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Top Hunger News: Out of Poverty? World Cup Holds Out Elusive Dream

Out of Poverty? For South African Woman, One of Many, World Cup Holds Out an Elusive Dream. Cecilia Dube's dream has taken her from dust-choked building sites to university classrooms, from the rubble of demolished food stands to cooking meals in a park in an upscale neighborhood where fans watch World Cup soccer on a giant screen. [Washington Examiner]

Niger’s Silent Crisis. Britain's aid agencies are launching an appeal to help the people of Niger, where half the country's population is going hungry following droughts that have led to crop failures and food shortages. [BBC]

Somalia: Help for Drought-Displaced Pastoralists. With more and more drought-affected pastoralists in the self-declared republic of Somaliland seeking alternative livelihoods in urban areas, aid organizations and the government are instituting measures to not only check the rural-urban migration but also support those remaining in rural areas. [IRIN]

Hunger and the Market. For the destitute and the disadvantaged, however old or infirm, the choice is between undignified, low-paying hard work or hunger. [The Hindu]

USAID Chief Highlights Crucial Role of Women in Aid Efforts, Harps On Haiti Experience. Rajiv Shah, administrator of the Agency for International Development, stressed the need for development strategies to focus on women ... [All Headline News]

Poverty, Dropout Rates Threaten Texas' Future. The state's public schools have more and more low-income kids and persistently high dropout rates—and unless that changes, the future of Texas will contain more long-term unemployment and poverty. [The Houston Chronicle]

Fathers: The Greatest Weapon against Poverty. As good citizens, we should look beyond the gifts and other trappings to examine in a practical sense why fathers should be appreciated. [Dakota Voice]

Midwest Consumer Prices Inch Up in May. From April to May, food and energy prices each increased by 0.4 percent. Food prices rose after recording no change in the previous two months. [The Business Journal]

New Livestock Rules Could Change Balance of Power. The USDA has released new rules that could fundamentally change the balance of power between large meat packers and independent poultry, hog and cattle producers. The federal agency sees this as a way to reinvigorate rural communities. [Daily Yonder]

Climate Change/Environment
A Million Trees and Counting—German Boy Activist Fights Climate Change.
Felix Finkbeiner, a speaker at DW's Global Media Forum, was 9 when he came up with the idea of planting trees around the world. He's now 12 and his idea has snowballed into a green student movement in 70 countries. [DW-World.de]

$6 Million Program to Train Workers for Green Jobs in Ohio. The Energizing Careers Program is accepting requests for proposals from companies looking to train employees for the growing energy economy … [Chillicothe Gazette]


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