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Guest post by: Adam Rochwerg, Intern at the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional office for North America Island inhabitants are suffering, water levels are rising, and livelihoods of island dwellers are increasingly threatened. The global environmental community is working hard to bring notoriety to this plight, yet more needs to be done – everyone needs to get involved. On June 5, the global community will commemorate World Environment Day. Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Environment Day is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Since the first World Environment... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Humanitas Global Development Blog
Guest post by: Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Hunger and undernutrition can be eliminated by 2025. Meeting this aspirational target is an immense but not insurmountable challenge, and it needs to receive adequate attention in the post-2015 development agenda. The world has made some headway in achieving the Millennium Development Goal of reducing hunger, but global progress in halving hunger is not on track for the 2015 deadline. Close to 850 million people worldwide—about 1 in 8 people on the planet—still go hungry every day, especially in Africa south of the Sahara, Western... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
By Jorge Rojas-Ruiz, Humanitas Global Photo credit: This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the International Day of Families, a global observance day focused on sustainable development through the strengthening of family roles. This year’s theme, “Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals; International Year of the Family +20,” focuses on and highlights the role of families in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As a microcosm of society, families are the face of the problems and struggles we experience as a society. To address these obstacles and break the cycle of poverty, it will take all levels... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Humanitas Global Development Blog
By Jorge Rojas-Ruiz, Humanitas Global In light of today’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of the International Day of Families and this year’s declaration by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming, this week is an opportune time to focus the spotlight on family farming’s role in fighting global hunger and ensuring a well-balanced nutrition for all. Smallholder family farms face a specific set of challenges and opportunities and require agricultural, social and environmental policies that support their needs and role in supporting food and nutrition security. Family farmers are leading actors in ensuring global food security.... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
by Jorge Rojas-Ruiz, Humanitas Global Ocean-source food production is crucial for future sustainable food supply around the globe because of its nutritional value, resistance to climate change and market accessibility. Currently, 20 percent of animal protein intake for 3 billion people throughout the world consists of fish. An estimated 10 to 12 percent of the world’s population depend on aquaculture as a source for food. This week, global leaders from the private, public and civil sectors came together at The Hague for the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. These leaders discussed how to balance conservation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
By Kiana Davis, Humanitas Global Throughout Central America, coffee farmers are facing the very severe effects of climate change in the form of the roya, a rust fungus which causes leaves to fall from coffee plants and keeps them from producing full harvests. Many Central American governments have declared a “State of Emergency” due to the roya, as it affects the more than 351,000 coffee growers and two million citizens throughout the region whose livelihoods depend on coffee production. In the 2012-2013 coffee season, there was an estimated loss of 437,000 jobs, and that number is expected to continue rising... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
by Jorge Rojas-Ruiz, Humanitas Global In 2011, 768 million people around the globe lacked access to improved water sources and 2.5 billion people did not have access to improved sanitation. In recognition of this challenge, this year’s theme for World Water Day, observed annually on March 22, focuses on the relationship between water and energy, including the role energy sources (such as electricity) play in providing sanitation services. One of the five key messages of this year’s theme focuses on the water and sanitation needs of the “bottom billion.” Improved water and sanitation are critical for elevating the overall health... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
By Jorge Rojas-Ruiz, Humanitas Global Over the past 50 years the developing world has evidenced a decline of malnourishment; however, global obesity rates have doubled in the last thirty years – almost 10 percent of men and 14 percent of women throughout the world are now obese. Obesity is a major challenge for young populations – 43 million preschool children around the world were overweight or obese in 2010, accounting for the combined populations of Portugal, Switzerland, Bolivia and Guatemala. Moreover, roughly 81% of this number accounts for children in developing countries according to one global estimate, debunking previous beliefs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
by Jorge Rojas-Ruiz, Humanitas Global Part of improving food security is ensuring that food is not only of high nutritional value, but is also safe to eat. Last week, Secure Nutrition and Abt Associates presented an analysis of aflatoxins in the food systems of Tanzania and Nigeria, as a framework for how countries and organizations could assess the issue and take action to prevent contamination. Aflatoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by two particular species of fungi that can contaminate many dietary staple foods such as maize, groundnuts, rice, soybeans, and cassava. The aflatoxin-producing fungus contaminates the grain before the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Thank you for your comment! Some of the partnerships in nutrition between the World Food Programme (WFP) and corporations reflect the scaling principles that the speakers discussed. For example, in conjunction with the PepsiCo Foundation and USAID, WFP launched a project that promotes long-term nutritional and economic secuirty in Ethiopia. The project uses PepsiCo and USAID's agricultural expertise to assist smallholder chickpea farmers in order to increase production, strengthen agricultural value chains and expand domestic and export markets. Furthermore, PepsiCo Foundation will help WFP develop a locally sourced, nutrient-rich, ready-to-use supplementary food to combat malnutrition in children under five. This is just one example and you may find more through the "Meet our Partners" page of the WFP ( I hope this is useful and I am happy to answer any other questions that you may have!
by Jorge Rojas-Ruiz, Humanitas Global In his 2012 Democratic National Convention speech, former President Bill Clinton stated that “Advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because discrimination, poverty and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and a new wealth for all of us.” While this speech was directed at U.S. citizens, it is applicable for everyone around the world. As former President Clinton argued, education and empowerment are successful tools in generating income and growth, and possess the potential to have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Humanitas Global Development Blog
by Jorge Rojas-Ruiz, Humanitas Global There are more than 370 million self-identified indigenous people throughout the globe, occupying about 20% of the world’s territory. Indigenous people constitute 5% of the world’s population, but represent about 15% of the world’s poor. Throughout time they have been socially and economically excluded, and encountered hurdles in their fight for human rights, such as equal access to economic opportunities. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2005-2015 the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People themed, "A Decade for Action and Dignity." In response, Friday, August 9th, the global community celebrates the 19th annual... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at Humanitas Global Development Blog
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