Hunger and Nutrition

Hunger and malnutrition are probably the most common ills that come to mind when we think of extreme poverty. These blogs explore the complexities of this issue as well as a variety of ways that effective organizations are finding to address it, from micronutrient fortification partnerships with producers and countries; to providing loans, supplies, and training to farmers; to direct cash transfers with which families may not only purchase food for the short-term, but may also purchase livestock or other capital that can generate income for long-term support.


What’s food got to do with it?
The Life You Can Save's blog usually talks about the challenge of extreme poverty and best ways to combat it, along with big and small ways in which you can contribute to the fight. So what’s food got to do with it?
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Climbing Toward Hope: How Graduation Programs Help People Rise from Extreme Poverty
Graduation programs such as those run by Village Enterprise help people lift themselves out of extreme poverty by providing a small up-front infusion of cash to address immediate needs followed by training to build long-term skills and business capabilities. The evidence of their effectiveness is strong.
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Changing What's on Our Plate
TLYCS Volunteer José Oliveira, an art teacher in Portugal, reflects on items he gave up, like a few coffees and beers each week, allowing him to donate more towards addressing extreme poverty. Bonuses included feeling happier and healthier himself. Try his "Personal Luxuries" calculator with items from your own "plate".
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African Famine Relief: How to Respond?
Famine is currently threatening 20 million lives over four East African countries. Extreme poverty causes preventable disease and death for millions around the world each year. Where and how should you give?
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Building a Path from Extreme Poverty in Eastern Uganda: How I Moved from Starvation into a Changemaker
I was born to a violent, polygamous Dad who did not pay my tuition since childhood. My mum, who herself never went to school, resorted to distilling alcohol to pay my school fees. She supported me only up to secondary school in 1998. After that, she was not able to take me any further. I went to Uganda’s capital Kampala in 1999, and pursued several hard labor jobs as a street child for 2 years.
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Improving Food Quality for Hundreds of Millions of People
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Project Healthy Children (PHC) — two non-profit organizations recommended by The Life You Can Save — have recently announced a partnership to improve the quality and delivery of one of the world’s most cost-effective interventions: food fortification.
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What you need to know about global hunger
The average American household gives $2,974 to charity each year. How far could that amount go to alleviating hunger and malnutrition in the developing world?
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A global partnership's fight against iodine deficiency
Iodine deficiency is a global public health problem and the world’s most common cause of preventable brain damage in newborns and infants. Goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland in the neck) is just the visible tip of the iceberg. The "hidden" effects are much more life-limiting and severe. During pregnancy, iodine deficiency can cause stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, and congenital brain abnormalities that may lead to irreversible and severe mental impairment.
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