Hunger in the News: Malnutrition, Syria, and food prices

October 26, 2017
Hunger in the News

By using surplus food, U.S. cities could tackle hunger, waste,” by Sophie Hares, Reuters.

Almost a quarter of the waste in landfills and a third of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States comes from unconsumed or thrown away food. Enough of this food exists to potentially feed 49 million Americans. This unconsumed food comes most often from grocery stores and restaurants when food is not consumed, and thus never prepared. This food is fine to eat, as it is usually still packaged, simply unused and thrown away.

Invasion of maize-eating caterpillars worsens hunger crisis in Africa,” by Ruth Maclean, The Guardian.

The maize eating and rapidly reproducing fall armyworm is spreading across the African continent, with potential to consume up to 50 percent of the corn crop of affected nations. This could cause a hunger crisis of epic proportions, as the armyworms have spread from Nigeria to 28 countries. Officials and anti-hunger experts are urging immediate and decisive action.

DCF promises food-stamp help to come in next two weeks in Miami-Dade, Broward,” by Monique Madan and Carli Teproff, The Miami Herald.

The Department of Children and Families have not yet announced an official date when emergency food stamp benefits will be distributed to Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma. The agency is being criticized for its slow response to the disaster. One in four households in Miami-Dade County live in poverty, heightening the stakes for agencies attempting to provide disaster relief.

“‘My baby went to sleep and didn’t wake up’: young lives lost to Ghana’s silent killer,” by The Guardian

Malnutrition remains the cause of death for a full third of Ghanaian children. One in five babies in the West African nation are stunted, and 35 percent of children under five are severely malnourished.

Syrian children’s hunger crisis worsens, aid groups blocked,” by Hashem Ahelbarra, Al Jazeera

More children are dying of starvation in government besieged areas in Syria. Eastern Ghoutta on the outskirts of Damascus is particularly bad, as government forces have kept the city under siege since 2012. International aid groups are reporting that this is just one of many siege areas the Syrian government is barring them from.

World hunger is increasing thanks to wars and climate change,” by Leah Samberg, Salon

World hunger is increasing, largely due to conflict, climate change, and displacement. The amount of displaced persons doubled between 2007 and 2016 to 64 million, and conflict between countries has increased by 60 percent since 2010. Armed conflict within countries has risen by 125 percent. The hardest hit by these developments are smallholder farmers, often very vulnerable, and remedying this problem will require supporting this population.

To combat hunger, Venezuelans in the U.S. ship food to relatives,”  by Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times.

Skyrocketing food prices in Venezuela have left much of the population struggling to find enough food to eat. Their relatives in the United States are attempting to help by shipping food to their family members and raising money through donations. However, the shipping process to Venezuela is often not secure and shipping costs are very high.  

UN says 14,000 Rohingya children may die from malnutrition,” by Charlotte Bellis, Al Jazeera

The UN reports that 14,000 children are at risk of dying from malnutrition and hunger in the refugee camps they inhabit in Bangladesh. Over 600,000 Rohinya people have fled Myanmar amidst violence and persecution.

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause of Hunger

    Mass incarceration has far-reaching effects in the United States. It poses a significant barrier to ending U.S. hunger and poverty by 2030—a goal the United States adopted in 2015. But the connection is not always obvious.

  • Advancing Nutrition through Food Aid Reform

    The United States has long been a global leader in responding to humanitarian emergencies. Food assistance that includes nutritious food for pregnant women and young children is both a life-and-death matter for individuals and an economic imperative for countries.

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.


  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.


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