2014 MDG Report

July 7, 2014 – NYC – The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the 2014 MDG Report today at the opening of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) under the auspices of ECOSOC. He pointed out that the MDGs had served to “unite, inspire and transform” the world, and that more of the MDG goals were still in reach with a …

HANCI 2013 Report – THP countries make progress

25 June 2014 – IDS announced today that new evidence shows chronically poor countries are gathering pace in tackling hunger and undernutrition. According to new research published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), some of the poorest developing countries such as Afghanistan, Burundi and Liberia are making significant progress in their commitment to reducing hunger and undernutrition witnessed through increased …

G20 Leadership for Post-2015

Note – THP will be represented at the June 2014 C20: the Civil Society Forum of the G20 Summit. THP is an NGO registered in 9 members of the G20.  Under Australia’s presidency, the G20 will focus on economic growth and resilience, and the C20 is addressing four key issues. In partnering with women and men as they overcome hunger …

Need help designing seed-related assistance?

Seed System is a collaboration among diverse national and international organizations aiming to improve seed security in high stress and vulnerable areas across the world. Their new website seedsystem.org provides practical (‘how- to”) guidance and strategic thinking to help professionals design seed-related assistance.  pro provides practical (‘how-to’) guidance and strategic thinking to help professionals design seed-related assistance. Seed system website …

Climate change threatens to put back the fight to eradicate hunger by decades (OXFAM)

The 38th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened yesterday in Yokohama Japan. According to the IPCC news briefing, governments meet in Japan from 25 March 2014 until 30 March 2014 to discuss a major scientific report by IPCC. The Working Group II (WGII) contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability will be …

CSW Networking

Brianna Clarke represented THP at two key meetings during the UN Commission on the Status of Women and reports on them here: March 13, IFAD Luncheon, “Elevating the Role of Rural Women in the Context of a New Development Framework.” This was a 25 person luncheon & discussion led by International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD’s) North American Liaison Office, …

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Olivier De Schutter, a United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, has recently presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council. The Rapporteur called for the world’s food system to be radically and democratically redesigned. (SRFOOD.ORG, 2014). In the final report, Olivier De Schutter presents his main conclusions and a summary of recommendations issued over the …

IFPRI: 2013 Global Food Policy Report

The International Food Policy Research Institute has launched a 2013 Global Food Policy Report yesterday. The report was launched at the event held at the Institute’s Washington, DC main office. Among the speakers during the report launch event were  Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the Institute, and guest speakers Homi Kharas from Brookings Institution, Asma Lateef from Bread for the …

Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security (PNAS)

A study by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) shows that global diets have become more similar in composition over the last 50 years.  According to the study, “the narrowing of diversity in crop species contributing to the world’s food supplies has been considered a potential threat to food security.” (Khoury et …

Closing the Gender Asset Gap: Learning from Value Chain Development in Africa and Asia (IFPRI)

A recently released discussion paper by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on the gender asset gap, based on four project case studies, indicates that dairy and horticulture value chain cases have successfully increased the stock of both men’s and women’s tangible assets and those assets they own jointly. The four projects implemented in four countries (Uganda, Mozambique, Burkina …