Originally posted on The Jew and the Carrot.
With Passover around the corner, many of us are poised to recite the words, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” But when nearly 1 billion people around the world are hungry or malnourished, these words become acutely daunting—particularly for communities recovering from disasters.
More than three years after a major earthquake ravaged Haiti, the country is still struggling to recover. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of problems: homelessness, violence, political corruption and, perhaps most severe, a shortage of food—resulting in hunger. In November 2012, these crises were further exacerbated by Hurricane Sandy, which ripped through Haiti before wreaking havoc in New York and New Jersey. Read More
Originally posted on Pursue: Action for a Just World.
The U.S. Farm Bill is a piece of legislation that is reauthorized every five to seven years. It covers many food-related government programs like SNAP in addition to international food aid programs. With the failure of the Super Committee to sneak the Farm Bill in under the rug, we have an opportunity, as Congress breaks for winter, to make sure that food aid and food justice are on the minds of our congresspeople.
Originally posted on Pursue: Action for a Just World
This Food Day, we have a chance to ask the big question about hunger: why does it still exist? Does it occur:
- Because there is not enough food for everyone?
- Because of climate change?
- Because of insufficient infrastructure?
The simple answer is that none of these is the sole cause of hunger today. There is enough food today to feed everyone on the planet, but the unequal distribution of wealth means that some people go hungry while others struggle to lose weight in the U.S. obesity epidemic. Climate change can lead to insufficient rain or floods that kill crops and decrease the quantity of food available, but there are also advanced growing techniques that will allow us to maintain an adequate supply of food, at least for the near future. Infrastructure isn’t the problem either. While in some places poor roads or lack of railroads can hamper the distribution of food, local communities can most likely grow their own food nearby. Read More
It goes without saying that American Jews are pretty into food—especially during the Jewish holidays.
Food plays a central and sensory role in our lives and serves as a map of our history. Meals, recipes and the acts of eating and drinking teach us about who we are, where we live and where we come from.
But there’s a crisis on our hands—a global food crisis—and it isn’t only because of food scarcity. Sometimes it’s because of the unintended but tragic consequences of our own government’s policies—policies that we have the power to change, if only we’d do our part. Read More
We’re really excited that not one but TWO of our grassroots partners and colleagues, Sameena Nazir and Molly Melching, are finalists for the Guardian International Development Achievement Award. It’s an award that honors the unsung heroes of international development; those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a positive difference in the lives and livelihoods of the world’s most marginalized people. Sameena and Molly need your votes to win!
So, who are these extraordinary women? Read More
Originally posted on the Global Circle blog.
Too often when policy makers in Washington make bad decisions, the people of Kampala, Port au Prince, and Bogotá pay the price. This is exactly what will happen in Colombia if Congress approves the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
AJWS’s partners in Colombia work on a wide range of issues—from securing resource rights for indigenous people, to creating new agricultural systems for community development, to empowering marginalized youth. One thing that ALL of our partners have in common is that they oppose the Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Originally posted on AlertNet.
Headlines tell us that a severe drought in the Horn of Africa is responsible for creating “the most severe food security emergency in the world today.” But is it?
Images of emaciated children and desperate parents have flooded the news. More than 10 million people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are in need of assistance. Levels of malnutrition are rising rapidly. Some 1,600 Somalis are arriving daily at refugee camps in southeast Ethiopia, and thousands of Somalis are trekking by foot to the already over-crowded Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya. The crisis has invoked the specter of Ethiopia’s famine, a calamity that took the lives of nearly one million people in the mid-1980s. Scientists are debating whether this drought is a direct result of climate change or a natural progression of changes in the environment. Regardless of the causes, the effects—widespread hunger and food insecurity—are anything but natural.
Posted in Food Justice, Human Rights, In the News, Sustainable Solutions, Take Action
Tagged agriculture, drought, Ethiopia, farmers, Kenya, land, livestock, Somalia
I’m a serious coffee drinker. But, admittedly, I know little about roasts, brews, or the land on which my beans are grown. Coffee is the U.S.’s largest food import, the second most valuable traded commodity only after oil. It’s also entangled in a complex web of issues involving human labor, the environment, climate change and international trade. I’ve been thinking more about these issues after reading a great post on Civil Eats and a recent New York Times article about Colombian coffee farmers (there’s a slideshow, too.) For the majority of small-scale coffee farmers in the developing world, the benefits of their hard work and economic investments are extremely limited. Rural farmers are isolated from global markets, and the long journey of a harvested coffee bean to the cup-o-Joe on your kitchen table is filled with powerful intermediaries.