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This summer, a food crisis emerged in the Horn of Africa and now threatens the lives of more than 13 million people. Although we've come a long way since the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85, it's time to make sure this doesn't happen again - anywhere. In Africa and beyond, the US government is investing in local agriculture, safety nets, risk management, and other programs so that this type of tragedy becomes history. But this fall, Congress threatens to cut foreign assistance programs like Feed the Future that sustainably help people break the cycle of poverty and hunger. This, coupled with increased peace and security can help ensure famine never happens again.
ONE is campaigning to ensure that the Congressional budget does not cut foreign assistance programs that help people break the cycle of poverty and hunger.
Investments in agriculture can have a huge impact on many of the world's poorest people, particularly in Africa. MORE
As a result of the current famine in Somalia, 30,000 children died between April and July 2011, and four million people throughout the country are food insecure, including three million in south Somalia. MORE
Four more years, that’s what we got last night. Four more years to solidify American leadership in ending hunger through agricultural development. Four more years to make President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative a permanent part of American policy no matter the political makeup in Congress and the ... More
I had the privilege of attending visits to Senators Kirk and Durbin's Chicago offices with Oxfam members and farmers from Guatemala recently. These meetings were exciting opportunities to advocate for effective development programs alongside people who benefit from them directly, and make sure that they are implemented in an ... More
This blog post was reprinted from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Global Food for Thought blog with the permission of the author, Roger Thurow. Here we go again.No sooner, it seems, did agriculture development spending fairly well survive the budget slashing for 2011 and 2012 then it is ... More
Jennifer Wynn, an intern with ONE’s policy team, reports on a recent event on the Farm Bill and its global implications at an event at George Washington University.How does the US Farm Bill relate to global hunger? Until last week, when I attended George Washington University’s “Shaping ... More
On February 3rd, the famine in Somalia was declared over -- but as my colleague Adrian Lovett wrote in a blog post last week, this is hardly a cause for celebration. If you think about it, the technical definition of famine is when you have more than 2 people or 4 ... More
We'd like to introduce you to The African Future, an organization devoted to improving the quality of life for the future of Africa. In this piece, founder Abdi-Fatah Ahmed reports on their efforts in Somalia. Follow them on Twitter at @dafricanfutureWe have all seen the figures: 4 million Somalis ... More
The anti-poverty advocacy group ONE today unveiled a new PSA titled "The F Word: Famine is the Real Obscenity" to spark a more urgent response to the growing famine in Somalia that has already killed more than 30,000 children in just 3 months. Featuring some of the biggest names from the worlds of entertainment, media and politics, the PSA is an effort to turn the media spotlight on the obscenity of tens of thousands of children dying of starvation in 2011. It is also part of a broader campaign by ONE to build support for longer-term strategies that will help end the cycle of famine once and for all.