New report says global hunger can be reduced with push to meet MDG goals

New report says global hunger can be reduced with push to meet MDG goals

Megan Rowling for TRF – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF-Thomson Reuters Foundation) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: The Millennium Development Goal to halve the proportion of hungry people in the world is “within reach” but only if considerable extra effort is made immediately, U.N. food agencies said on Tuesday. The number of people suffering from chronic hunger – […]

The fight for pesticide free food crop ‘integrity’ in Africa

The fight for pesticide free food crop ‘integrity’ in Africa

WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies. They argue that GM and Green Revolution practices – those aimed at increasing developing countries’ crop yields […]

Big stop hunger funding weighs against on-the-ground farming as G8 Summit nears

Big stop hunger funding weighs against on-the-ground farming as G8 Summit nears

WNN Breaking (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The role of nutrition and food security for global child survival has brought what aid experts call a ‘vital discussion’ to the table as a global nutrition-focused event last weekend brought 45,000 people, as well as USAID, the United States humanitarian assistance agency, together with some of […]

Stemming malnutrition worldwide cannot work with “short-term” strategies

Stemming malnutrition worldwide cannot work with “short-term” strategies

Mark Tran – WNN Improve It (WNN/GDN) AFRICA: Human rights are the most powerful tool to ensure efforts against hunger and malnutrition tackle structural causes and are not reduced to short-term strategies, civil society groups said in a report published on Tuesday. Who Decides About Global Food and Nutrition? – Strategies to Regain Control argues […]

Closing Malaysia gender gap in farming brings stronger economy to region

Closing Malaysia gender gap in farming brings stronger economy to region

WNN Breaking (WNN/SD) Penang, MALAYSIA, ASIA: Productivity losses due to the agriculture “gender gap” are straining global economies, a conference has heard. This was the consensus of gender scientists and agricultural researchers at a workshop in Malaysia that aimed to develop an agenda for gender transformative research for the agricultural sector. The conference, held in Penang this month, […]

Women farmers worldwide need restrictions raised to ‘level the food field’

Women farmers worldwide need restrictions raised to ‘level the food field’

WNN Breaking (WNN) NEW DELHI, India: They are driven by the fact that women represent on average 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries but must contend daily with policies and practices that severely restrain their food production potential. “The global sidelining of women farmers puts our food security at great risk,” […]

ZAMBIA: Women farmers need funding in face of climate change says environment advocates

ZAMBIA: Women farmers need funding in face of climate change says environment advocates

Lillian Banda – WNN Breaking (WNN) Durban, SOUTH AFRICA: A Zambian non-governmental organization Save Environment and People Agency (SEPA) says efforts aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change risk being doomed unless women are engaged fully. SEPA Director Ms. Mailes Muke asserts that making resources such as the global Green Climate Fund accessible to […]

Empowering women farmers can help relieve global hunger

Empowering women farmers can help relieve global hunger

Juhie Bhatia – Women News Network – WNN MDG Stories As global food prices continue to remain high, with potential increases on the horizon because of soaring oil prices and supply concerns, experts says there is one often-overlooked solution for fighting hunger: women Gender gap Women are vital to food production in many developing countries, […]

Women are central to feeding Africa

Women are central to feeding Africa

Pamela Whitby – BBC News Business Africa – Wednesday, 13 April, 2011 (originally published 12 April) In developing countries, more than 60% of women are directly involved in agricultural work, but very few gain access to information, training or supplies. More action and less rhetoric on this issue could put more food on the world’s […]