Here are links to some recently published information on the rate of food insecurity among children and other vulnerabilities in America broken out State by State. Thanks to Tamara Murrell for sharing the info:
2 Bards Against Hunger Events
Here's info on upcoming anti-hunger events sponsored by an active group of poets in Northern Virginia.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has published a new annual report on the State of Food and Agriculture. This year, it is dedicated to the topic of food waste: http://www.fao.org/3/ca6030en/ca6030en.pdf
Dr. Hiram Larew wrote a review for Fire and Rain:
Ecopoetry of California http://www.scarlettanager.com/fire-and-rain.html
Hunger has many neighbors -- environmental degradation lives just next door. Without a healthy environment, sustainable food production is only a dream. And so, when nearly 150 poets voice the vistas of that eco-treasure called California, the anti-hunger community tunes in.
“Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California,” an award-winning anthology edited by Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan (2018; Scarlet Tanager Books, Oakland, CA; 430 pp) is vast with word-painted landscapes that are at once iconic, dazzling, vanishing, daring and, most of all, haunting. The many perspectives alongside the rich array of stream-wandering wonders in this collection of poems are worth our appreciation and concern. And, while hunger isn’t mentioned, nearly every page contains a near-famished love of the hills, peaks, blooms, blaze and fur of the place. Yes! to these poems that feed us.
To help kickoff his week of Poetry- and Hunger-focused visits at Hood College in Frederick, MD, Bre, Taylor and Hiram (in the picture) served 150 hot lunches on Monday at Frederick's Rescue Mission. Hiram would like to thank Calvin for organizing the food line!
Hiram expresses his gratitude to folks at Hood College and the Council of Independent Colleges for the opportunity to serve as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Attached is a flyer to Hiram's lecture.
15 July 2019, New York - An estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row, according to the latest annual State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019) report. The report, launched at the UN High-Level Political Forum, underscores the immense challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.
The pace of progress in halving the number of children who are stunted and in reducing the number of babies born with low birth weight is too slow, which also puts the SDG 2 nutrition targets further out of reach. At the same time, adding to these challenges, overweight and obesity continue to increase in all regions, particularly among school-age children and adults. The chances of being food insecure are higher for women than men in every continent, with the largest gap in Latin America.
"Our actions to tackle these troubling trends will have to be bolder, not only in scale but also in terms of multisectoral collaboration," the heads of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) urged in their joint foreword to the report.
Hunger is increasing in many countries where economic growth is lagging, particularly in middle-income countries and those that rely heavily on international primary commodity trade. The annual UN report also found that income inequality is rising in many of the countries where hunger is on the rise, making it even more difficult for the poor, vulnerable or marginalized to cope with economic slowdowns and downturns. Watch the launch.
Climate change is threatening the world's food supply, the United Nations warned, and the window to address that threat is closing rapidly.
The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself.
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Aaron R., the winner of the last year's World Food Day Poetry Competition, read his poem "Hunger Pains" at the 55th Annual Conference of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD):
Food Crisis in Zimbabwe
A May 1, 2019 webinar panel discussion hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies, on the food crisis in Zimbabwe. During the session, USAID’s Jason Taylor provided background facts and figures. https://www.csis.org/events/zimbabwes-burgeoning-food-crisis
Indiana school district turns unused cafeteria food into take-home meals for kids
Is there a poem in this story? Here's a clip about a program in South Bend, IN that uses food rescued from school programs to create weekend meals for students who may otherwise go without. The organization, CULTIVATE, is heading the effort. Thanks to Tamara Murrell of Forestville, CA for sharing the clip.
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