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Top Hunger News: Focus on School Lunches

Domestic

Clock Ticking on School Lunch Legislation. As the clock ticks down on the 111th Congress, child and health advocacy groups are lobbying furiously for lawmakers to reauthorize the nation’s school lunch program with an expansion that would provide free, healthy meals to tens of thousands of additional children and tackle the problem of childhood obesity. [Education Week]

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Education is the Key Missing Link. While the Administration’s outline includes useful ideas on tracking development outcomes and increasing transparency and accountability, it also represents a missed opportunity to deliver on Obama’s commitment to invest $2 billion in a Global Fund for Education to achieve universal primary education. [The Brookings Institution]

[Blog] A Many Headed Beast. This week, we carried a piece about a new cross-country poverty index devised by a group of researchers at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, which is designed to capture several dimensions of poverty at once. [The Economist]

Technology Still a Barrier for Food Stamp Clients Hoping to Shop at Farmer's Markets. Progress has been slow in New Hampshire and Maine. [Fosters.com]

International


Fighting Poverty and Enhancing Rural Development: The Contribution of CBRDP. Ghana’s fight against poverty to make progress towards the Millennium Development Goals has seen various successive policies introduced to accelerate national development, with a special focus on rural development. [The Ghanaian Chronicle]

Maize Project ‘Breaks the Barriers’ of Rural Poverty. More than 200 residents of Saphukanduku Village in Transkei have broken the barriers of poverty with help from a R1.6million investment by the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa (AsgiSA). [Daily Dispatch Online]

1.3 Million Villagers Face Hunger. More than 1.3 million people in Zimbabwe’s rural areas will require food assistance during the peak hunger season in early 2011, according to the latest UN estimates shown to ZimOnline at the weekend. [The Zimbabwean]

Climate Change/Environment


Food Production Must Double. With the global population expected to top 9.2 billion by 2050, experts say the world will need to repeat the Green Revolution that saw food production double between 1960 and 1985. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

 

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