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News on the Fight Against Poverty and Hunger

2013 ATI: More Is Not Enough When It Comes To Aid Info

2013 ATI: More Is Not Enough When It Comes To Aid Info

Information about aid spending is steadily becoming more available, but it also needs to become more useful, concludes a report "AID Transparensy Index" released by Publish What You Fund

Sustainable food systems vital to end hunger, malnutrition, UN says on World Food Day

Sustainable food systems vital to end hunger, malnutrition, UN says on World Food Day

Efficient, well-managed and sustainable food systems are essential to end hunger and malnutrition as well as protect the environment, United Nations officials stressed today, marking World Food Day.

A Green Light for a New World Bank Group

A Green Light for a New World Bank Group

Six months ago, the World Bank Group’s member countries endorsed a bold plan to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity. Today, they gave the Bank Group the green light to reposition itself to better tackle these goals.

Extended US Government Shutdown Will Hurt World's Poor

Extended US Government Shutdown Will Hurt World's Poor

An extended U.S. government shutdown could have enormous consequences for the world's poor and roll back critical global investments in fighting disease, hunger and extreme poverty, NGO alliance InterAction warned this week.

Report Finds 400 Million Children Living in Extreme Poverty

The number of people living in extreme poverty around the world has sharply declined over the past three decades, but in 2010 it still includes roughly 400 million children, or one -third of those living in such abysmal conditions, according to a new World Bank analysis released today that for the first time gives an in-depth profile of the poorest people in the world.

Global hunger down, but millions still chronically hungry

Global hunger down, but millions still chronically hungry

842 million people undernourished in 2011-13 - Developing countries make progress but more efforts needed to reach MDG target

$2.5 billion new pledges to boost global anti-poverty goals

$2.5 billion new pledges to boost global anti-poverty goals

The United Nations has received a total of $2.5 billion additional commitments in the race to achieve the global anti-poverty goals by the 2015 deadline.

A hotter world is a hungrier world warns Oxfam ahead of IPCC report

A hotter world is a hungrier world warns Oxfam ahead of IPCC report

Climate change will leave families caught in a vicious spiral of falling incomes, rising food prices, and declining quality of food, leading to a devastating impact on the health of millions, Oxfam warns today.

Renewed, stronger partnerships needed to close gaps on anti-poverty goals – UN reports

Renewed, stronger partnerships needed to close gaps on anti-poverty goals – UN reports

19 September 2013 – The international community must live up to the commitments it made in support of achieving universally accepted anti-poverty targets, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said launching a new report which finds that despite significant successes, the global economic slowdown continues to hinder progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Key report outlines vision for achieving MDGs, sets future sustainable development agenda

Key report outlines vision for achieving MDGs, sets future sustainable development agenda

Ahead of an upcoming special General Assembly event next month on efforts by Member States to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to define a new development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report on 21 August, A Life of Dignity for All , containing updates on the Goals and a vision for the work ahead.



Expert Views on the Poverty and Hunger Reduction

Cash or Cows? Cash or Cows?
The importance of a multifaceted approach to development.

One Investment that Can Make Unhealthy Cities Livable and Fight Climate Change: Sustainable Transportation
The more the world urbanizes – and we’re forecast to be 70 percent urban-dwellers by 2050 – the more critical clean, efficient, safe transportation becomes. Access to better jobs, schools, and clinics gives the poor a ladder out of poverty and towards greater prosperity.

What Causes Hunger? What Causes Hunger?
The world produces enough to feed the entire global population of 7 billion people. And yet, one person in eight on the planet goes to bed hungry each night. In some countries, one child in three is underweight. Why does hunger exist?

Should we stop talking about middle-income countries?
Moving from low- income to middle- income status is not a panacea to end aid, argues Jonathan Glennie, and indeed the very measure of ‘middle-income’ is flawed.

Inequality seen as bar to development
With the richest 1% of the population now owning 40% of global assets, and the bottom half sharing just 1%, inequality is fast being recognized as a stubborn underlying obstacle to development.

Epicenters: Do Everything At Once Epicenters: Do Everything At Once
How can resource-poor countries in Africa provide these services – reliably and affordably – in remote rural areas? And how can the deeply entrenched gender barriers that hold women back be transformed?

Tanzania has shown how civil society can contribute to economic justice
By asking the right questions, citizens can help to fight poverty, promote transparency and reinforce social and economic rights

Food Security Raises the Obvious: Can We Feed 9.6 Billion by 2050?
World Population Day 2013 came and went with little fanfare this year. There were no organized efforts to draw attention to the annual United Nations observance, which underscores population issues. The sole article I saw on the subject matter-of-factly noted that "global population is growing faster than expected" as U.N. demographers revised their projections upwards to 9.6 billion by 2050 and 11 billion by 2100.

Ten facts about Hunger
Every year, authors, journalists, teachers, researchers, schoolchildren and students ask us for statistics about hunger and malnutrition. To help answer these questions, we've compiled a list of useful facts and figures on world hunger.

VIDEO - G20 for Change: NGOs voices at the G20 Summit 2013
From the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg: Transparency International, InterAction, Oxfam, World Vision, Save the Children

For G20 leaders, poverty is a taxing issue
The G20 has been dominated by Syria, tax reform, and playground infighting among world leaders. But where is the talk of ending hunger, eradicating diseases or cancelling debts?

G20 Lays Out Plan that Could Help the World's Poor - If Leaders Step Up
The G20's focus in 2013-2014 will continue to include food security for the poorest families, providing financial services to rural poor who lack access to banks, and reducing the cost to immigrants sending remittances home to their families.

How stronger land use rights can curb global hunger
In many developing countries, farmers till plots without the government or traditional leaders formally recognizing their right to the land. But without formal land rights, those tilling the soil can be vulnerable to large-scale land acquisitions — sometimes dismissively called land grabs — without their knowledge or consent. Investors often lease or buy large swaths of land for agricultural production, oil exploration or other uses.

Philanthropists and aid donors must join forces in these straitened times
Private donors cannot be expected to stump up cash without having a say – and the new global partnership must reflect this



Key Documents on the Poverty and Hunger Reduction