Best of 2016: Our Five Most Popular Blogs

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What a year! To date, 2016 has seen many major accomplishments, such as the passing of the Global Food Security Act, and moments that challenged us, such as Hurricane Matthew and the ongoing crisis in Syria. This year we celebrated advancements in open data, cheered on #TeamRefugees at the Rio Olympics, and mourned the loss of leaders and friends.

Throughout it all, we've remained strong as a collective. To reflect on the progress we have made over the past year, here are the top five most-read blogs published in 2016. 

1. Pulses: It's Not About Your Heartbeat!

It starts with the name: many people refer to them as legumes or beans. Pulses are a subgroup of legumes that are dried, edible, and have low fat content. This includes kidney beans, chickpeas, split peas, lentils. The list could be a very long one, as there are many varieties. Read more.

** Fun fact: 2016 is the International Year of the Pulses **

2. Congress Takes Bipartisan Stand Against Global Hunger

Seeing that your family has a steady and stable supply of healthy and nutritious food is a fundamental commitment—and mission—of all mothers and fathers around the globe. It's a value, a need and an imperative that crosses cultural, geographic, and gender lines. Read more

3. Climate Change Action And The Critical Role Of NGOs

Humanitarian crises over the last decade illustrate the concept of inequitable impacts of climate change. The 2011 Horn of Africa famine — caused by a two yearlong drought, a result of the La Niña weather pattern, killed 260,000 people. [...] Less-developed countries lack the capacity to absorb these climate shocks. Read more

4. Think Small: What Is The Future For Small NGOs?

In December 2013, I attended an InterAction CEO Retreat presentation on a study by consulting firm FSG called “Ahead of the Curve: Insights for the International NGO of the Future.”  It was an interesting, thoughtful study but, frankly, I was annoyed.  Read more

5. Why Data On Agriculture And Food Security Investments Matters In The Fight Against Hunger

Although the world economy has grown for 54 out of the past 55 years, almost 800 million people today still suffer from hunger. Millions more live in poverty. Smarter investments in agriculture and food security are critical to end these problems. Read more

Thank you to all of our members, partners, and staff who have contributed to the blog over the year. To add your voice to the blog in 2017, view our blogging guidelines or reach out to InterAction's Blog Moderator for more information. Can't get enough? Visit our newsroom to view the complete list of blogs published in 2016