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Boko Haram Attacks Creating Humanitarian Crisis In Niger Among Locals, Nigerian Refugees

IRIN: Niger: Boko Haram’s neglected crisis “…Nigerian families first began seeking refuge in Niger in 2013, but Boko Haram-related violence in the region has spiked in recent months, causing the number of refugees to balloon and leading to a fast-growing humanitarian crisis that garners little international media attention. An estimated…

Africa’s Smallholder Farmers Advance Food Security, Nutrition In Local Communities

U.S. State Department’s “DipNote”: Working With African Communities To Build a Future Free From Hunger Michele Rivard, chief of staff at the U.S. African Development Foundation, discusses the role of smallholder farmers and civil society in improving food security and nutrition for local communities in Africa (6/27).

U.N. Human Rights Chief Warns Of Famine In North Korea

CNN: North Korea’s historic drought expected to cause famine, U.N. says “…North Koreans are again facing a ‘looming humanitarian disaster in the DPRK,’ or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, according to the United Nations human rights chief. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told CNN, ‘We call for the international community…

New York Times Examines U.N.’s Zero Hunger Challenge

New York Times: A Road Map for Eradicating World Hunger “…Around the world, nations as varied as Brazil, Cambodia, Iran, and the Philippines have reported progress toward the goals of the Zero Hunger Challenge, a campaign that the United Nations began in 2012. … The goal is more complex than…

Improved Food Storage, Transport Can Help Reduce Global Food Waste

The Guardian: Roads, railways and research can stop global food waste Bjørn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and founder and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center “One-quarter of all the food in the world is lost each year, owing to inefficient harvesting, inadequate storage, and wastage in…

First Lady Michelle Obama Discusses Food Security, Nutrition At World Expo In Milan

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: FLOTUS Highlights Global Nutrition and Health Challenges at Expo Milano 2015 The blog post summarizes First Lady Michelle Obama’s comments made while visiting the USA Pavilion at the World Expo, noting she “expressed optimism about facing our global food and nutrition challenges after visiting the…

News Outlets Report On Dengue Outbreak, Food Security In Yemen; U.N. Launches New Aid Appeal

Associated Press/U.S. News & World Report: War-torn Yemen sees outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever, thousands infected “Thousands of people have been diagnosed with dengue fever in southern Yemen, where fighting has raged for months between Shiite rebels and their opponents, international organizations and health officials said Thursday. The top health…