It has been three months since the earthquake in Nepal. Over 9,000 people lost their lives and several more were injured. The latest figures state that over 117,000 people are displaced from their homes and over two million children have been affected. Like many countries at this time, Nepal is in great need of humanitarian assistance and help in rebuilding efforts. However, disaster relief is a short-term issue. The fate of the country in the long term must be considered by the international community.
Nepal was already listed as one of the poorest countries in the world prior to the earthquake, and moving forward they will not be able to break from their rank anytime soon. However, the country does have the means to be self-sufficient with the right help.
Nepal has many natural resources, particularly minerals like zinc and copper, but they are in limited supply and hard to get to. Agriculture is the largest source of income for the country and employs the most people. Many crops grow in the region but the most popular now are rice and corn. There is great potential for agriculture in the country if they can gain access to newer methods of farming and education. Agriculture will not only help Nepal feed its people, but boost international trading potential.
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One of the things you will hear often when you travel throughout Africa and visit with government officials is the amount of money they have committed to lifesaving programs from HIV/AIDs national programs to malaria, maternal health, and agriculture programs. What is often hidden, however, is whether or not those governments actually come through with their financial commitments. Lip service only goes so far before … Continue reading ONE Calls on African Countries to Commit to Increased Agriculture Funding
In nine days I will be traveling to Tanzania as an International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellow to cover agriculture, poverty, and hunger. As you may recall I also traveled to Zambia this summer to cover infectious diseases as an IRP fellow. This trip promises to be a eye-opener to me as I rarely concentrate on the subject. Typically, my concentration rests on women and girls, maternal … Continue reading Covering Agriculture, Poverty, and Hunger in Tanzania
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
The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change by Roger Thurow My rating: 5 of 5 stars One does not have to be a wonk to understand the intricacies of global hunger as many might suspect. Roger Thurow, a senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former Wall … Continue reading [Book Review] The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow
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
Photo Above: Small-holder farm where Kenyan woman farmer, Teresia (right) plants cabbage and other vegetables. She also owns a small dairy cooperative. Last Friday the NGO world applauded the announcement of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a new $3B commitment by G-8 nations, African countries and private sector partners to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years … Continue reading Where Does the G8 Stand On Its 2009 $22B Pledge to End Hunger?