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Top Hunger News: "Just Give Money to Poor People" Idea Gains Popularity

INTERNATIONAL

A Revolution in Global Aid to the Poor. Here's a radical idea to tackle world poverty – give money straight to the poor. [The Guardian]

Balancing the Weights of Poverty and Population. As the economic crisis unfolds and the outlook darkens, the world will have to intensify its poverty reduction effort. [Treehugger]

Design of Millennium Development Goals Faulted By Experts. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are giving policy makers sleepless nights, considering that the 2015 deadline is around the corner. [Business Daily]

Niger: Acute Child Malnutrition Increases by 42%. Nearly 17 percent of Niger’s children younger than five suffer acute malnutrition, a 42 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a national survey released by the government. [IRIN}

Yemen: Child Care Scheme Helps Refugee Women Become Breadwinners. The child care centre, in the home of Saida Ahmed Omar, hosts between 30-40 children of working mothers, and is one of 15 in Basateen, a slum area of Aden, home to about 40,000 Somalis and Yemenis with Somali ties. [IRIN]

DOMESTIC

Grocery Closings Leave Rural Residents Few Options. Craig Chancellor tried everything he could, but last November he finally closed the Turkey General Store, leaving the small Texas Panhandle town without a grocery. [StarTribune]

[Blog] Panera Bread’s “Pay What You Wish” Store is Pretty Awesome. If there’s one thing I would like for us to be remembered for in the 21st century, it’d be that we stopped worrying about squeezing a profit out of everything we do in the world of business and started using our resources to make the world a better place. [Market Musings]

Mid-Atlantic Wholesale Produce Company Feeds Hometown Hungry. Four Seasons Produce, Inc., a wholesale distributor of produce and its subsidiaries, is proud to announce a fundraising partnership with Feeding America. [PR Newswire]

CLIMATE CHANGE/ENVIRONMENT

OECD’s Focus on the Global Future May Have an Effect on the Farm Bill Conversation. In a move with implications for the 2012 farm bill debate in the United States, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is shifting its agricultural focus from reforming agricultural subsidies in developed countries toward helping those governments address climate change, renewable fuels, and global food security.  [AGWeek]

Climate Change to Impact Heavily on Food Security. Millions of Zimbabweans are likely to face more shortages of food and water as weather patterns change, resulting in delayed rainy seasons. [The Zimbabwean]

 

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