Hunger in the News: GFSA, South Sudan, and inequality

Hunger in the News

Obama signs Global Food Security Act to end hunger,” by Fernada Crescente, USA Today. “A bipartisan bill promoting global food security, resilience and nutrition could make hunger history, President Obama announced Wednesday during the White House Summit on Global Development. The Global Food Security Act of 2016, which the president signed Wednesday, determined it is in the U.S. national security interest to accelerate growth that reduces poverty, hunger and malnutrition.”

UN appeals for $204 million for hungry in southern African,” by Edith M. Lederer, The Washington Post. “The U.N. food agency has declared its highest-level emergency in drought-stricken southern Africa and is appealing for $204 million immediately to purchase food and transport it to the region to help millions of hungry people.”

The Return of American Hunger,” by Ned Resnikoff, The Atlantic. “By a handful of indicators—unemployment rates, overall economic growth, even average hourly earnings—the U.S. economy isn’t doing so badly right now. And yet, when it comes to the number of Americans who go hungry, it’s almost like the recovery never happened.”

Hunger, poverty, disease … the U.N. takes a look at where the world stands. And it’s not pretty,” by Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times. “In January, the world officially began implementing what’s been described as a trail guide for the planet — a United Nations initiative that seeks to address some of the most formidable global challenges over the next 15 years. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action based on 17 goals, including a mission to end poverty, tackle inequalities such as gender bias, and address environmental degradation and climate change.”

Hunger, looting and now suspected cholera hit South Sudan,” by Tom Miles, Reuters. “Dozens of people have fallen ill with suspected cholera in South Sudan’s capital of Juba, while a U.N. food warehouse was looted and destroyed, incurring $20 million of damage, the United Nations said on Tuesday. “We expect a huge humanitarian crisis. Even before the current crisis, the health system in South Sudan was facing a crisis due to near economic collapse,” World Health Organization spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said.”

UNICEF urges more aid for starving Nigerians,” by Michelle Faul, Washington Times. “Some 49,000 children will die of malnutrition in areas once cut off by northeastern Nigeria’s Islamic extremist uprising if they don’t get treatment, the U.N. children’s agency warned Tuesday. UNICEF called on charities and donors to respond quickly to avert a tragedy in Borno state, where nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished.”

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