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Top Hunger News: 10 Million Face Hunger in West Africa

West Africa: Call for More Aid as 10 Million Face Hunger. Several U.N. agencies and NGOs are calling for a greater mobilization of aid workers and funding in the West African Sahel to meet the needs of a population facing one of the worst nutrition crises in recent years. [IRIN] Related article: Sahel and West Africa Food Security Outlook: October 2009-March 2010.

Report: Over 115 Million Widows Live in Poverty. At least 245 million women around the world have been widowed, and more than 115 million of them live in devastating poverty, according to a new study... [AP]

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program Partners Announce Inaugural Grants. Partners in the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a new fund to tackle global hunger and poverty, this week announced that five developing countries will receive the fund's first grants totaling $224 million. [U.S. Department of the Treasury]

Poor Countries Record Progress in Fight Against Poverty. As G-8 and G-20 leaders prepare to gather in Canada, new analysis issued by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the United Nations Millennium Campaign finds that, in absolute terms, many of the world’s poorest countries are making the most overall progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals . [Peace FM Online]

22 Days After Congress Cut Unemployment Insurance, Still No Movement. The bill is still stalled. [The Washington Independent]

"The Giving Can" Helps You Fight Hunger at the Grocery Store. The idea is to have shoppers pick up a couple extra cans and drop them in the Giving Can, and Harvest Hope will make sure this food gets to the hungry. [WISTV]

California Welfare Cards Can Be Used in Many Casino ATMs. [I]n more than half of the state's casinos and gaming rooms, welfare recipients can get cash from state-issued EBT cards. Officials say they're moving to block such transactions. [Los Angeles Times]


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