Fighting against Poverty & Hunger

Articles, stories and news about the fight against poverty and hunger.

Make Not Wasting a way of life

This video by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations looks at the sources of food waste and the amount of food lost and shares potential solutions to the problem. “Hunger is still one of the most urgent development challenges, yet the world is producing more than enough food. Recovering just half of what is lost or wasted could feed the world alone. The FAO-led Save Food initiative is partnering with international organizations, the private sector and civil society to enable food systems to reduce food loss and waste in both the developing and the industrialized world.” Watch the video on the YouTube channel of the FAO.

Poverty isn’t permanent.

What is poverty? Is it increasing or decreasing?   Camila Gonzalez, 9 years old, studies at home on a computer she received through Uruguay’s “One Laptop per Child” programme. Enrollment in primary education, one of the surest means of reducing poverty, has increased significantly since 2000. The enrolment rate in developing regions reached 91 percent in 2015. Photo: Pablo La Ros/UNDP We challenged people in New York City to rethink what they know about poverty. Here’s what they had to say: Despite common misperceptions, poverty isn’t permanent! The world is making headway in the fight against poverty. Since 1999, we’ve reduced the percentage of people around the world who live in extreme poverty from 28 percent to 11 percent. That’s about 250,000 people worldwide who climb out of pov...

Multidimensional poverty and its assessment found their place in the 2030 Agenda

Adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development at the World Summit on 25-27 September 2015, the world leaders have recognized that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. From a human development perspective, we welcome the 2030 Agenda, and all national and international discussions, debates and dialogues about the multidimensional nature of poverty. Especially we welcome initiatives to include measures of multidimensional poverty into the list of indicators that will help monitor and track achievements in eradication of all forms of poverty. The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) has always been at the forefront in complementing the traditional m...

A new way of working in crisis

In Somalia, a test case for the UN’s commitment to bridging humanitarian and development work Nearly 895,000 people have been displaced due to drought compounded by armed conflict since November 2016. Photo: UNDP in Somalia Mohamed Ismail Yasin travelled 600 km to reach the sand dam near Bandarbeyla, in the Bari region of Somalia. He came with six members of his family and all the livestock they could bring. “I came from Mayle district,” Mohamed recounts. “We fled from the drought in the region. The livestock that we brought here got pasture, and today we brought them to the water dam to give then water.” The sand dam is one of the water harvesting structures built by UNDP in partnership with the Global Environment Facility. It aims to reduce the impacts of climate change-induced disasters...

Can horizontal inequalities be overcome?

Horizontal inequalities are inequalities between groups with different identities, like blacks and whites, women and men, Muslims and Hindus, or Hutus and Tutsis, among many examples. Such inequalities are unjust and resented. When severe, horizontal inequalities can cause violent conflict. These inequalities are often extremely persistent. Blacks in the United States have been poorer than whites since they first arrived as slaves; despite emancipation, they remain less well educated, poorer, and discriminated against in multiple ways. Similarly, the Romany people have been deprived throughout Europe for centuries. There are many persistent horizontal inequalities in developing countries, which are often linked to geography. For example, northern groups in Nigeria or Ghana; Somalis in Keny...

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