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The Need for Improved Food Distribution
Jul 5, 2011by Nathan Crowder
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Sometimes the hunger problem is not solved with food production but instead with improved food distribution. In a region where hunger and poverty are endemic, it is still possible for food resources to go to waste.
Nov 29, 2013:
Recently, actress Angelina Jolie appeared before the U.N. Security Council and urged world leaders to make the fight against rape and other sex crimes a top priority for its peacekeeping missions.
Nov 1, 2013:
Kenyan educator Kakenya Ntaiya grew up in a Maasai village in Kenya where she was engaged at five and underwent the ritual of female genital mutilation. But she only agreed to go through with it after her father let her pursue her education.
Oct 23, 2013:
Nancy Sunday is a member of the Minewolf team working to remove landmines from her home. Driving an armored vehicle designed to crush or denote mines, her contributions are helping to create a safer, more peaceful country while working alongside men.
Oct 21, 2013:
Before any unimaginable idea can become real, there has to be someone who believes in it. UNICEF believes in zero: zero starving children, zero children denied an education, zero preventable child deaths.
Oct 18, 2013:
Zanzibar is often considered an idyllic island destination for tourists. But for the locals, there are deep-running problems that are fracturing the relationship between farmers and the government.
Oct 11, 2013:
Recently, Malala Yousafzai, advocate for girls' access to education worldwide, appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In this amazing interview, Jon and Malala talk about her struggles as an international voice for girls, her nomination to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, and her new book, I Am Malala.
Oct 9, 2013:
This video clip from the World Bank features a number of innovative programs that have made Costa Rica a world leader in agricultural and forestry practices designed to reduce global warming through lessening carbon output.
Oct 7, 2013:
After decades of civil war, the new nation of South Sudan must grapple with the monumental task of educating its people. As one of the most poorly educated nations in the world, ensuring its citizens are properly educated is a huge undertaking.
Oct 2, 2013:
For years, Judi and her husband planed, prepared, and saved for retirement. But when the markets crashed after the 9/11 attacks and her husband died ten days later, Judi's life was in turmoil. She nearly lost everything.
Sep 16, 2013:
Hopeful news in the battle against malaria made headlines recently as a malaria vaccine passed its first clinical tests. Using intravenous delivery of radiation-weakened parasites, the vaccine has proved effective at preventing the disease in small groups of adults.
Sep 13, 2013:
For 20 years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has fought to ensure all nations on the globe work to make the ideals enshrined within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights a reality.
Sep 6, 2013:
Do you know about all the ways the United Nations works to change and improve the world? Since its inception after World War II, the UN has worked in a multi-dimensional mission to bring peace and stability over the world.
Sep 4, 2013:
The continuing conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has forced a million children to flee their homeland. For eight-year-old Aya, her family's flight to Lebanon has caused a halt to her education.
Aug 26, 2013:
If population growth continues on the staggering pace it has for the last century, there might not be enough water to go around. The threat of a global water crisis is a real possibility.
Aug 23, 2013:
Did you know that 97.5% of the earth's water is salt water? That leaves only 2.5% of fresh water for the entire globe to drink, clean, and cook. There's not much to go around, but it's a vital component to life.
Aug 16, 2013:
Less than 100 years ago, women in the United States were not permitted to vote. August 18 marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which grants voting rights to women.
Aug 12, 2013:
Soil erosion is among the major environmental problems in southwest China, threatening the livelihood of millions of rural poor people. Water shortages were also a serious problem for the people living in the region.
Aug 9, 2013:
Flood waters remain high, and damage to the surrounding village is great. Mae Tao Clinic medics are providing vital medical assistance to people who have lost their belongings and homes. You can help by supporting the Mae Tao Clinic, and the Karen people, in their time of need through a Gift That Gives More.
Aug 9, 2013:
After disastrous flooding devastated rural areas in Pakistan, the rebuilding effort has presented a unique opportunity for change in traditional attitudes towards girls' education. With the help of UNICEF, Pakistan is working to make universal education for all children within its borders a reality.
Aug 7, 2013:
During the Burundian civil war, combatants on both sized of the decade-long conflict killed cows in acts of revenge. When it came time to rebuild, the World Bank's International Development Association fund worked to help the region recover.
Aug 5, 2013:
This video features some easy ways to quickly identify if an item is GMO. Did you know you can sometimes tell if produce is genetically modified by its PLU number? Did you know that there are certain crops that should be almost entirely avoided if trying to cut GMOs from your diet?
Aug 2, 2013:
With all this talk about GMO's, it's worth taking a moment to explain what exactly makes a food product GMO or not. Essentially, GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) are plants and animals that has had its DNA changed to produce a certain outcome, often helping plants fight off bugs and other potential risks, which in turn ensures a stable yield for farmers.
Jul 31, 2013:
Change takes time, and sustainable change takes investment in the future. To help lift the world’s poorest out of extreme poverty, the World Bank has set up the International Development Association (IDA). This fund to help finance jobs, clean water, and education for approximately 1 billion people around the world who live one less than $1.25 a day.
Jul 30, 2013:
Greater Good partner Ben Simon of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) has been nominated as a finalist for the 2013 Do Something Award. Help FRN keep feeding the hungry and fighting waste by texting "BEN" to 38383 to vote for them to win the Do Something Awards and $100,000!
Jul 29, 2013:
Adopted by the United Nations in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights represents the first global expression of rights to which all of humanity is entitled. Inspired by the horrors and atrocities of World War II, it is made up of 30 articles which outline basic freedoms granted to all people.
Jul 26, 2013:
Yesterday, we featured a video of 11 year-old Nada Al-Ahdal who ran away from home to avoid being forced into marriage. To continue on the theme of child brides, today's post features talks by National Geographic photographer Stephanie Sinclair and writer Cynthia Gorney of their experience covering the weddings of girls as young as five.
Jul 25, 2013:
When 11 year-old Nada Al-Ahdal was informed that she was to be married, she took matters into her own hands. She fled to her uncle's home for protection and safety. She says she'd rather kill herself than return to her family and go through with the marriage her family had arranged against her will.
Jul 24, 2013:
In regions of Georgia left devastated by its conflict with Russia in 2008, micro loans are making a big difference to rebuild lives and grant economic stability. With funding from the EU and the United Nations Development Program, seven microfinance institutions have assisted displaced persons, women entrepreneurs, small-scale farmers, and other socially and economically vulnerable communities to start up small businesses.
Jul 22, 2013:
As part of the United Nations' Third Millennium Development Goal to promote gender equality and empower women, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector program. This initiative makes an effort to shift the traditionally male-dominated industry to one where women have equal representation.
Jul 18, 2013:
In 1976, the United Nations adopted two covenants: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Culture Rights. These two documents, combined with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights make of a trifecta of international law that guarantees freedom for all people across the globe, known as the International Bill of Human Rights.
Jul 16, 2013:
Friday, July 12, was Malala Day, honoring the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban and left for dead for attending classes last year. After her remarkable recovery, she continued to attend classes and be a voice for change in international education.
Jul 11, 2013:
Despite the dedication and efforts of humanitarian forces, the crisis in the Sahel continues to deepen, spreading hunger, malnutrition, impoverishment, and conflict across the region. The region which spans parts of Chad, Mauritania and Niger suffers from long-term food insecurity and displacement due to severe drought.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can help ease the crisis in the Sahel.
Jul 4, 2013:
In India, it's estimated that more than half of the nation's households don't have access to lavatories. The lack of sanitation causes every one in ten deaths in India and results in billions of dollars in economic loss.
Jul 2, 2013:
The United Nations understands women and men experience conflict in different ways. It makes sense then, that they would take different approaches to peace and peace building. This video highlights the many important ways that women help create a more peaceful world, from developing community driven initiatives to serving in the field in roles ranging from platoon leader to medical doctor.
Feb 21, 2012:
Can Jose Graziano da Silva, a Brazilian agronomist and writer who is the new head of the UN's food agency, secure greater commitment from governments to feed one billion hungry people around the world?
Nov 21, 2011:
In the past year the Oregon Food Bank has seen a surge in families requesting need. As jobs evaporate, healthcare costs rise, and the housing market slumps more and more families are struggling to make ends meet.
Nov 13, 2011:
Did you know Bhutan is the only country on the planet to measure Gross National Happiness? Join Ben as he & a team of filmmakers undertake a 50-day journey documenting the story of four endurance athletes as they make an unprecedented border-to-border crossing of Bhutan by foot and by bike.
Nov 8, 2011:
Whether you call New York City "The Big Apple", "The City that Never Sleeps", "The Center of the Universe", or just "Home" it's hard to argue that New York is dynamic, energetic, and incredible. The variety of people that live there, sights, sounds, smells, it all combines to make it a city beyond compare.
Oct 25, 2011:
We are constantly amazed by how gorgeous the world around us really is. Nature has revealed another one of its incredible light shows.
Enjoy the Northern Lights as seen east of Martin, Michigan on October 24 2011.
Oct 21, 2011:
This month Sesame Street introduced their newest Muppet this month, 7 year-old Lily. Her Magenta skin and red dreadlocks are typical Muppet but she's a character struggling with food insecurity. In short, she and her family are hungry.
Sep 16, 2011:
A troubled economy, a terrible housing market, and jobs that are drying up have led to the highest poverty rate in America in over 30 years. Here we meet Ken Bargy, just another American trying to make ends meet in an increasingly rough economy.
Sep 14, 2011:
Watch as Ben Affleck turns his doe-eyes and 5 o'clock shadow to the plight of hunger in America. Where even people who work hard all day and earn a paycheck might not have enough to give their family healthy food.
Sep 8, 2011:
Every year Yusef Ramelize -- a graphic designer -- chooses to go homeless in the Big Apple for one week every year to bring attention to the growing numbers of homeless people in the America.
Sep 1, 2011:
Hunger isn't just something that happens in far off countries or to people too lazy to work. It happens to your friends and neighbors, to the people who are working hard but, after all the bills are paid, still don't have enough to put healthy food on the table.
Aug 31, 2011:
While this may not be an easy video to watch it is an important video to watch. Over one billion people around the world live on less than $1 which means they don't have access to food, healthcare, or even, in many cases, clean water.
Aug 18, 2011:
As the crisis in Eastern Africa grows it becomes more and more clear that it is the children who are hardest hit. Over 400,000 children are in imminent danger of dying from malnutrition and, with the famine expected to drag on till after the first of the year, many thousands more beyond that.
Aug 12, 2011:
It takes a combination of elements to create a crisis as large as the current famine in Eastern Africa. With millions of children at extreme risk of starvation, some people are already referring to this as Africa’s "Lost Generation."
Jul 6, 2011:
The worst drought in 60 years reaches crisis proportions in the Horn of Africa.Even with refugee camps in place to accommodate people displaced by extreme climate change, aid agencies are finding themselves overwhelmed.
Jun 20, 2011:
A portrait of a city on the edge: Chicago, the "City of Big Shoulders," faces big problems. Close to 45% of the population struggles near the poverty line. With jobs hard to come by and food banks running low, what does the future hold?