Join Kristin Davis and Djimon Hounsou on Sahel Relief

Much has been written here about the crisis in the Sahel region of western Africa. While there is no famine like we saw last year in the Horn of Africa, there are entire countries that are in desperate need of food relief. Due to failed crops and rising food prices and in some countries government instability there are currently 18 million people are at risk … Continue reading Join Kristin Davis and Djimon Hounsou on Sahel Relief

How Many People Are Affected By the Sahel Food Crisis? Probably More Than You Think.

This is a powerful graphic from Oxfam America because it clearly shows how quickly the food crisis in the Sahel is accelerating and affecting millions more people. One of the greatest problems right now in combating the Sahel food crisis is a lack of food aid funding. Oxfam is urging citizens to write a letter to Secretary Clinton to schedule an emergency aid conference for … Continue reading How Many People Are Affected By the Sahel Food Crisis? Probably More Than You Think.

[Watch] World Food Programme #Food4Sahel Event

If you missed the World Food Programme’s live Google+ hangout about the Sahel hunger crisis yesterday you can watch it in its entirety on Youtube. You can see everyone who participated in this web story. Denise Brown, the World Food Programme Country Director for Niger answered questions about the food crisis in Niger. “The biggest challenge we have is the areas where we didn’t intervene, … Continue reading [Watch] World Food Programme #Food4Sahel Event

Join the World Food Programme This Wednesday to Learn About the Sahel Hunger Crisis

On Wednesday, May 30 at 12:00 PM PDT/ 3:00 PM EST/ 8:00 PM GMT the World Food Programme will host a live event aimed at raising awareness about the Sahel crisis. As the “hunger” season in Niger approaches the World Food Programme is organizing an exclusive Google+ Hangout for aid professionals, Africa specialists, and journalists. Watch the discussion  on the World Food Programme’s Youtube page … Continue reading Join the World Food Programme This Wednesday to Learn About the Sahel Hunger Crisis

Photographer Launches New Site for Maternal Health + Monday Reads

Last week I wrote a piece for Impatient Optimists, Documentary Captures the Lives of Midwives in Southern Ethiopia, in which I shared the work of Italian  photographer Paolo Patruno. Patruno works with NGOs to document births across sub-Saharan Africa in order to highlight the current state of maternal health on the continent. Thus far he has worked in Ethiopia, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, … Continue reading Photographer Launches New Site for Maternal Health + Monday Reads

Southern African Countries Face Hunger Threat

It sounds seemingly impossible, but there is yet another area of Africa that is under threat of a food shortage due to erratic rains during the growing season. While the Sahel is still experiencing food shortages, southern Africa is now joining ranks with the northwestern part of the continent. According to the World Food Programme, 3.5 million people are living in drought-hit areas in Malawi, … Continue reading Southern African Countries Face Hunger Threat

Helping Those in Need of Food Assistance

The World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger on the planet. They do amazing things every day in every corner of the world that needs the greatest help. The World Food Programme recently released their 2011 Year in Review. It is well worth a read if you have a chance. According to the report the World Food Programme’s 2011 food assistance reached nearly … Continue reading Helping Those in Need of Food Assistance

Support the World Food Program With a Banner

To become an effective member of the social good movement doesn’t mean you have to partake in huge humanitarian efforts or donate tons of money to causes you care about. Social good can be witnessed in a single tweet, blog post, or even placing a badge about a cause whose work you admire on your blog. If you follow the posts on hunger relief and … Continue reading Support the World Food Program With a Banner

World Food Program: Feeding Women, Girls, Families

Yesterday I tuned into the World Food Program USA’s webcast, Mothers Rule the World, where those of us online learned about WFP’s efforts to feed women and girls in the developing world and thereby their entire families. Hosting the web cast was Isatou Jallow, chief of women, children and gender policy at the U.N. World Food Program and Rick Leach, president and CEO of WFP … Continue reading World Food Program: Feeding Women, Girls, Families

Can You Imagine Not Being Able to Feed Your Children?

Can you imagine not being able to feed your children? I can’t either. I have never been in this situation, but mothers all across the Sahel are facing this dire dilemma even as I write this. In Mali in particular where one president stepped down on Sunday, another takes office on Thursday and rebels are holding the north, mothers and their children are facing an … Continue reading Can You Imagine Not Being Able to Feed Your Children?

Heading to Berlin for TedxChange

I am happy to say that tomorrow I will be in Berlin to attend and cover TedXChange where some of the world’s brightest people will posit theories and solutions as answers to global pressing issues. Watch TEDxChange live on Facebook on Thursday, April 5 at 8:30am PST/11:30am EST/5:30 CET. This year’s theme is The Big Picture, where the speakers will apply new, bold ideas and perspectives … Continue reading Heading to Berlin for TedxChange

USAID Donates $100 Million to World Food Program

I have written a couple of times before about the famine in Africa’s Sahel region. Last year we watched the food crisis and famine in the Horn of Africa and now another famine is creeping upon western Africa because of food inflation costs, drought, conflict, and displacement. There is great news, though. Last week the World Food Program announced that USAID (United States Agency for International Development) has … Continue reading USAID Donates $100 Million to World Food Program

New Call for Aid to Stave Off Famine in Western Africa

Even though we watched the devastating famine in the Horn of Africa last year, there is another escalating famine, this time in western Africa. The crisis will “escalate into a full scale humanitarian emergency” if urgent action is not taken, Oxfam said in a statement. The United Nations has put a call out for $720 million dollars to feed those in risk of starvation in … Continue reading New Call for Aid to Stave Off Famine in Western Africa

Why We Should All Care About #Hunger.

Today high level talks took place at the World Food Programme’s Rome headquarters. Why? The Sahel region in western Africa is in dire threat of experiencing famine just like we are currently seeing in the Horn of Africa. Aid and humanitarian agencies are coming together to ensure they are ready for the impending food shortages that are being caused by food inflation costs, drought, conflict, … Continue reading Why We Should All Care About #Hunger.