There are concerns over hunger as Kenya enters what is traditionally the driest season on the calendar. “High levels of food security remain for poor and very poor households with non-self supporting livelihoods,” says the October 2011 to March 2012 report by Famine Early Warning Systems Network, WFP, and the Ministry of Agriculture.
FreeRice.com Reaches 1 Million Users —Huffington Post
FreeRice.com, once a small seedling, has sprouted into something huge. The online game that allows players to donate grains of rice for correctly answered trivia questions announced it had reached 1 million registered users since its founding in 2007.
Hunger Can’t Wait —Huffington Post
This year, the traditional year-end exercise of reflecting on the successes and failures of the past 12 months, and looking ahead to the coming ones, holds special significance for Jose Graziano da Silva. Last June marked a turning point, with his election as director-general of FAO.
Sudan of 3,000 Deaths in Ethnic Violence —The New York Times
More than 3,000 villagers were massacred in the recent burst of communal violence in South Sudan, with the fledging South Sudanese government, which just won its independence six months ago, seemingly unable to stem the bloodshed.
The coming of the rainy season and a lack of pit toilets in rural areas exposes many people to waterborne diseases. Since the rains began several weeks ago, dirty water has been accumulating on the settlement, now home to hundreds of former farmworkers and others displaced during Operation Murambatsvina in 2005.
Should We Worry About Redefining Aid? —The Guardian
The definition of what counts as “aid” drawn up by the donors, has always included debt cancellation, regardless of whether or not it will make any more money available to the recipient country. Should we go back to the drawing board and write a better definition of what should and shouldn’t be called aid?