Sara Menker and Gro Intelligence Are Tackling Global Hunger

The Ethiopian entrepreneur Sara Menker founded Gro Intelligence, which uses artificial intelligence to forecast global agricultural trends and battle food insecurity.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #agriculture-and-farming, #artificial-intelligence, #content-type-personal-profile, #entrepreneurship, #ethiopia, #executives-and-management-theory, #food, #food-insecurity, #gro-intelligence-inc, #inflation-economics, #menker-sara

Kim Jong-un’s New Year Resolution: More Food for North Korea

At a party meeting, Mr. Kim made little mention of the United States or South Korea. Instead, he promised to “completely solve the food problem.”

#food-insecurity, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #workersparty-of-korea

Facing Economic Collapse, Afghanistan Is Gripped by Starvation

An estimated 22.8 million people — more than half the country’s population — are expected to face potentially life-threatening food insecurity this winter. Many are already on the brink of catastrophe.

#afghanistan, #famine, #food-and-agriculture-organization-of-the-united-nations, #food-insecurity, #kandahar-afghanistan, #taliban

Afghan Economy Nears Collapse as Pressure Builds to Ease U.S. Sanctions

Afghanistan’s economy has crashed since the Taliban seized power, plunging the country into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

#afghanistan, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #food-insecurity, #humanitarian-aid, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations

How to Feed the Hungry While Helping Struggling Restaurants Survive

A New Jersey program that partners nonprofit organizations with restaurants is helping people and small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic.

#community-food-bank-of-new-jersey, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #new-jersey, #nonprofit-organizations, #restaurants

Higher Food Prices Hit the Poor and Those Who Help Them

Many households are being forced to adjust their shopping lists or seek assistance. But food banks, too, are feeling the pinch.

#food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #inflation-economics, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-conditions-and-trends, #united-states-economy

A Street Vendor Didn’t Have a Permit. Her Produce Was Tossed in the Trash.

In a place where many go hungry, widely shared videos capture a clash between the authorities and one of thousands of unlicensed peddlers.

#bronx-nyc, #city-council-nyc, #consumer-protection, #de-blasio-bill, #food, #food-insecurity, #sanitation-department-nyc, #street-vendor-project

Their Produce Is Pristine Enough for Picky Chefs. But They Give It Away.

The couple behind Carversville Farm believe that everyone deserves high-quality food, so they donate most of theirs to kitchens feeding the neediest in Philadelphia.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bucks-county-pa, #carversville-farm-foundation, #dorazio-amy, #dorazio-tony, #food-insecurity, #organic-foods-and-products, #philadelphia-pa, #philanthropy, #soup-kitchens

A Million Afghan Children Could Die in ‘Most Perilous Hour,’ U.N. Warns

The international community pledged more than $1 billion in emergency funding as Afghans already unsure of where their next meal will come from risk running out of food just as winter sets in.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bachelet-michelle, #food-insecurity, #geneva-switzerland, #grandi-filippo-1957, #griffiths-martin, #humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #united-nations

Vast Expansion in Aid Kept Food Insecurity From Growing Last Year

Despite the economic downturn, government figures for 2020 show no overall rise in hunger of the sort typical in past recessions. But some groups still suffered.

#agriculture-department, #american-enterprise-institute-for-public-policy-research, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #trump-donald-j, #urban-institute

Why the Taliban Desperately Need Cash to Run Afghanistan

The group has long tapped underground banks and opium to fund Afghanistan’s insurgency. Fixing the nation’s problems will require a lot more than that.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food-insecurity, #foreign-aid, #hawala, #opium, #poverty, #smuggling, #taliban

Shifting to Governing, Taliban Will Name Supreme Afghan Leader

Facing immense challenges in a devastated country, and a hard transition from war to administration, the Islamist movement is preparing to name a new, theocratic government.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #akhundzada-haibatullah, #baradar-abdul-ghani, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #food-insecurity, #haqqani-network, #haqqani-sirajuddin, #international-monetary-fund, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #shortages, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #yaqoub-muhammad

Cubans Denounce ‘Misery’ in Biggest Protests in Decades

The rallies, widely viewed as astonishing for a country that limits dissent, were set off by economic crises worsened by the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuba, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food-insecurity, #shortages

North Korea Is Facing a ‘Tense’ Food Shortage

Kim Jong-un said addressing food insecurity was “a top priority” in the country, where millions died in a famine during the ’90s.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #famine, #food-aid, #food-insecurity, #grain, #kim-jong-un, #politics-and-government, #shortages

Feeding the Hungry, One Wholesome Meal at a Time

An empire for feeding the hungry started with one woman and some sandwiches.

#food, #food-insecurity, #nashville-tenn

Stimulus Checks Substantially Reduced Hardship, Study Shows

Researchers found that sharp declines in food shortages, financial instability and anxiety coincided with the two most recent rounds of payments.

#anxiety-and-stress, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #poverty, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #research, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Their Daily Miracle: Getting 8 Tons of Food to the Needy, Every Day

An army of “food rescuers” in New York try to make the best of an inherently wasteful grocery system.

#brooklyn-nyc, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #long-island-ny, #philanthropy, #queens-nyc, #soup-kitchens, #volunteers-and-community-service

Ravaged by Covid, Brazil Faces a Hunger Epidemic

Tens of millions of Brazilians are facing hunger or food insecurity as the country’s Covid-19 crisis drags on, killing thousands of people every day.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #unemployment

The State of the Mayoral Race in N.Y.C.

The Democratic primary that will likely determine the next mayor is fast approaching, and the race is heating up among top contenders.

#adams-eric-l, #city-harvest, #elections-mayors, #food-bank-for-new-york-city, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #stringer-scott-m, #yang-andrew-1975

How Covid Turned Food Pantries Into ‘Mini-Costcos’

Hunger activists are using phrases like ‘warehouse optimization’ and ‘streamlined inventory management.’

#city-harvest, #food-bank-for-new-york-city, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #st-johns-bread-and-life

Biden Effort to Combat Hunger Marks ‘a Profound Change’

As millions of Americans lack enough to eat, the administration is rapidly increasing aid — with an eye toward a permanent safety net expansion.

#agriculture-department, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food, #food-insecurity, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom, #welfare-us

How Food Banks Succeeded and What They Need Now

Fatigue among donors and workers is a concern. 

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #feeding-america, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Lebanon’s Financial Collapse Hits Where It Hurts: The Grocery Store

The country’s currency has sunk to a new low against the dollar, sending prices for once affordable foods soaring out of reach.

#currency, #food-insecurity, #lebanon, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

My Great-Grandfather Knew How to Fix America’s Food System

In the mutual aid and stewardship of an earlier generation of American farmers, there might be hope for our own communities.

#agriculture-and-farming, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #booker-cory-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-trade-commission, #food, #food-insecurity, #idaho, #irrigation, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses

‘I Have No Money for Food’: Among the Young, Hunger Is Rising

In France and across Europe, more students are facing food insecurity as the pandemic enters its second year, and job cuts in their families take a widening toll.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food-aid, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #france, #humanitarian-aid, #les-restaurants-du-coeur, #paris-france, #youth

The Activists Working to Remake the Food System

They’re committed not just to securing better meals for everyone, but to dismantling the very structures that have long exploited both workers and consumers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #andres-jose-1969, #arkansas, #atlanta-ga, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-insecurity, #income-inequality, #new-york-city, #organic-foods-and-products

A Year of Hardship, Helped and Hindered by Washington

For Kathryn Stewart, a struggling single mother in Michigan, the past year showed how much safety net programs can help — and how the nation’s fickleness about them can add confusion and uncertainty to fear and worry.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #poverty, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Restaurants Find a New Revenue Source: Feeding the Hungry

What began as an emergency measure in the pandemic’s early days has turned into a long-term business plan that could help many kitchens keep running.

#alkimiah-nonprofit, #alma-cocina-latina-baltimore-md-restaurant, #baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #new-york-city, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #rethink-food-nyc-inc, #world-central-kitchen

Crisis Spurs Congress Toward Big Measures to Lift Families From Poverty

Lawmakers, including at least one Republican, are focused on providing monthly payments to help families with children make ends meet.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #food-insecurity, #house-of-representatives, #labor-and-jobs, #poverty, #republican-party, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

How America’s Food System Could Change Under Biden

New school meal standards? Help for small farmers? Maybe, but first the new administration has to deal with hunger, food safety and a diminished U.S.D.A.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #diet-and-nutrition, #food, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #kass-sam, #organic-foods-and-products, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

There’s No Easy Fix for Children’s Weight Gain

Experts advise families to avoid blaming themselves and to look for opportunities to congratulate children for healthy behaviors and good decisions.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #families-and-family-life, #food-insecurity, #income-inequality, #obesity, #weight

America’s Other Front Line

As the Biden administration proposes additional pandemic relief, nonprofit workers see a country facing a growing crisis.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #homeless-persons, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #nonprofit-organizations, #rural-areas, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states, #united-states-economy

When Biden Becomes … Rooseveltian!

Using a crisis to reduce child poverty and make America more truly a land of opportunity.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #great-depression-1930s, #income-inequality, #new-deal-1930s, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Starving Children Don’t Cry

For several years, each year was the best in human history. Then 2020 came along.

#africa, #camfed, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #famine, #food-insecurity, #poverty, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yemen

Pastor, Can White Evangelicalism Be Saved?

A conversation about Christmas and faith’s role in building a “beloved community.”

#bible, #christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #food-insecurity, #poverty, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.K. Lawmaker Under Fire for Calling UNICEF’s Free Meals a ‘Political Stunt’

Jacob Rees-Mogg said the agency should be ashamed of itself for providing free meals to 15,000 children in Britain, prompting a backlash.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #great-britain, #rees-mogg-jacob, #united-nations-childrens-fund

Pandemic Leaves More Military Families Seeking Food Assistance

Veterans are in a similar situation, hunger advocates and service organizations have found.

#blue-star-families, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duckworth-l-tammy, #food-insecurity, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

We Need a Secretary of Food

Without food security for all, the United States will never fully recover from the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #food-insecurity, #united-states

A Trump Immigration Policy Is Leaving Families Hungry

The “public charge” rule was supposed to ensure that green cards go only to self-sufficient immigrants, but in the pandemic, it is driving up hunger and leaving Joe Biden with a quandary.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #green-cards-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

A Fight Over Agriculture Secretary Could Decide the Direction of Hunger Policy

The delicate proxy clash has pitted Democrats eager to emphasize issues like hunger and nutrition against traditionalists who believe the department should represent rural America.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #clyburn-james-e, #diet-and-nutrition, #endorsements, #food-insecurity, #fudge-marcia-l, #heitkamp-heidi, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

Mutual Aid: How College Students Survive

Student-led mutual aid networks have raised tens of thousands of dollars to help peers cover basic costs of living.

#colleges-and-universities, #food-insecurity, #income-inequality, #your-feed-education, #your-feed-selfcare

2020 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to U.N. World Food Program

The agency was awarded the prize for providing food assistance to millions around the world, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

#food-insecurity, #nobel-prizes, #united-nations, #world-food-program

Pakistan’s Most Terrifying Adversary Is Climate Change

The country debates women’s honor inexhaustibly but pays little attention to the ferocious and imminent dangers of climate disasters.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #food-insecurity, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #himalayas, #karachi-pakistan, #pakistan, #world-bank

Famine Emerges as U.N. Theme, Crystallized by Yemen Disaster

Starvation again threatens war-afflicted Yemen, where the U.N. has halved food rations for lack of funding. “If we get the money, we still may have famine,” the head of the U.N. anti-hunger agency said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #famine, #food-insecurity, #united-nations, #yemen

Why Giving Food Stamps to the Rich Is Not a Terrible Idea

Every child in N.Y.C. public schools was given a $420 benefits card. The well-off should use theirs to support food banks.

#food-insecurity, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture

How to Help Parents Who Are Struggling to Provide for Their Kids

The pandemic has exacerbated the inequalities that already existed. These organizations are bridging the gap.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diapers, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy

A Cataclysm of Hunger, Disease and Illiteracy

A pandemic of suffering follows on the heels of Covid-19 in poor countries, and children suffer most.

#brac-bangladesh, #camfed, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #illiteracy, #malnutrition, #poverty, #shutdowns-institutional, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #unemployment, #women-and-girls

We Must Act Now: ‘Hungry Families Can’t Wait’

“Congress and the Trump administration must act immediately to flatten the curve on our hunger crisis and get our economy moving by making increased investments in SNAP,” a reader writes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Other Way Covid Will Kill: Hunger

Worldwide, the population facing life-threatening levels of food insecurity is expected to double, to more than a quarter of a billion people.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-insecurity, #shortages, #south-africa, #south-sudan

Minivans at the Food Pantry: Meet America’s New Needy

The economic strain of the coronavirus pandemic has more Americans turning to food banks and charity for help feeding their families.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #feeding-america, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #unemployment