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Hunger in the News: Lame Duck, Childhood Hunger, Food Aid, Long-Term Unemployed, Ferguson

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A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

Lame-Duck Congress Crams Stacked Agenda Into Final Days,” by AP, CBSDC.  “Their to-do list includes keeping the government running into the new year, renewing expired tax breaks for individuals and businesses and approving a defense policy measure that has passed for more than 50 years in a row.”

World AIDS Day 2014 ~ thoughts from Mozambique,” by Rebecca J. Vander Meulen, Views from Mozambique.  “Mona’s daughter, Fernanda, who didn’t believe in antiretrovirals (ARVs) and was convinced they would make her sicker, now vigorously runs her household and serves as an informal neighborhood ARV officer, hounding her positive neighbors when they are late in going to the health post to replenish their ARV stock.”

Exploring The Urban-Rural Divide Of Childhood Hunger In Oregon,” by Dave Miller, Think Out Loud, Oregon Public Broadcasting.  “The state of Oregon has one of the highest rates of child hunger in the nation.”  Dave Miller interviews Sharon Thornberry, community food system manager for the Oregon Food Bank, and OPB reporter Amanda Peacher.

What comes after Ebola: Hunger,” by Hilal Elver, AlJazeera (Opinion). “As Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, leaving approximately 5,000 people dead, the region is now on the brink of a major food crisis.”

Feast and famine,” The Economist.  “As the world’s economy has grown, the prevalence of undernourishment—eating too few calories to sustain an active life—has fallen only half as fast as poverty (see chart). But at least it has fallen. Micronutrient deficiency is not falling at all.”

Less food stamps = more hunger. Duh!” by Nathanael Johnson, Grist.  “We provide food stamps (though they aren’t actually stamps anymore) to keep people from starving. The flip side is that, when we provide less food assistance, more people go hungry.”

Feeding the future will require great innovation,” by Erica Quinlan, AgriNews.  “Over the next 30 to 40 years, the world population is expected to increase to at least 9 billion people.”

Syria conflict: WFP suspends refugee food aid scheme,” BBC.  “The World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to suspend a critical food aid scheme for more than 1.6 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis.”

Common Misconceptions About Long-Term Unemployment,” by Dan Ritter, Wall St. Cheat Sheet. “In October 2014, 2.9 million Americans accounting for 32% of the total unemployed had been looking for work without success for more than six months."

Finding freedom in Bradenton: Boy flees Honduras to reunite with immigrant parents,” by Amaris Castillo and Richard Dymond, Bradenton Herald.  "Christopher, as he has asked to be called, is one of more than 24,000 children who decided to risk the treacherous journey last year into the United States, most of them from Central America and Mexico. Honduras has the world's highest murder rate, according to a 2014 United Nations report."

Boston church reflect on turmoil in Ferguson,” by Jeremy C. Fox and James H Burnett III, Boston Globe. “It comes from poverty; it comes from poor education systems; it comes from mass incarceration; it comes from just not having the basic accommodations that people ought to have as Americans.”

Voices Crying Out: Comfort and Transformation in an Age of Mass Incarceration (Isaiah 40:1-11),” by David G. Garber, Jr. Huffington Post Blog.  “For the past five years, I have been blessed to witness such transformation as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the Certificate in Theological Studies Program at the Lee Arrendale State Prison for women in Georgia.”

Hunger in the News: Feed the Future Moves Forward, Pope Francis on Nutrition, Immigration Reform, Beyond Ebola, Lame Duck

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A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

House panel approves bill to strengthen Feed the Future program,” by Daniel Enoch, Agri-Pulse. “The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday favorably reported to the full House a bill that supporters say would strengthen President Obama's Feed the Future Initiative as it works to alleviate hunger around the globe.”

Pope Francis urges concrete action in global nutrition challenge at UN conference in Rome,” UN News Centre, “Pope Francis today urged leaders attending a United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) nutrition conference in Rome to view food and nutrition and the environment as global public issues at a time when nations are more tightly linked with each other than ever before.”

Evangelicals a mixed bag on Obama’s immigration move,” by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service.  “While Republican leaders blast President Obama for taking executive action on immigration reform, some prominent evangelical leaders are welcoming the president’s plans to keep about 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported.”

Empowering women key to ending hunger, Bread for the World says,” by Daniel Enoch, Agri-Pulse. “Ending discrimination against women - including in the United States - is key in the global battle against hunger, according to a new report from Bread for the World Institute."

“Why are Hispanic Catholics so concerned about climate change?” by Mark Silk, Religion News Service. “According to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute, Hispanic Catholics are more concerned about climate change than any other religious group in America.”

A Step Forward on Child Care,” by The Editorial Board, The New York Times.  “Ensuring access to safe, good and affordable child care is crucial for helping to lift low-income parents out of poverty and build futures for their children.”

Beyond Ebola: Why rural development matters in a time of crisis,” by Kanayo F. Nwanze, DW.  “Ebola's impact on health distracts from another looming danger - hunger, says Kanayo Nwanze, the International Fund for Agricultural Development's president, as the One World Forum for the Future kicks off in Berlin.”

Millennium Challenge Corporation Celebrates 10th Anniversary,” by Bridget Bowman, Roll Call.  “While bipartisan efforts in Congress can seem few and far between, policymakers from across the ideological spectrum point to the tenth anniversary of the Millennium Challenge Corporation as evidence they can find common ground when addressing global development.”

Lamest lame duck," by Burgess Everett and Manu Raju, Politico. "Congress left for Thanksgiving without checking anything big off its to-do list during the lame duck, leaving just 10 days to fund the government when they come back in December and likely pushing big items like authorizing force against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants and the confirmation of an attorney general into 2015.”


Hunger in the News: Ebola Famine, Connecting Food and Health, Boosting Nutrition, Unemployment, Child Refugees

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A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

Liberia’s Ebola Famine,” by Abby Haglage and Nina Strochlic, The Daily Beast. “There are 1.7 million people experiencing food insecurity (defined by WHO as lack of “sufficient, safe, nutritious food [required] to maintain a healthy and active life”) in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—and 200,000 of those cases are directly related to Ebola, according to the World Food Program.”

Making the connection between food and health,” by Dan Glickman, The Hill.  “[W]e must pursue new strategies that raise nutritional awareness and understanding and help us to integrate our thinking about food, nutrition and health outcomes.”

India moves up 8 places on Global Hunger Index.” The Hindu Business Line. “[India] is making progress against hunger, as India moved up eight places from last year on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) to rank 55th out of 76 nations.”

Can doubling down on food stamps boost nutrition?,” by Aimee Picchi, CBS Money Watch. “The FINI program, which is now accepting applications to fund new community-based programs through Dec. 15, plans on adding benefits to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, as a way to improve healthy eating for low-income Americans over the next five years.”

World is crossing malnutrition red line, report warns,” by Mark Kinver, BBC News.  “Most countries in the world are facing a serious public health problem as a result of malnutrition, a report warns.”

Don't Forget the Kinda Unemployed,” by Mike Cassidy, US News. “The headline unemployment rate leaves the underemployed invisible.”

US to offer refugee status to some undocumented child migrants,” by Rory Carroll, The Guardian. “Children under 21 in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras with parents who are legal US residents could start applying next month under the plan.”

Get Ready To Watch This Lame-Duck Congress Sprint,” by Ron Elving, NPR.  “Judging by what we've seen so far, the "zombie Congress" that returned to town this week (the reelected and the not-so-lucky) will do more business in the weeks following the election than it did in many months preceding.”


Hunger in the News: Aid Shortages, Women Farmers, National Food Policy, Lame Duck

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A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

Iraq, Syria Face Chronic Aid Shortages,” by Ayesha Tanzeem, Voice of America.  “The United Nations says Iraq, Syria face a chronic shortage of aid funding despite the massive scale of the humanitarian crisis in the region.”

Women Feeding the World: Planet Forward Salon Searches for Solutions,” by Emma Shorr, Food Tank. "[W]omen are more affected by climate change in developing countries than men, and that women are also the solution to addressing serious issues such as nutritional deficiencies, food insecurity, hunger, and poverty."

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives,” by By Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter, The Washington Post. “A national food policy would invest resources to guarantee that “[a]ll Americans have access to healthful food” and “[t]he food industry [as the largest sector of our economy] pays a fair wage to those it employs,” among other things.”

As Lame-Duck Session Begins, Congress to Focus on Approps, Ebola, and Islamic State,” by Billy House and Rachel Roubein, National Journal. “[A]n omnibus spending bill, or some other more-temporary measure, must be taken up by this outgoing House and Senate to extend government funding beyond Dec. 11 and keep agencies operating.

“Is Food Insecurity Really on the Decline?” by Steve Holt, Take Part. “Gallup’s latest poll says it is, but antihunger advocates warn that poverty is still a persistent problem.”

Philippines Struggles to Recover a Year After Typhoon Haiyan Tragedy,” by Mong Palatino, The Diplomat.  “A year has passed since super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) wreaked destruction in the central part of the Philippine islands.”

Center for Rural Affairs: EITC effective ‘rural program’,” The Grand Island Independent. “The Center for Rural Affairs has released a new report that examines the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on rural and small town America.”

Hunger in the News: Investigating Food Aid, Famine Averted, Polling on Hunger

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A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

Hunger pains: U.S. food program struggles to move forward,” a Medill-USA TODAY investigation, USA Today.  “The U.S. spends more than half of its international food aid budget transporting life-saving commodities through a tangled system of special interests and government bureaucracy – more than $9 billion in taxpayer dollars over a recent 10-year period, finds a Medill/USA TODAY investigation.”

Hunger: An issue we can agree on,” by By Sara Lilygren and Jim Weill, The Hill. “More than 80 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of Independents believe the federal and local government has responsibility, and 50 percent of Republicans believe that the federal government has responsibility.”

“South Sudan famine temporarily averted, but risks remain: U.N.,” by Drazen Jorgic, Reuters. “Aid and some small harvests have helped stave off a feared famine in South Sudan, but any more fighting there could still leave millions facing severe hunger next year, a senior World Food Program (WFP) official said on Friday.”

“CAR Food Security Hard Hit,” by Joe DeCapua, Voice of America. “The U.N. assessment found that ‘food reserves in rural areas are now around 40 to 50 percent lower than average levels.’ Family income levels are down sharply.”

“Why aren't food stamps an issue in midterm elections?” by Jana Kasperkevic, The Guardian.  “When I took over as a director of the food bank, it was doing about 4m pounds of distribution a year and had no additional programs. This year we will do 20m pounds.”

Why child poverty in the US may be much worse than you realize,” by Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox. “Poverty is unevenly spread, and for many college-educated, urban-dwelling, well-to-do Americans can be almost entirely hidden.”


Hunger in the News: Inequality, Immigration, Food Aid Reform, Ebola

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A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong,” by Matt O’Brien, The Washington Post.  “America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others.”

Janet Napolitano throws her support behind executive action on immigration,” by Jerry Markon. The Washington Post.  “Former homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano is supporting executive action by President Obama to change immigration policy if Congress fails to pass a broad overhaul, citing what she calls her successful 2012 push to delay deportations of many younger immigrants.”

United States wastes billions of dollars to ship food aid,” by Tom Murphy, Humanosphere.  “The United States spent more money to ship, handle and store food aid than on the actual food.”

Child poverty in U.S. is at highest point in 20 years, report finds,” by Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times.  “Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.”

Ebola is triggering a food crisis in West African countries, says Shenggen Fan,” by Sayantan Bera, Live Mint. “The International Food Policy Research Institute director says the threat of cross-boundary transmission is ratcheting up prices of commercial crops like cocoa.”

Hunger in the News: Ebola Orphans, Feed the Future, David Beckmann on Hunger, Migration

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A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

Orphans abandoned, shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis,” by Sheilia Passewe, USA Today. “The United Nations estimates the virus has orphaned nearly 4,000 children across the region, and that number could double in coming weeks. Aid groups, such as Doctors Without Borders, fear the orphans are at risk of starvation and disease.”

Investing in smallholder farmers to feed the future,” by Tim Fella, Devex. “As the International Year of Family Farming winds down, a new set of United Nations principles recognizes that in order to promote global food security, we need to acknowledge and promote family farmers as key investors in agriculture and food systems.”

One Human Family: Food for All Week of Action,” Just Love, SIRIUS satellite radio podcast.  “This weekend on Just Love, Msgr. Sullivan speaks with David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World. They discuss Bread for the World’s campaign against domestic and international hunger.”

Without Its Farmers, South Sudan Remains Perilously Close to Famine,” by Justus Liku, Huffington Post Blog.  “The theme for this year's World Food Day is "family farming" but there's not a lot to celebrate in South Sudan. It hasn't been a good year for family farming here, and the specter of famine looms large.”

Migrants’ tales: ‘I feel for those who were with me. They got asylum in the sea’,” by Mark Rice-Oxley and Mona Mahmood, The Guardian.  “Countries are spitting out their people for different reasons: war, revolution, bad governance, dead-end economies, climate change, poverty, persecution.”

In Jordan, slashed UN food aid has even 'well off' Syrians feeling the pinch,” by Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor. “With Jordan limiting job opportunities and the UN reducing food aid, even middle-class refugees from war-torn Syria are asking how, and where, they can survive.”

Accompanying Unaccompanied Refugee Children,” by Brian Fraga. National Catholic Register.  “The USCCB is one of two lead voluntary agencies — the other is Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services — that helps the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement administer the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program, which provides specialized foster-care services for refugee children under age 18.”


Hunger in the News: Food Pantries, Refugee Children, Climate Change, Hunger Hot Spots, Nobel Peace Prize

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A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

Midstate food pantries see increases in need for services, though some do not have the supply to help,” by Naomi Creason, The Sentinel. “The study showed that 1 in 7, or an estimated 2 million people in Pennsylvania turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families.”

In Africa, church leaders responding to climate change locally and globally,” by Fredrick Nzwili, Religion News Service.  “As climate change devastates communities in Kenya, church leaders are helping to address the crisis locally while also calling on industrialized nations to own up to their responsibilities for spewing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.”

Migrant children: Out of sight, still in mind,” by David Rogers, Politico. “Weeks before November’s elections, the child migrant crisis has dropped out of sight even as the children themselves have moved into that less visible but perilous maze — the nation’s immigration courts.”

United States Must Protect Migrant Children,” by Karen Musalo, The Daily Cal. “Instead of responding with compassion — or obeying our domestic and international laws — we have focused on deporting new arrivals and deterring others from following them.”

Now hunger threat shadows Ebola in West Africa,” by Umaru Fofana and Bate Felix, Reuters.  “The threat of hunger is tracking Ebola across affected West African nations as the disease kills farmers and their families, drives workers from the fields and creates food shortages.”

South Sudan: potential crisis looms as nation teeters between war and peace,” by Clar Ni Chonghaile, The Guardian.  “On Monday, leading aid agencies warned that parts of South Sudan could fall into famine early next year if fighting is renewed. The agencies – including Oxfam, CARE and Cafod – said the number of people facing dangerous levels of hunger was expected to increase by 1 million between January and March next year.”

Food Is Hope for Syrians Fleeing ISIS,” by William Lambers, Huffington Post Impact. “With conflict escalating in the region, we need to increase humanitarian aid. That is a massive challenge the international community faces right now. Donations have not been able to keep up.”

Nobel honors activism to empower most vulnerable of children,” by PBS Newshour. Hari Sreenivasan interviews Gayle Zemach Lemmon about the Nobel Peace Prize winners.

Hunger in the News: U.S. Food Aid; Solving Hunger and Poverty in America

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A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

Hunger pains: U.S. food program struggles to move forward, by a Medill-USA Today Investigation, USA Today. “After more than 60 years of feeding the world's hungry overseas, the U.S. Agency for International Development is scrambling to overhaul the world's largest government food assistance program.”

UN Says There's Unprecedented Demand for Food Aid, by Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press. “The World Food Program's top official said it's unprecedented that the U.N. aid agency finds itself simultaneously responding to half a dozen major crises in addition to helping the largest number of refugees in the world since World War II.”

Past Time to Solve Hunger in America, by Bob Aiken, Ellie Hollander, Tom Nelson and Lisa Marsh Ryerson, The Hill. “Hunger in America is a solvable problem. In the richest, most agriculturally-productive nation on earth, it should stand as a point of national shame that we have any households struggling to put food on the table at all.”

Activists and Scholars Respond to the New Poverty Data, Moyers and Company.  “What is most frustrating, tragic, infuriating — pick your adjective — about this status quo that wastes so much human potential, is the fact that we know the kinds of policies and actions that would not only reduce poverty, but reduce it dramatically.”

Many UN development goals still far off target, experts say, by Peter Moskowitz. Al-Jazeera America. “Adding to concerns about the targets is the fact that in a postrecession world, the amount of aid given to many of the world’s poorest countries is falling.”

Counting the Hungry, by Martín Caparrós, The New York Times. “It is very hard to calculate with precision how many men and women do not eat enough. Most live in countries where weak states are incapable of accounting for all their citizens, and the international organizations that try to come up with head counts must use statistical calculations instead of detailed census reporting.”

Hunger in the News: Working Poor, Progress on Global Hunger, Climate Change, Income Stagnation

A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

Living On The Line: The Benefits Cliff,” by Amanda Peacher, Oregon Public Broadcasting. “This is the third in a series of stories about Oregon’s “working poor,”  people who are employed but still struggling to pay the bills. In this installment, we look at people living in poverty who find jobs and begin to earn a wage, but then face another challenge: the benefits cliff.”

World Making Progress Against Hunger, Report Finds, but Large Pockets of Undernourished Persist,” by Daniel Stone, National Geographic.  “Global access to food is improving overall, according to a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization released Tuesday, yet challenges in the developing world—from poor infrastructure and political instability to erratic weather and long-term changes in climate—are keeping 805 million people from having enough to eat.”

Combating climate change can be economically beneficial,” by Bob Ward, The Hill.  “A major international report published last week could be a game changer in the fierce political debate about climate change in the United States.”

Despite Declines, Child Mortality and Hunger Persist in Developing Nations, U.N. Reports,” by Rick Gladstone and Somini Sengupta, The New York Times. “The United Nations on Tuesday reported significant declines in the rates of child mortality and hunger, but said those two scourges of the developing world stubbornly persist in parts of Africa and South Asia despite major health care advances and sharply higher global food production.”

An essential guide to the midterm elections,” by John Harwood, CNBC. “Congress has done all that it will, which isn't much, before November's elections. Which means the venue for America's permanent partisan war for now shifts exclusively to the campaign trail.”

New data shows Americans' incomes still stagnant after recession,” by Jason Lange, Reuters. “In what has become a recurring theme in America's long slog back from the 2007-09 recession, most U.S. households again saw no noticeable increase in their income last year.”

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