from The Human Impact:

“Urinating in dams” to solve India’s drought? Minister faces backlash

April 14, 2013

As India's western state of Maharashtra reels from the worst drought in over four decades and millions of people face the risk of hunger, a top official has sparked outrage with a crass, insensitive joke that he should urinate in the region's empty dams to solve water shortages.

from The Human Impact:

IF campaign to end hunger seems a bit iffy

January 25, 2013

By Maria Caspani

Techno music and revolving images of hungry babies were among the most disheartening, not to say disturbing aspects of the event that kicked off the 'Enough Food for Everyone IF' campaign at London's Somerset House this week.

from The Human Impact:

Conway book urges united global action plan to end hunger

October 10, 2012

Global food security can be achieved for almost 1 billion chronically undernourished people by promoting strong political leadership, technological innovation, investment in smallholder farmers and efficient markets, according to a new book.

from The Human Impact:

Solutions for a hungry world

May 2, 2012

By 2050, experts say, the planet will need at least 70 percent more food than it does today as its population soars, cities sprawl and climate change takes its toll. Will it be possible?

from Photographers' Blog:

Going hungry

March 7, 2012

By Bobby Ranoco

When I saw a headline in a local paper that the number of Filipino families experiencing hunger had risen from 4.3 million to 4.5 million, I called my sources in the slum district of Baseco community in Tondo, Manila.

from Full Focus:

Hungry in North Korea

October 6, 2011

North Korea's dysfunctional food-distribution system, rising global commodities prices and sanctions imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs had contributed to what appears to be a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. The regime's appeals for massive food aid have gone mostly unanswered by a skeptical international community. Only 30 percent of a United Nations food aid target for North Korea has been met so far. Photographer Damir Sagolj went to bear witness.

from MuniLand:

It’s hot down in Alabama

By Cate Long
July 18, 2011

It's hot down in Alabama

It sounds like we have a deal in Jefferson County, Alabama. This has been a long festering problem where the county is unable to afford the debt payments on $3 billion of bonds for a sewer system built several years ago. Excellent local reporting by KDAF-TV and Birmingham News. It sounds as if Jefferson County wants creditors to reduce the debt owed by $1.3 billion.

from The Great Debate UK:

Join the quiet revolution – Kristin Davis

March 7, 2011

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Kristin Davis, star of the show and movie Sex and the City, is an Oxfam Global Ambassador. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host an International Women’s Day follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011.

from Tales from the Trail:

The Lunchbox Index

November 16, 2010

GERMANYThe Dow, the FTSE, the Hang Seng -- all these are economic indices of a sort. But in Washington, there's another index that might offer a more intimate picture of people under economic pressure, and it's as near as the office fridge. Let's call it the Lunchbox Index.

from Shop Talk:

Panera’s pick-what-you-pay cafe holds its own

July 28, 2010

panera2Panera Bread's hometown experiment in altruism appears to be working.

About eight weeks after opening Panera Cares -- a nonprofit restaurant that invites customers to take what they need and pay what they can -- executives say it appears to be on-track to covering its costs and becoming self-sufficient.