hunger

Four countries and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have come together to create the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, a fund dedicated to increasing food production and encouraging sustainable farming practices in the world's poorest countries. In the wake of the economic crisis and rising food prices, there are approximately one billion hungry people worldwide. According to the World Bank, three quarters of those one billion people depend on agriculture for a living. The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program will invest in farm machinery, improving planting and irrigation techniques and building better roads to link farmers to their markets. The U.S. has already...
In California, more than 6 million tons of food products are thrown away every year by farms, restaurants and supermarkets. Food shelters, on the other hand, do not have the supply to meet the ever-increasing demand. A recent examination by California Watch and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism took a close look at California’s food system to try to identify the reasons why these unwanted food products are not channelled to food banks and other organizations where donations are greatly needed. The examination concluded that many grocery stores are more likely to throw away food than to donate it to local food banks because of liability concerns. Often, stores will donate...
To achieve self-sustainability, it is estimated that poor countries will need $44 billion annually in aid, compared with the $7.9 billion they currently receive. Though the summit attendees rallied around the goal to decrease hunger, they did not commit to a specific dollar amount to provide or a timeframe to achieve their goal, reports the Associated Press. In order to rally attention for the hunger crisis, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf fasted for 24 hours. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in a statement on Sunday, "Sustained investment in agriculture--especially small-holder agriculture--is acknowledged as the key to food security." National News Nov. 14: After...