July 2011

Chronic vs Emergency Hunger: Discussing Drought in Horn of Africa

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The Horn of Africa is suffering from the worst drought in decades and alarming statistics tell the severity of the situation. Nevertheless, with world attention on the crisis, we must keep in mind the on-going challenge and causes of chronic hunger and bring attention to the power of self-reliant people.

Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Africa Prize for Leadership!

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Hunger Project President and CEO, Mary Ellen McNish announced the winner of the 2011 Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger on a conference call the evening of July 13, 2011. Meet the distinguished laureate!

Congratulations to Chirapaq Director Tarcila Rivera Zea!


Join is in congratulating Tarcila Rivera Zea, Executive Director of Chirapaq – The Hunger Project's partner organization in Peru – on receiving a Ford Foundation Visionary Award for "lifting the voices of indigenous people."



Income Generation for Immediate and Sustainable Results

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In tandem with long-term solutions to world hunger and poverty, we look at small, regional income-generating activities as a way to improve the well-being of impoverished communities more immediately.

2011 MDG Report: HIV Infections, Malaria and Tuberculosis on the Decline

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The 2011 United Nations report on the Millennium Development Goals acknowledges a continual decrease in global poverty and disease but finds the most vulnerable, namely women and girls, are being left in the development dust. 

Maternal Health at the Grassroots Level

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A shout out to UK-based Women and Children First. They have developed a guide emphasizing the importance of community-led strategies to improve maternal health services including best practices, success stories, and advice for NGOs working at the community level in developing regions.

Technology in Developing Regions

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Technology can provide improved education and crucial medical, agricultural and political information to developing regions. Efforts to promote its use have begun to surface and are beginning to prove valuable to the well-being of people rural areas. 

An Answer in Agroforestry?

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Agroforestry is an agricultural approach that capitalizes on the interactive benefits of combining tree growth with crops and livestock. This highly effective practice deserves greater attention as a system that simultaneously helps counter the effects of climate change and improves the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

Where is All the Water? (Infographic)

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Besides the obvious necessity of clean water for drinking, water for agricultural activities is a crucial element in the livelihoods of millions of small-holder farmers. A recent report from the Food and Agricultural Organization and an infographic from Treehugger articulate the issue of water scarcity.