Sunday, October 30, 2011
Imagine a future free of famine. This summer, a food crisis emerged in the Horn of Africa and now threatens the lives of more than 13 million people. Although we've come a long way since the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85, it's time to make sure this doesn't happen again - anywhere. Go to http://one.org/actnow for more information.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
To learn more visit: Ending Hunger.org
Ever wonder why hundreds of millions of people go hungry? The reality is this: we already know what works against hunger. But the world has never made it a top priority.
R4: The Rural Resilience Initiative
Oxfam America and the United Nations World Food Programme have launched the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative to empower farmers and food insecure rural households with integrated risk management tools, including drought insurance, risk reduction, credit and savings. The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative develops long-term resilience to the growing challenges of food insecurity and climate change.
Learn the story of one village, Adi Ha, in Ethiopia where farmers are experimenting with the program -- one that lets them trade work for insurance against bad weather. Oxfam America has been following one farmer there for two years.
ViewChange: Africa's Last Famine - ViewChange.org
United Nations World Food Programme Hunger Stats:
- Hunger is the world's No. 1 health risk. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
- One in seven people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight.
- One out of four children in developing countries are underweight.
- There are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of USA, Canada and the European Union.
- 925 million people do not have enough to eat and 98 percent of them live in developing countries.
- Women make up a little over half of the world's population, but they account for over 60 percent of the world’s hungry.
- Undernutrition contributes to five million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Drought is inevitable, but famine is not. The current crisis in the Horn of Africa is a man-made disaster that could have been avoided. But over the past few years, we lost the political will and public support necessary to stop the starving – and its causes. As a consequence, tens of thousands of children have died.
We've also missed the opportunity to help 200 million people from poor farming families lift themselves out of poverty. Communities in Africa can cope with droughts and natural disasters. But we need donors to put resources toward seeds, irrigation and teaching farmers new growing techniques. We need leaders to invest in early warning systems and national social safety net programs.
Congress can help keep America's commitment to farmers in developing countries by fully funding Feed the Future— a life-changing USAID initiative that is investing in long-term agricultural development and could help put an end to famine for good.
Please sign our petition to Congress calling on them to fund this vital program:
International Petition: http://act.one.org/sign/hungry_no_more/