Hunger in the News: Women farmers, prisons, and child hunger

Hunger in the News

Boosting women farmers would dramatically cut world hunger: experts,” by The Business Times. “If women farmers were given the same access to land, tools and credit as men, the boost to crop yields would dramatically cut world hunger, but this must be done fast before climate change closes the window of opportunity, hunger experts said on Friday.”

Our incarceration system is criminal with its justice,” by (Editorial), San Francisco Chronicle. “An increasing number of U.S. leaders have grown aware of our need to reduce the size of our state and federal prison populations. With only 5 percent of the world’s population, the U.S. has nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. The toll of this incredible incarceration regime has devastated communities, especially low-income communities of color, across the nation. Increasingly, the overwhelming strain on state and federal budgets has also encouraged leaders to look at ways to reduce incarceration.”

Childhood poverty has dropped faster in Colorado than the U.S. But the stats don’t tell the whole story.” by Danika Worthington, The Denver Post. “Childhood poverty decreased in Colorado at twice the national rate from 2010 to 2015, signaling a faster recovery from the Great Recession here than in the country as a whole.”

A Blueprint to End Mass Incarceration,” by Matt Ford, The Atlantic. “A Brennan Center report argues that releasing the “unnecessarily incarcerated” could reduce U.S. prison populations by almost 40 percent.”

Faces of Hunger Hard to Find, But Are Everywhere on Martha’s Vineyard,” by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette. “On Martha’s Vineyard, the hungry children are hard to see. They’re not starved to emaciation like famine victims pictured in international news reports, and they’re not obese, like many low-income mainland Americans whose most affordable meals often come from fast-food restaurant chains not found on the Island. They may not even be poor.”

The Conservative Plan to Tackle Poverty,” by Alexia Fernandez Campbell, The Atlantic. “House Speaker Paul Ryan says that improving the lives of low-income Americans is a top priority. To do that, the GOP plans to help businesses first.”

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