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Intensive educational course on hunger

1. Can organic farming feed the world? - The organic vs. industrial food debate. Eat organic! This is the slogan of the healthy, fit and conscientious citizen. Organic-eating celebrities like Gisele Bündchen and Angelina Jolie have made it not only healthy but trendy too. As a result, demand for organic food has been growing in North America and Europe. But is it simply for the famous and the well off, or can organic agriculture feed the world? […]

2. Global fatness threatens food security - Is population

"Yin Yang of World Hunger" © David Revoy

girth more important than growth? People’s body weight, not just population size, should be taken into account when we talk about food security, says a recent study produced by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. This research finds that the rise in global overweight and obesity has put the same demand on world food supplies as an extra 242 million people. How does world fatness, as lead researcher Ian Roberts calls it, affect the equation? […]

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Hunger numbers - An overview of the latest statistics on world hunger. UN organizations like FAO, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization all released new hunger numbers towards the end of 2012. A look at FAO’s State of Food Insecurity in the World, for example, shows that the number of hungry people is going down, but that figure is still unacceptably high. A quick look over the statistics provides a snapshot of the current state of hunger on the planet. […]


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The Hunger Book: pick of the month - The Last Hunger Season, by Roger Thurow We’ve all heard the facts, and we’ve seen the statistics. There are nearly 870 million hungry people in the world. One in eight people in the world goes to bed hungry every night. Food production will need to increase by over 50 percent by 2050. But amidst all the numbers, it’s easy to forget the very human element of hunger. People just like us die of hunger every day. The book, The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, by Roger Thurow introduces us to some of them. Thurow tells their stories and lets us in on their lives, and they animate the facts in a way that helps us to see the problem differently. […]

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EndingHunger Online University - Become an expert on food security issues. Do you ever wish you could explore in greater depth the current state of the world’s food system? Professionally accredited courses on food security-related topics are now being offered online. How would you prefer to take them? A) For free B) In your own home C) At your own pace D) With no grades E) With easy-peasy quizzes like these F) All of the above If you answered “F,” then you should definitely consider the Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction online program. It’s a new initiative spearheaded by the European Union and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. These courses are designed for high-level experts in the field of food security, but can just as easily be used by anyone interested in hunger issues. In fact, it gives you a way to contribute to the discussion about food security and be part of the decision-making process. […]

6. Wasted! Taking a hard look at the food we throw away.

Water Melon © Klaus Pichler

We often talk about the need to produce more food to end hunger, but we also have to find ways to waste less of the food that is already available. One third of the world’s food is wasted every year. Which means that some 1.3 billion (yes – billion!) tons of good food gets tossed out. And we’re not just talking about your leftover pizza crusts. Forty percent of all food wasted is still in its original packaging when it ends up in the trash – untouched, and still perfectly edible. Why is this happening? […]


7. The right to food is a human right -Enabling people to feed themselves with dignity Did you know that every person has a right to food? This doesn’t mean we have a right to charity, but we do have the right to feed ourselves with dignity. It is a human right officially recognized by most countries. This means that governments are obliged to ensure that citizens have the means to buy food or the ability to produce it. If that isn’t happening, citizens can demand that their right to food be respected. […]

8. Food for 9 billion: Brazil delivers on hunger promise What can we learn from Brazil’s Zero Hunger? Launched in 2003 by then-president Lula da Silva, Brazil’s Zero Hunger programme had an ambitious goal: to guarantee every Brazilian had three meals a day. Nine years on, it has become a textbook case of success. What’s the secret? […]

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10 things you can do to end hunger - What can I personally do to make a difference? The EndingHunger movement is about creating strong public demand for an end to chronic hunger, once and for all. Sometimes we are contacted by supporters who want to know what exactly they can do. Our ACT section offers practical ideas, but here’s a quick recap in 10 steps. […]

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