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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.”

Hunger in the News: Sen. Stabenow Honored, Migration and Gender Violence, South Sudan Famine, Short Session for Congress

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

Small Farm Program Paying Big Dividends,” by Jerry Hagstrom, National Journal. “Fresh from a research trip to Africa, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow last Wednesday received the McGovern-Dole Leadership Award from the World Food Program USA, a private-sector group set up to promote the World Food Program, the United Nations agency that distributes food aid.”

Poverty: It’s More than a Job Market Story,” by Emily Cuddy, Isabel V. Sawhil,l and Richard V. Reeves, Brookings.  “We predict that there will be a gradual decline in the headline poverty rate for the foreseeable future; however, we do not expect it to return to its pre-Great Recession level by 2024 despite the fact the unemployment rate is projected to do so.”

80% Of Central American Women, Girls Are Raped Crossing Into The U.S.,” by Eleanor Goldberg, The Huffington Post. “As the number of Central American women and girls crossing into the U.S. continues to spike, so is the staggering amount of sexual violence waged against these migrants who are in search of a better life.”

Guest viewpoint: September is National Hunger Action Month,” by Andrew Morehouse, The Republican. “September is national Hunger Action Month. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the entire Feeding America nationwide network of 200+ food banks have joined forces to raise awareness to fight hunger.”

South Sudan food crisis: Surviving on water lilies,” by Emmanuel Igunza, BBC. “The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza visits a South Sudanese village where people have resorted to eating water lilies, amid fears that a famine is looming.”

Congress tries to rush home for Election Day,” by Jamie Dupree, WSB News. “The U.S. Congress may have only returned to Washington, D.C. last week from a lengthy summer break, and Election Day may still be seven weeks away, but lawmakers could try to wrap up work this week in order to rush back home to campaign for the November elections.”

Voters support a path to legalization for immigrants here illegally,” by Seema Mehta, Las Angeles Times. “Though deeply concerned about the effects of illegal immigration on California, state voters broadly support a path to legalization for the nation's 12 million unauthorized residents, according to a new poll.”

US household food security fails to improve,” by Haya El Nasser, AlJazeera America. “New government report covers depth of hunger and malnutrition problems, which remain at historically high levels”



Hunger in the News: Job Market, Immigration Reform, Food Aid, Ebola Aid

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

In 2013, Workers’ Share of Income in the Corporate Sector Fell to its Lowest Point since 1950,” by Josh Bivens, Economic Policy Institute. “Labor’s share of corporate sector income seemed to be trending downward for at least a decade before the Great Recession hit.”

Job Market Continues to Grind out Gains, but at a Slower Pace,” by Gary Burtless, Brookings. The number of Americans reporting an unemployment spell lasting longer than 6 months shrank by 192,000 in August, bringing the number down to 2.96 million.

Obama aims to clarify reforms on immigration,” by Richard McGregor, The Financial Times. “Barack Obama has admitted he must convince the public of the need for immigration reform after abruptly delaying the most far-reaching changes in US policy in a quarter of a century ahead of November’s congressional elections.”

As border crisis fades, so does need for new funds,” by Seung Min Kim, Politico. “But for all the border-crisis drama that engulfed Washington this summer, lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week from their five-week break having done nothing.”

U.S. Agency Pledges Nearly $100 Million in Ebola Aid,” by Betsy McKay, The Wall Street Journal. “The U.S. Agency for International Development said Thursday it will spend nearly $100 million in aid for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, in what is believed to be one of the largest donations yet to combat an escalating humanitarian crisis.”

Hunger in the News: Poverty and Incarceration, Famine in South Sudan, Riding the Beast, Polling Congress

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

Why Cutting Down Jail Time is Key to Fighting Poverty,” by Julian Adler, Moyers & Company. “Many of us who work in the criminal justice system have come to understand the profound connection between poverty and mass incarceration.”

To South Sudan’s woes, add famine — 50,000 kids at risk of death,” by Ty McCormick, The Washington Post. “Nyarony Choing is as old as South Sudan. And like the world’s newest nation, she has been to hell and back before her fourth birthday.”

A Shocking Number of America’s Military Families Are Going Hungry,” by Samantha Cowan, Take Part. “Along with countless sacrifices military families make to protect the U.S., one-quarter of them struggle with food insecurity.”

Migrants risk life and limb to reach the US on train known as the Beast,” by Jo Tuckman, The Guardian. “A crackdown in Mexico is making life hard for Central American people trying to flee poverty and violence via rail to the US.”

Asians poorer than official data suggest, says ADB,” by Ben Bland, The Financial Times. “The Asian Development Bank has joined calls for a rethink of the way poverty is measured, saying the number of poor in Asia would jump more than 1bn if more realistic criteria were used.”

Religious Response to Ferguson,” Religion and Ethics Newsweekly (video). “R&E discusses the responses of religious communities with Alton Pollard III, dean of Howard University Divinity School, and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.”

Republicans More Focused on Immigration as Top Problem,” by Frank Newport, Gallup.  “Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are significantly more likely than Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents to say that immigration and moral decline are top problems in the U.S., while Democrats are more likely to mention poverty and education.”

Hunger in the News: Military Families and Hunger, MDG Momentum, Famine

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

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries,” by Pam Fessler, NPR Morning Edition. “The survey — conducted in 2013 — found that almost 620,000 of the households using Feeding America services have at least one member currently in the military.”

“What the Rise in Food Stamps Really Means,” by Tim Henderson, The Fiscal Times. “A key indicator of economic hardship—enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps—is higher in every state than it was five years ago, even though unemployment has dropped in every state during the same period.”

“Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest,” by Ali Watkins, The Modesto Bee. “Over 20,000 U.S. farms employ more than 435,000 immigrant workers legally every year, according to 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture census data. Thousands -probably tens of thousands - more are employed illegally.”

Ending poverty,” by Erik Solheim, Devex. “Extreme poverty has already been halved, and the Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 revealed some other stunning successes.”

“Experts are predicting a famine in South Sudan. Why can’t we stop it?” by Rick Noack, The Washington Post. “The problem is that South Sudan is following a standard pattern for these kinds of problems: The help only really arrives once it's too late.”

Watch the spread of mass incarceration throughout the US,” by Dara Lind, Vox.  “The map shows that the South — and Nevada — were leaders in increasing incarceration, but that most of the rest of the country has followed.”

Expect At Least Two Continuing Resolutions But No Shutdown This Fall,” by Stan Collender, Forbes. “Congress will return to Washington after Labor Day with little-to-no chance of enacting more than 1 or 2 (and even that’s a stretch) of the 12 regular 2015 appropriations by the time the fiscal year begins on October 1.”


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