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On Farming, Food Security, and Favorite Sports Moments

Action Against Hunger friend Roger Thurow, senior fellow for Global Agriculture and Food Policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, released his new book, The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, last month. It is an intimate portrait of the lives of four smallholder farmers in western Kenya as they work to move from subsistence farming to sustainable farming, from farming to live to farming to make a living.

Increasing the Scope of Teacher Success

Twenty years ago, the education system in the small West African country of Benin was in a state of near collapse. Today it is rebounding, emerging from decades of political strife and little government support.

A Few Miles From Houla, a Massacre Hits Home

Pulling into the Lebanese Army checkpoint at Wadi Khaled, bustling Beirut seemed a world away. Thick gray clouds hugged the mountainside, and a fierce wind whipped across the roadway. A text message on one of our cell phones welcomed us to Syria - an indication of just how close we were to that war-torn country.

A Nutrition Cliff-Hanger in Geneva!

We were all holding our breath waiting to find out the outcome of the Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) comprehensive implementation plan. So much of what HKI promotes is central to this plan, so it was critical that the resolution be passed. It was a real cliff-hanger – but in the final hours of Friday’s debates at the 65th World Health Assembly the plan was adopted unanimously – a real victory for nutrition and the timing couldn’t be better.

For Displaced Pakistanis, a Positive Way Forward

One is a 65-year-old woman, displaced by severe floods in 2010. The other is a 60-year-old man, a farmer forced from his fields and his home when the government’s clashes with regional insurgents intensified. They hail from different villages in Pakistan’s northern Nowshera District, and are unlikely to ever meet. But what they do share are compelling stories of human resilience in overcoming tremendous adversity to move forward positively with their lives—all with support from Action Against Hunger. These are their stories.

The Too-Often Forgotten, Yet Critical First Half of M&E

“If you don’t have any sound monitoring data throughout your project, your evaluation is gonna stink anyway.”

Strengthening Learning in Fragile States

A Conversation with Cornelia Janke, Senior International Technical Advisor, Education Development Center (EDC).