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As we toast to 2011 and say our New Year's resolutions, let's also toast to the many 2010 global accomplishments related to hunger and undernutrition. Let's also keep our resolutions lofty for the upcoming year. Here are a few 2010 accomplishments to celebrate: Hunger reports and journals, such as the Bread for the World Institute's 2011 Hunger Report and Feeding America's Hunger in American 2010 Conferences like the First Global Conference on Biofortification hosted by HarvestPlus and the 2010 Borlaug Dialogue hosted by the World Food Prize Partnerships like AARP and Jeff Gordon's race to beat hunger and Taste of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Every year, 3.5 million mothers and children under five die due to malnutrition. The 1,000 Days movement is a unified call to action to individuals, businesses, NGOs, and political leaders to impact malnutrition during the first 1,000 days from pregnancy to age 2. This movement was kicked off this morning at an event co-hosted by United States Seceretary of State Hillary Clinton and Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin. World leaders came together to discuss how to reduce childhood undernutrition and scale up nutrition programs. Foreign Minister Martin’s opening words captured a thematic message saying “there is strength in unity.” The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Filipino Rice Policy from Magee Clegg on Vimeo. A Film By: Magee Clegg 'Filipino Rice Policy' is an eye opening short documentary that explores the world of politics surrounding Agriculture in the Philippines. Myths, corruption, and the lack of understanding have allowed the Philippine Department of Agriculture to guide Filipinos towards a facade of food security. Former Secretaries of Agriculture Carlos Dominguez, Senen Bacani, and Roberto Sebastion along with many other well known rice policy experts believe that the Department of Agriculture has been leading Filipinos in the wrong direction for too long, and it is now time to change... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Friday, May 28, 2010 "The Obama administration on Thursday released a sweeping statement of its national security goals," the Los Angeles Times reports. The 52-page document "calls for the United States to strengthen international institutions, to heed treaties and norms, and to build stronger ties to allies, including to the emerging powers of India, Brazil and China. It says the United States needs to manage the emergence of new powers, while pressuring other nations to shoulder more of the burden of international problems," according to the newspaper (Richter, 5/27). "The overarching goal of Obama's National Security Strategy, intended to guide... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
A guest blog by Lauren Smith We don't always hear stories from individuals about hunger, health, food security, obesity or malnutrition challenges. Stories help the facts come to life and they help us better understand what we are fighting for. Here are a few stories to learn from: MSF Frontline Report An audio story of a young woman from Bihar State, India who faces malnutrition challenges. Ye'Absire Tessema Slum Dweller/ Addis Ababa, Ethiopia A short video of Ye'Absire's story about fighting malnutrition. Ensuring Food Security A UN photo gallery of the fight against hunger. "I just want to be normal":... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
A guest blog by Lauren Smith These upcoming food and health related conferences may be of interest: May The Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) Annual Conference 2010 16-19 May in Saskatoon, Canada This conference features key note speakers who will cover topics related to development cooperation. The workshop covers social networks and sustainable collaborations. Farm to Cafeteria Conference 17-19 May in Detroit, Michigan During the conference attendees will learn about initiatives involving pre-school, K-12, childcare facilities, hospitals, colleges and prisons. Agriculture Price Volatility: Prospects, Challengs and Possible Solutions 26-19 May in Barcelona, Spain The seminar program includes... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
A guest blog by Lauren Smith Several years ago I traveled to Uganda to study sustainable development initiatives inside and outside of the urban community. One of the most memorial experiences was on a rural farm and home tour. Our tour guide, who was an entrepreneur and appeared to be in his 70s, was very impressive. He built a multi-room home by hand and he managed several farm plots. Thanks to his leadership and support from the community his harvest was profitable. He grew a diversity of plants designed to rotate with the seasons and weather conditions. We toured his... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
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Apr 28, 2010
A guest blog by Lauren Smith Over the next three days President Obama will visit Iowa, Illinois and Missouri to talk with rural farmers and visit businesses. Today President Obama is visiting Siemens Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing Plant in Fort Madison and after he is hosting a town hall meeting at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. Many Iowans claim to be "spoiled" by the amount of political attention they receive, especially around the Iowa caucuses, but many are also living the day to day challenges in America today. The March 2010 unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.8 percent and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
A guest blog by Lauren Smith. Earth Day 2010 is not just about climate change or the revisions to the US climate bill-- it's about international health. Changing weather patterns impacts human health and well-being, agricultural developments, risk of infectious diseases, air quality, indoor pollution and more. You can learn more about the impacts of climate change and health via the World Health Organization site. The WHO lists key health and climate facts that include: Climate change affects the fundamental requirements for health-- clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. The global warming that occurred since the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Guest Blog by Lauren Smith. The January 2010 earthquake left Haiti with 1.3 million homeless, 3,000 amputees (WHO estimate), over 220,000 people dead and the capital Port-au-Prince in ruins. What are the growing post-disaster challenges? What is being done to continue to rebuild and to recover Haiti? The United States has identified agriculture, energy and health as top Haiti priorities. First, emergency response teams are focusing on agriculture as it relates to boosting crop production, investing in "high value" crops for export (see the Coca-Cola Company Haiti Hope Project), repairing irrigation systems and transferring good technologies. Second, renewable energy, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
The report "Transforming Agriculture Research for Development" will to be presented at the first and upcoming Global Conference on Agriculture Research Development (GCARD). Insights for this paper, written by the Global Authors' Team (GAT), have come from extensive research and regional agricultural outreach to emerging economies. The report also asks a group of G8 leaders from industrialized countries to identify food production needs and a course of action. Some of the transformational agricultural obstacles and opportunities outlined in the executive summary are: Women and children in poverty Microeconomics of households living in poverty National and regional organizations Gender concerns Civil... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
The eradication of extreme poverty and hunger is the first goal listed on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). U.S. government agencies are joining forces to address global food insecurity. A recent GAO report indicates that "strategy is under way, but approach has several vulnerabilities." To build this report, data has been collected from ten global food security conscious U.S. agencies, outreach was conducted in select countries with U.S. mission staff, host governments, NGOs and donors, and lastly key representatives attended the 2009 World Food Summit. The report, in short, states that there is a broad array of outreach,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Yesterday, International Women's Day (IWD), was a day to raise awareness and a day of celebration. Across the globe governments, organizations and individuals honored the women who have come before us and the women working to better the future. Awareness was raised about key women's issues. One of these top line issues was global health. Global health, as a women's issue, was noted on IWD by leaders and leading organizations. First Lady Michelle Obama gave remarks yesterday at an IWD reception and she addressed global health. She said, "We're pursuing a global health strategy that makes important investments in child... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Hospital patients, especially in Britain, face bigger malnutrition problems than anyone expected. A report, delivered to ministers in August 2009, was only published yesterday. In sum, it indicates that in 2007 nearly 47,800 people died in NHS hospitals due to malnutrition causes. The release of the report has stirred up a gamut of responses and related concerns. The Telegraph, a leading newspaper in England, quotes Michelle Mitchell, from Age Concern and Help the Aged, who said: "Despite thousands of older people dying in hospitals while malnourished each year, the failure of health ministers is to lay out any concrete actions... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Today 35,000 people from around the globe tuned in to learn what experts had to say about meeting 21st century challenges related to food needs. The event, “Now Serving 9 Billion: A Global Dialogue on Meeting Foods Needs for the Next Generation,” was held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. It was truly an international event with participants from throughout the United States and over 30 nations across the world. The event opened with a short video about the life and times of Dr. Norman Borlaug. As the father of the green revolution, he often spoke about the importance of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Friday, February 12th CropLife International, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and CAST are organizing a Town Hall discussion to address future challenges for farmers and nations. The event, hosted at The Newseum, will showcase Dr. Borlaug’s work and will allow for interaction with a group of panelists with diverse backgrounds via a pane discussion. Individuals can join the discussion in person, or online via Webcast, Twitter, Facebook, or e-mail. For more detailed information on this event, download the event flyer. Register for the event by visiting: Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Yesterday Dr. C. Jerry Nelson, Professor from the University of Missouri at Columbia, spoke at a forum sponsored by the Korean Economic Institute on Human Security in North Korea. His lecture, entitle "Incipient Transitions in North Korea's Agriculture Sector: Reflections from Farmers," gives observational examples about the agricultural difficulties the DPRK is facing. Dr. Nelson has visited rural farms in North Korea and has talked with local farmers. It is very difficult to gather reliable data from the DPRK, so Dr. Nelson used photos to illustrate the water, energy, fertilizer and machinery challenges. He described North Korean farming as "farming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
David P. Lambert, former FAS Counselor for the US Mission to The UN Agencies in Rome, addresses the link between hunger and government in his lecture at Auburn University. Lambert notes that the term "hunger" is no longer used in Washington. Instead, the word "hunger" has been replaced by the phrase "food insecure." This change occurred because leadership connected the word "hunger" to health issues, as opposed to connecting hunger to security, and hunger was too difficult to measure. Government health challenges stretch beyond Washington, DC. Lambert points to one UN estimate saying "that an eight year old child in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti last Tuesday, and medical teams across the globe are scrambling to aid the millions affected by this devastation. The damage has impeded access to pain medication, supplies, and bandages, and there exist numerous health challenges. Organizations and individuals are in need of your help now and in the long-term. Here are ten ways you can help medical relief in Haiti today: Direct Relief International is working with numerous sponsors to provide medical aid to earthquake-affected areas in Haiti. All funds go directly to programmatic expenses related to assisting people in Haiti.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Pakistan 2009 © Eymeric Laurent-Gascoin / MSF Doctors Without Borders recently published the “Top Ten Humanitarian Crises of 2009,” a report that highlights some of the toughest international medical challenges drawn from the work done in over 70 countries. Childhood malnutrition was amongst these challenges, along with neglected diseases and AIDS treatment. The report estimates that 3.5 to 5 million children die each year from malnutrition and related causes. You can read more about malnutrition as one of the “Top Ten Humanitarian Crises of 2009” here: You can also review Doctors Without Borders malnutrition context here: Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2009 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
New hope exists for women and children abroad suffering from malnutrition. Eric Muñoz, Interntaional Policy Analyst for Bread for the World Institute recently published a briefing paper entitled “New Hope for Malnourished Mothers and Children." The paper highlights recent positive focus on global nutritional challenges. Muñoz notes the work of US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank, as well as recent case studies that aim to combat malnutrition. Women and children generally suffer the most from malnutrition. Mothers suffering from malnutrition often die during childbirth or pass along poor health conditions to their children, who are then... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2009 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
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