UK Hunger

World Food Day - What Is It? When Is It?

Brittnay Sharman | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Brittnay Sharman

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. Every year on October 16, people around the world come together to show their commitment to help era...

Hunger In South Sudan: Don't Let The Rainy Season Become The Dying Season

John Loreom | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
John Loreom

I tell these mothers to just keep going. Dig for hours to find water underground. Walk for days to find nuts in the bush. Skip meal after meal to keep your children alive. Help is coming. And until then you just have to survive. That's what I tell myself every day when I miss my family painfully and get up, get ready for work, and just keep going.

How A Food Waste App Accidentally Became A Lifeline For Those Struggling To Feed Their Families

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK

An app designed to tackle food waste has proven to be an accidental lifeline for people who are struggling to afford to feed themselves. Since seven m...

How Women Are Stamping Out Poverty In Bangladesh

Mark Hammersley | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Mark Hammersley

"My daughter is going to finish school," one young woman told me, defiantly. "She's going to get the opportunities I didn't have."

Three Million Kids Short Of Somewhere To Go, Something To Do And Something To Eat

Jane Ashworth | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
Jane Ashworth

In most parts of the country the summer play schemes have gone. And, almost none of the remaining schemes provide lunch. A generation of the poorest children need somewhere to go, something to do, and something to eat. The GLA reckons that 500,000, yes, half a million kids, will have a summer holiday at risk of being without proper food.

Famines Are Man-Made. We Have The Power To Prevent Them.

Mark Goldring | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mark Goldring

Last week, Oxfam chartered a small plane and distributed beans, rice and oil in Panyijar in South Sudan. This was very much a last resort - not least because of the expense - but it was the only way to reach these communities and keep them alive.

Why We Must Act Now To Prevent A Hunger Catastrophe In East Africa And Not Repeat Past Mistakes

Girish Menon | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
Girish Menon

Drought in Somaliland, a region of Somalia where ActionAid works Six years ago famine gripped Somalia. The famine came as no surprise. Agencies on t...

This Is A Worsening Humanitarian Crisis That Shows No Signs Of Slowing

Mike Adamson | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Mike Adamson

Severe hunger that threatens lives is spreading across parts of Africa. Chronically and silently, a food crisis has been growing which the UN says now means that 20million people are facing deadly hunger. It hasn't happened in a day, it won't be solved in one, but it desperately needs the world's focus to save those lives.

Here Are Five Ways You Can Help Food Banks Fight Hunger At Christmas

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK

Food banks are handing out more parcels than ever before as Britons battle food poverty in ever-increasing numbers - and Christmas will be no exceptio...

Yes, Foodbank Use Is Complex - But We Can't Ignore The Evidence

Kayleigh Garthwaite | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
Kayleigh Garthwaite

Yes, foodbank use is complex, but that doesn't mean the government should dismiss evidence linking sanctions and their use. We must listen to people using foodbanks so that can we understand who they are, why they use them, and what it feels like. Only then can we start to do something about it.

The Poor And Hungry Should Not Be Punished For Stealing Food

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK

Italy's top criminal court has ruled that a hungry homeless man who took a package of hot dogs from a supermarket committed no crime. Roman Ostriakov ...

Who Are the UK's 1.25million Destitute People?

Chris Mould | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Chris Mould

The Destitution Report is an important step towards understanding the severe impact of poverty in the UK, but we could do much more to identify the scale of the problem and to progress in tackling it.

Hunger Hurts: How Would Nigella Feed a Family During a Drought?

Himaya Quasem | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK
Himaya Quasem

The young women I met in Somaliland worry about the same things I do, but they are feeling fear instead of relief. Hunger is hurting families in Somaliland. Women, girls and mothers deserve our support. It's time to act before things get worse.

Foodbank Use Is Soaring But The People Using Them Aren't Who You'd Think

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK

A record number of Britons are now using foodbanks, new analysis has revealed, with many of their customers being skilled workers or disabled people u...

Hunger Hurts: Extreme Weather is Killing Crops and Causing Hunger

Mike Noyes | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK
Mike Noyes

El Nino has caused the lowest recorded rainfall across parts of Southern Africa in decades. Crops and livestock are dying as drought takes hold. El Nino has already made more than 34 million people hungry in Eastern and Southern Africa. That number is set to double in the next 12 months.

The World Must Step Up and Respond to Ethiopia's Drought Crisis

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK Politics
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

The complexities of this crisis go beyond the very real human need I saw playing out in Fedeto. Were it faced with this drought alone, the Government of Ethiopia would have a heady, but manageable task. Sadly, all indications of the climate change trajectory suggest that this is not an isolated case of drought, but rather the paradigm for what is yet to come.

Change Is in Our Pocket - This Fairtrade Fortnight Stand Up for Farmers

Michael Gidney | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK
Michael Gidney

As our annual Fairtrade Fortnight gets underway this week (Feb 29th - March 13th) thousands of people across the UK will "sit down for breakfast, and ...

Remembering 'The Forgotten Crisis'

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The international response to what took place and what continues to take place is both a travesty and injustice. Hundreds of thousands of Innocent men, women and children fled to neighbouring countries such as Chad and Cameroon but more than 600,000 people remain displaced inside the country with many trapped inside enclaves they cannot escape.

On the Precipice of Disaster

Michael Van Koesveld | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK
Michael Van Koesveld

Since the conflict escalated in March last year, 30 civilians are made casualties of war every day in Yemen. Houses and hospitals are bombed, whole civilian areas cut-off and under siege, and people are fleeing for their lives on a daily basis. After nine months of fighting, the country is sinking into a disaster of immense proportions and deeply tragic consequences.

New Cross-Party Move To Help Poor Children In School

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Politics

A bill to automatically direct Government cash to Britain’s poorest children has won cross-party backing from more than 100 MPs. Labour MP Frank ...

Hunger in the UK - Do You Really Believe It's True?

Sarah Chapman | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK
Sarah Chapman

Today's Feeding Britain 2015-16 report by a cross-party group of MPs, led by the impressive Frank Field, highlights the 'tragedy' that there are still people across our country going hungry.

How Long Will It Take to End Child Malnutrition: 15 or 150 Years?

Sabrina de Souza | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Politics
Sabrina de Souza

If we get this right, my great-great-granddaughter won't be witnessing the end to malnutrition, I will. And so will you.

Let's Not Forget Seasonal Hunger in Sustainable Development Policymaking

Libby Blanchard | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK
Libby Blanchard

Agricultural development through productivity improvements, crop intensification, irrigation, and investment in infrastructure has significantly improved food security and the seasonal dimension of hunger worldwide in recent years. Yet seasonal hunger still persists among the rural poor, and should not be lost within poverty statistics or forgotten when addressing chronic hunger in policymaking.

The New Conservative Government Needs to Prioritise Ending the Injustice of Hunger

Rose Caldwell | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Rose Caldwell

As the post-election dust settles and MPs start to move into their new offices in Whitehall, I want the Department for International Development (DFID) to prioritise the injustice of hunger and undernutrition; a leading cause of child mortality accounting for one-third of all deaths of children under five.

Living Below the Line So That Others Can Rise Above It

Jeremy Horner | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK
Jeremy Horner

At emerge poverty free we work through local partners in East Africa to help people lift themselves out of poverty. Sometimes this is through an education project or by provision of clean water, and sometimes it is by establishing a demonstration farm, so that local communities can learn about improved farming techniques and better crops.