Hunger in the News: Child nutrition, rural farmers, criminal justice reform, and poverty

Hunger in the News: Immigration, mass incarceration, India, and sustainable development . Photo: Bread for the World

Zimbabwe: Chronic Malnutrition Threatens Children’s Growth As Poverty Bites,” by AllAfrica. “At the age of 12, Tendai Munhamo, a grade 7 pupil at a primary school in Chiwundura, on the outskirts of Gweru, has the height of an eight year old girl.”

Sanders calls poverty rate shameful,” by “Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders roused the crowd at the Democratic Women’s Alliance in Washington, D.C. on Friday saying how a change is needed for an economy to benefit the working class.”

Invest in child nutrition,” by Julia Tedesco and Mairead Hartmann, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “Whether at school or at work, adults and kids alike know how hard it is to concentrate when your stomach starts to rumble.”

Are Criminal Justice Reforms and Immigration Policy at Odds?” by Marisa Franco and Jeronimo Saldaña, The Huffington Post. “The Department of Justice recently announced a decision to release 6,000 people from federal prison. As part of that announcement, agency officials noted that 1/3 of the people released are immigrants who will be quickly deported. There is a clear and troubling pattern where policy reforms in the criminal justice system do not extend to immigrants in the criminal justice or immigration enforcement systems. The glaring question is: why not?”

Uganda: Support Rural Farmers to Fight Hunger, Increase Their Incomes,” by (Opinion) AllAfrica. “Every October 16, the world marks World Food Day. This year’s theme – ‘social protection and agriculture, breaking the cycle for rural poverty’ – requires us to recognise the importance of food security and income enhancement. It means empowering rural-based farmers through strong social security systems and safety nets for sustainable food security. This should be our focus in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food and nutrition security, wise use and effective (sustainable) management of natural resources, protecting our environment thus achieving sustainable development, particularly in rural areas.”

More than 130 Law Enforcement Officials Call for Ending Mass Incarceration,” by Democracy Now! “More than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs have called for curbing mass incarceration in the United States. New York City Police Chief Bill Bratton and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck were among those to call for ending mandatory minimums and creating alternatives to prison. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the plan involves rethinking definitions of crime.”

Anti-Hunger Group Urges No Cuts To Child Nutrition Programs,” by By Shelby Lin Erdman, 90.1WABE Atlanta. “Anti-hunger advocates are keeping a close eye on the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act.”


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