Hunger in the News: World Food Day, rural women, and criminal justice reform

October 19, 2015
Hunger in the News

To End Poverty, We Must Empower Rural Women,” by Hailey Tucker, Food Tank. “Atop a hillside, in the remote village of Gitega, Rwanda, 27-year-old mother of two Jeanette Uwimanimpaye wakes up at 5am to begin her day.”

World Food Day Focuses on Rural Poverty, Migrants,” by Joe DeCapua, Voice of America. “October 16, is World Food Day. It marks the founding of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization 70 years ago, following World War II. The day is observed every year to raise awareness about ongoing hunger and poverty.”

Less poverty in Africa but numbers remain stubbornly high,” by By Emmanuel Vorgbe with Marie Wolfrom, Yahoo News! “Poverty has slightly eased in sub-Saharan Africa in the past 20 years but the population boom means the numbers living in extreme conditions remains stubbornly high, a World Bank study showed Friday.”

Report: Hunger Levels Remain High in 52 Developing Countries,” by Voice of America. “A new report says that despite progress in reducing hunger worldwide, hunger levels in at least 52 developing countries remain "serious" or "alarming." It says nearly 800 million people around the world still go hungry.”

World Food Day: Can we make hunger history?,” by Olivia Lowenberg, The Christian Science Monitor. “The United Nations is promoting a lofty goal this World Food Day: the elimination of global hunger by 2030.”

World Food Prize recipient has worked with the poor for more than 40 years,” by Sue Stanton, National Catholic Reporter. “Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh is this year's recipient of the 2015 World Food Prize. He delivered his first address of World Food Prize week to a packed room Monday at Iowa State University as part of the annual Norman Borlaug lecture series.”

Next President Should Support Plan to Reverse Mass Incarceration,” by Lauren-Brooke Eisen and Inimai Chettiar, The Huffington Post. “As Democratic presidential candidates debate policy views on Tuesday, we will likely hear much about how these progressive leaders differ from Republicans. Presidential campaigns, and debates in particular, are rarely times to promote bipartisanship. But there is an issue around which both Democrats and Republicans have recently coalesced: America has put too many people behind bars -- and it's time to do something about it.”


from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

    Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict.

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

    The Bible on...

  • 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.

For Advocacy