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Supply and Demand for Something Different: How Open Data Can Help End Hunger

While progress is being made in the fight against hunger and food insecurity, almost 800 million people worldwide still suffer from hunger today.

An important week for civil society and the G7 and G20 summits

This week the official, key representatives for each of the member G7 and G20 countries (also known as Sherpas“) met in Frankfurt, Germany and Florence, Italy, respectively. On the agenda was the continued discussion and negotiation over a host of critical global issues under consideration for this year’s summits.

Urgent UN Warning: 20 Million Threatened by Famine

The United Nations warned on Friday, March 10th that 20 million people face the threat of famine in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen, and that "the world is facing the worst humanitarian crisis [in which the UN has intervened] since the UN was founded in 1945." 

Famine was officially declared in parts of South Sudan – the first time anywhere in the world since 2011. But South Sudan is not the only country facing a catastrophe.  Communities in Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen are also facing the threat of famine.


Famine Threatens East Africa

A persistent drought has left nearly 23 million people across the Horn of Africa without enough to eat. In South Sudan, hundreds of thousands are trying to survive famine. Nearly half the country—or 4.9 million people—are now going hungry. That number will grow when the “lean season” arrives in July, just before harvest and as food reserves have been exhausted.

The world’s last declared famine, which lasted from 2010 to 2012 in Somalia, resulted in 260,000 deaths.

Five ways American foreign aid saves Syrian lives

American aid is a mighty defense against conflict, poverty and despair, especially in countries where war and violence has forced millions to flee from the places they once called home.

President Trump has proposed large cuts to foreign aid at a time of desperate need. In Syria alone, 13.5 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance, as do the 4.8 million who have fled to neighboring countries.

The road to Taormina: building the foundations of renewed trust

With just over two months until the G7 member states convene for the 43rd summit in Taormina, Italy, ministerial meetings are well underway, the priorities have been identified by the host nation, and civil society organizations are engaging with governments to influence the outcome. 

The Italian G7 presidency has established its mission – building the foundations of renewed trust - and published its priorities. Italy aims to achieve its mission through three core pillars: