chains and trade routes that facilitate global food trade are vulnerable to unforeseen crises or climate change, according to a new report.<p>Analysts at Chatham House, the U.K.-based think …

Climate Change

The massive health disparity between North and South Korea

The wildly differing trajectories of North and South Korea since they were divided at the end of World War II are well known.<p>Slightly murkier are the very human statistics illustrating the differences between the two. The paranoically secretive nature of North Korea means that a wealth of data is …

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Those Who Say The Refugee Crisis Is Not Our Problem, Are The Problem

This time last month I returned from a beautiful part of the world. A continent I have been in love with since my early twenties when I lived there. At that time, it was Zimbabwe. This time, the wonderful people at World Vision, whom I do a little work for, asked me to go to Northern Uganda and …

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World’s food supplies at risk as climate change threatens international trade, experts warn

The world’s food supplies are in danger as climate change and the increasing reliance on global trade threaten to create shortages and sudden, …

Climate Change

News24.com | WFP chief urges EU to step up funds for Africa famine

The UN food agency's director has urged the European Union to help raise the $1bn needed over the next few months to save hundreds of thousands of …

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Donors pledge $352 million to help Uganda's South Sudanese refugees

| KAMPALA<p>About $352 million has been pledged to help Uganda cope with an influx of refugees fleeing conflict in South Sudan, donors said on Friday.<p>Uganda needs some $2 billion for its surging refugee population. The money would fund operations for the next 12 months .<p>About 1.3 million refugees have …

World News

The Peril and Promise of Peanut Butter

The spread that’s poisonous to a growing number of people also is the basis of a medical therapy that saves the lives of millions of children.<p>Despite their diminutive scale, peanuts play an outsized role in American culture. Peanut butter has long been a mainstay of the American lunch box, with its …

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South Sudan food crisis: UN says aid dwindling in world's fastest-growing refugee crisis

<b>Uganda:</b> Food aid soon will run out for nearly a million South Sudanese sheltering in Uganda in what has become the world's fastest-growing refugee …

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Here's what you need to know about travelling to North Korea

I had been living in South Korea for a little over a year when it really sunk in just how despicable North Korea’s growing tourism industry is.<p>I was …

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Yemen cholera outbreak: Number of affected could surpass 300,000 by September, says UN

<b>Geneva:</b> A cholera outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen could infect more than 300,000 people by the end of August, up from nearly 193,000 cases at present, …

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Climate smart agricultural practices in Haryana, India: The way forward & challenges

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) defines Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) as an approach that helps to guide actions needed to transform …

Agriculture

Yemen cholera cases could surpass 300k by September: UN

The number of Yemenis infected with cholera is expected to rise to more than 300,000, the UN says.

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Couple Builds Community Cupboard in One of Winnipeg's Poorest Neighborhoods

The idea behind the community cupboard is straightforward: If you have food or other items you want to share, put it in the cupboard, and if you need …

Poverty

Facebook's Crisis Mapper And Using Data To Solve Humanitarian And Wildlife Crises

Earlier this month Facebook announced a new crisis mapping initiative focused on utilizing its vast behavioral archives to allow select humanitarian organizations like the Red Cross, World Food Programme and UNICEF access rapidly updating maps of where Facebook users travel to and from in the …

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Global Change: An Overview | Learn Science at Scitable

We live in a world where humans are having profound impacts on the global environment. Climate is warming, the populations of many species are in …

Climate Change

US taxpayers are helping the Syrian regime in a strategic city

Almost every weekday, tons of lentils, salt, oil and wheat flour are loaded onto an Ilyusin-76 cargo plane at an airport in Jordan.<p>Russian contract pilots then fly nearly 400 miles across the Syrian border and parachute the supplies from about 15,000 feet over the outskirts of a …

Syria

After Svalbard: why safety of world seed vaults is crucial to future food security

There is a fearful irony to recent news of flooding at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. This was supposed to be humanity’s most impregnable …

Agriculture

How climate change will threaten food security of world's poorest countries

Some of the world’s poorest countries will be hit hardest as climate change affects marine fisheries all over the world, according to a new study.<p>The …

Climate Change

UN renews appeal for increased humanitarian funds

The UN says the current funds for humanitarian assistance are not enough as needs grow worldwide.

World Food Program

Uganda may be best place in the world to be a refugee. But that could change without more money.

KAMPALA, Uganda — Every day for nearly a year, an average of about 2,000 refugees have entered Uganda from South Sudan. Most of them are women and children who have spent several days traveling by foot, fleeing a civil war and famine that has devastated the world’s youngest country. Some saw their …

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The Fastest-Growing Refugee Crisis Is The One You've Probably Heard The Least About

More than 1.4 million South Sudanese people have been forced to flee across borders in the last year.<p>World Refugee Day is a sobering reminder of just how many people around the world are left with no choice but to flee. And that number continues to climb.<p>More than 3 million people have been forced …

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Returning Nigerian refugees could create new crisis as rainy season starts: UNHCR

GENEVA (Reuters) - Nigerian refugees who fled Islamist militants are returning from Cameroon into a country that is still not equipped to support them, and they risk creating a new humanitarian crisis, the head of the U.N. refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, said on Wednesday.<p>The UNHCR issued a similar …

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South Sudan Food Security Situation Worsens on War, Poor Harvest - Bloomberg

South Sudan’s food-security situation deteriorated this month because of continuing conflict, a poor harvest and surging inflation, with half the …

Africa

U.N. glimpses into blockchain future with eye scan payments for refugees

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan's Azraq camp don't pay for their food with cash but by a scan of their eyes.<p>Purchases are then recorded on a computing platform based on blockchain - the technology behind bitcoin.<p>Iris recognition devices at the checkouts of …

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Reaching those in need

As fighting displaces families in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, UNICEF works to deliver life-saving care and supplies.<p>Straddling a dry riverbed, …

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With little money to combat cholera in Haiti, U.N. names new fundraising chief

A former top State Department official and head of the United Nations’ World Food Program has been tapped to develop a comprehensive fundraising …

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