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Activists slam Rio+20 sustainable development summit as a 'hoax'updated: Sat Jun 23 2012 05:54:00

As delegates ended the three-day Rio+20 summit with a 53-page statement called "The Future We Want," activists slammed the U.N. conference on sustainable development as a "failure of epic proportions."

Bianca Jagger: We're at tipping pointupdated: Sat Jun 23 2012 05:54:00

Bianca Jagger rallies governments to support the world's biggest land restoration project to fight climate change.

Hunger crisis plagues Mauritaniaupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 20:25:00

Ralitsa Vassileva reports on the drought gripping the West African country of Mauritania.

A distress call from Africa's Sahel: Millions might starveupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 20:25:00

The Economic Community of West African States sent a distress call Tuesday to the international community declaring that more than 6 million people are at risk of hunger in the Sahel region of Africa, including more than a million children exposed to severe malnutrition.

North Korea faces worst drought in 50 years; South says aid unlikelyupdated: Tue May 29 2012 04:39:00

North Korea is facing possibly its worst drought in 50 years, state media reported this week.

Report: Senior women at risk for hungerupdated: Fri May 18 2012 08:22:00

A new report finds millions of seniors, a majority of them women, are going hungry. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Finding new answers to feeding a growing world populationupdated: Fri May 18 2012 08:22:00

The campaign to feed the world's poor will get some much needed star power Friday when Bono, co-founder of the global advocacy organization ONE, arrives to rally leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations to take action.

Four African leaders to join food security talks at G8 summitupdated: Fri May 04 2012 07:49:00

President Barack Obama has invited four African leaders to join food security talks at the annual G8 summit this month.

Sniffing out Savingsupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 07:40:00

HLN's Jennifer Westhoven has some ways for you to save money and still give your pet the best care.

How to find help caring for your pet updated: Fri Apr 13 2012 07:40:00

Our unemployment rate may be dipping, but many U.S. families still struggle to make ends meet. "Doing more with less" requires tough decisions about household expenses, and many pet owners face the possibility of losing their pets.

U.S. food aid heading to North Koreaupdated: Sat Mar 10 2012 10:05:00

U.S. food aid is going to North Korea for the first time in three years. CNN's Eunice Yoon reports.

Why is North Korea willing to deal on nukes?updated: Thu Mar 01 2012 13:10:00

The announcement Wednesday of a diplomatic breakthrough between the United States and North Korea is a welcome surprise at a critical time. Not only are more than 6 million North Koreans facing food shortages, but also the window is quickly closing for the United States to have any leverage over North Korea's nuclear program, given the changing global balance of power.

Hunger in Niger threatens millionsupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 08:51:00

The knock on the door is a sign of bad things to come.

UN warns of food crisis in South Sudanupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 10:21:00

Less than a week after the United Nations declared an end to the famine in Somalia, a new report from the world body says millions of people in South Sudan will now face hunger if urgent action is not taken.

South Korea to allow food aid to North for first time since Kim's deathupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 06:03:00

The South Korean government on Friday approved the first shipment of food aid to North Korea since the death of dictator Kim Jong Il last month.

Feed America's hungry (and their pets), says nonprofit groupupdated: Sun Dec 25 2011 13:04:00

Food banks across the country kicked into high gear for the holiday season this week in an effort to feed America's hungry. But a few instead homed in on an often overlooked casualty of hard times -- the family pet.

Flying dogs to freedomupdated: Sun Dec 25 2011 13:04:00

Photojournalist Burke Buckhorn introduces us to a man who has flown more than one hundred dogs to new homes.

Cafe tells customers 'pay what you want'updated: Mon Nov 28 2011 17:02:00

In an effort to fight hunger, a cafe ditches prices and tells customers to "pay what you want."

How to make an impact on hungerupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 17:02:00

The world produces enough food to meet the needs of its population, yet nearly one in six people suffers from chronic hunger according to the United Nations' Committee on World Food Security.

Report: 1 in 5 U.S. children at risk of hungerupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 08:59:00

Students gathered as the chef sliced tomatoes with a plastic knife in a Brooklyn public school cafeteria. Their eyes followed as she held up a slender green cylinder before the crowd of parents and kids in plastic aprons and hairnets.

CNN Hero: Bruno Seratoupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 08:59:00

Since 2005, Bruno Serato has been serving free pasta dinners to children, many of whom are poor and live in motels.

Piracy 'delaying vital food aid from reaching Somalia'updated: Thu Nov 03 2011 10:37:00

Somali pirates are notorious for being behind a spate hijackings on the high seas but their activities have also exacerbated food shortages in the Horn of Africa, a senior official from the African Development Bank has said.

'Peanut butter medicine' giving hope to Haiti's hungryupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 12:02:00

With his ribs showing and his skin practically hanging off him, Pierre Wisny is painfully thin.

Helping Haiti's malnourished childrenupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 12:02:00

Gary Strieker reports on the fight against malnutrition in Haiti's youngest citizens

Meet Lily, a muppet facing growing concern: national hungerupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 19:10:00

Move over, Cookie Monster. And pipe down, Oscar the Grouch.

North Korea's starving childrenupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 21:43:00

The World Food Program releases startling video of severely malnourished children in North Korea.

Where are the undernourished?updated: Thu Aug 18 2011 14:56:00

About 13% of the world's population is undernourished, according to the most recent statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Famine in East Africa: How you can helpupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 10:36:00

Twelve million people are facing a hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and they are in desperate need of help.

You have the power to end hungerupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 10:32:00

I will never forget holding my newborn baby in my arms watching a television report on the 1987 famine in Ethiopia -- hearing the haunting cries of babies whose hunger could not be met by their anguished mothers.

Global response needed against hungerupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 10:32:00

Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Josette Sheeran says feeding the world needs a global response.

Economy's toll on food banks.updated: Sat Aug 13 2011 16:32:00

CNN's Athena Jones looks at the economy's toll on people's ability to feed their families.

Amid economic unease, demand climbs at U.S. food banksupdated: Sat Aug 13 2011 16:32:00

Feeding the hungry is the mission at Manna Food Center, a food bank in the suburbs of the nation's capital. This year, officials here are seeing more and more people who need their help.

East African crisis 'man made'updated: Fri Aug 12 2011 11:09:00

David McKenzie talks to World Bank, Kenya lead economist Wolfgang Fengler about the East African food crisis.

U.N., donors meet on Somalia famine as aid groups seek more helpupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 22:21:00

The World Bank has pledged more than $500 million for famine victims in Somalia as the United Nations met in emergency session Monday to address the aid response in Somalia, the hardest-hit nation in the region.

Starving in Somaliaupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 09:49:00

CNN's John Vause takes a look at the challenges facing the U.N. and other agencies dealing with the famine in Somalia.

Aid agencies deal with terrorists to reach Somalia's starvingupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 14:37:00

For aid donors and humanitarian agencies, it is a Faustian bargain: reach and save tens of thousands of people on the verge of starving to death. The price: come to an "understanding" with one of the most active affiliates of al Qaeda and perhaps help it retain control of large swathes of Somalia.

Africa drought difficult for kidsupdated: Sat Jul 09 2011 06:56:00

A severe drought in Kenya and Somalia is causing malnourishment in children.

EU pledges food aid to North Koreaupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 08:35:00

The European Commission has pledged $14.5 million in emergency food aid to help 650,000 North Koreans at risk of dying from malnutrition.

Food shortage in North Koreaupdated: Tue May 24 2011 03:15:00

CNN?s Eunice Yoon reports on warnings over food shortages in North Korea.

CNNMoney: World wastes 1 billion tons of food a yearupdated: Wed May 11 2011 16:30:00

The United Nations said Wednesday that about 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year, which amounts to roughly one third of all the food produced for human consumption.

State Department dismisses Carter charges on North Korean food aidupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 21:07:00

The U.S. State Department on Friday refuted charges by former President Jimmy Carter that the United States and South Korea were withholding food aid from North Korea for political motives.

Kim Jong Il offers unconditional dialogue with South Koreaupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 11:46:00

Returning from a trip to Pyongyang, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il ready for a summit with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at any time.

Rising food prices could drive up rates of hungerupdated: Thu Mar 17 2011 09:12:00

At the Community Market food bank, two small alcoves -- each with three chairs and a desk -- are used for interviewing potential clients.

Commodity prices like it's 2008updated: Wed Feb 16 2011 01:51:00

CNN's Jim Boulden looks back at 2008 and compares it with recent commodity price spikes.

World food prices hit record highupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 04:01:00

World food prices rose to an all-time high in January, according to the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The new hungry: College-educated, middle-class cope with food insecurityupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 16:56:00

Come Christmas dinner, Rolanda McCarty, a 36-year-old single mother, usually goes all out.

Hunger needs to be solved in my lifetimeupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 17:48:00

My every-other-month dinner-and-discussion group met the other night. After a plentiful potluck meal, we got down to the topic designated for the evening: "If you could solve any issue or problem in your lifetime, what would it be?"

UN: North Korea facing hunger because of grain deficitupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 16:37:00

About 5 million North Koreans will continue to face food shortages because of a grain deficit, two United Nations agencies warned Tuesday.

Federal report: U.S. hunger remains at highest levels in 15 yearsupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 11:48:00

The number of Americans fighting off hunger stayed level last year, though food insecurity rates remain the highest they have been since the federal government began keeping track 15 years ago, a Department of Agriculture report released Monday found.

Why is 'food security' sparking unrest?updated: Thu Sep 23 2010 23:19:00

While nations debate what to do about long-term problems such as climate change and dwindling water supplies, two words send immediate shivers down the spines of government officials across the world: Food security.

U.N.: World hunger down but still 'unacceptable'updated: Tue Sep 14 2010 16:26:00

The good news is that improving economies in developing nations is allowing more people to eat better, but the United Nations estimates that nearly 1 billion people will still face chronic hunger this year.

Retiree helps the hungry in The Hamptonsupdated: Fri Sep 03 2010 08:00:00

When you think of The Hamptons, you don't usually think of food pantries or feeding the hungry.

On the heels of ethnic violence, U.N. fears hunger in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 09:59:00

Concerned about rising food prices, a poor harvest and the onset of winter after violent ethnic conflict, the United Nations is ramping up food operations in Kyrgyzstan.

Afghanistan, Africa most at risk for food shortage, UN saysupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 04:45:00

Afghanistan and several African nations are the most at risk to have a food shortage, an organization that works with the United Nations said in a report Thursday.

Obesity + Hunger = 1 global food issueupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 12:05:00

Co-founder of FEED and creator of "The 30 Project," Ellen Gustafson, is trying to change the way the world eats.

Solving the world's hunger and obesity crises togetherupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 12:05:00

In 2007, I co-founded FEED Projects with my business partner, Lauren Bush, to help address the problem of global malnutrition. Bush had designed the first FEED bag, which provides school meals to children through the U.N. World Food Program, where I was working.

UN: African nations face food crisisupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 01:59:00

U.N. officials are pleading for immediate economic assistance for four African countries where people are facing malnutrition in the wake of a drought last year.

Millions facing hunger in Nigerupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 16:22:00

Cattle carcasses dot the desert. More beggars show up at street corners in the capital, Niamey. These are indications that Niger is on the brink of catastrophe, say aid workers.

CNN Hero: Gary Oppenheimerupdated: Wed May 26 2010 15:08:00

Gary Oppenheimer connects American gardeners who have extra produce to local food pantries in need.

Using nature's bounty to feed the hungryupdated: Wed May 26 2010 15:08:00

For Gary Oppenheimer, 2007 was a year of plenty.

CNNMoney: Wal-Mart pledges $2 billion to fight hungerupdated: Wed May 12 2010 13:45:00

Wal-Mart and its charitable foundation will commit $2 billion to help fight hunger in the United States, the company said Wednesday.

Somali militants order U.N. food agency to leaveupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 06:37:00

Somalia's main militant group has banned the United Nations food agency and ordered its aid workers to leave the impoverished country.

Beyond survival, health crisis loomsupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 14:56:00

Surviving the massive quake that rocked Haiti was just the beginning. Experts say the new dangers -- among them, deaths from untreated wounds and disease outbreak -- may be compounded by Haiti's old problem: poverty.

Dr. Gupta surgery on USS Vinsonupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 14:56:00

Off the coast of Haiti, CNN's Sanjay Gupta is leading surgery on a 12-year old girl aboard the USS Vinson.

U.N. official: North Korea should get food aidupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 20:15:00

Three days after North Korea declared it will not abandon its nuclear weapons program, a senior United Nations official who has just visited Pyongyang strongly defended international food aid to the so-called Hermit Kingdom.

The magnitude of Haiti's new realityupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 15:39:00

One month after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, the enormity of the country's damage is clear. The numbers tell stories of death and destruction, as well as a global outpouring of aid.

Haiti behind the lensupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 15:39:00

Photographer Peter Turnley chronicles the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in pictures.

Massive food distribution begins in quake-ravaged Haitian capitalupdated: Sun Jan 31 2010 22:44:00

A massive two-week food distribution effort aimed at reaching 2 million people began Sunday in Haiti's quake-ravaged capital.

Massive food distribution to begin Sunday in Port-au-Princeupdated: Sat Jan 30 2010 22:12:00

Massive food distribution coordinated by the World Food Programme, international aid agencies and the Haitian government will begin Sunday in the quake-ravaged capital.

Haiti's police woesupdated: Sat Jan 30 2010 22:12:00

Haiti's police chief talks with CNN's Karl Penhaul about the huge problems his police department faces.

World Food Program helps Haitiupdated: Thu Jan 14 2010 00:08:00

The World Food Program responds to the devastating Earthquake in Haiti, bringing food to those in desperate need.

Rain 'not enough' to end hunger in Kenyaupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 06:03:00

Recent rainfall has brought new vegetation to parts of Kenya that haven't seen rain for years, but aid workers say it's too little, too late to undo the damage caused by years of drought.

Rains, violence leave Somali kids hungryupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 14:30:00

More and more mothers, clutching their rail-thin, malnourished children, are arriving at the packed waiting rooms of the Doctor Without Borders clinics in central Somalia, the aid group said.

Militia warns UN to buy from Somali farmers or cut aidupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 12:56:00

Islamist militants in Somalia have warned a United Nations agency to buy food from Somali farmers or stop sending aid to the impoverished African country.

U.N. chief: Hunger kills 17,000 kids dailyupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 09:46:00

Somewhere in the world, a child dies of hunger every five seconds -- even though the planet has more than enough food for all.

CNNMoney: 1 in 6 Americans goes hungryupdated: Mon Nov 16 2009 15:32:00

The number of Americans that have trouble putting food on the table shot up last year in an unprecedented spike to a record 17 million households, the government reported on Monday.

U.N.: One billion worldwide face starvationupdated: Sun Nov 15 2009 07:04:00

The United Nations launched an online appeal for individual donations to fight hunger as donor nations tackle an economic crisis and, for the first time in history, more than 1 billion face starvation worldwide.

UNICEF: Poor nutrition is killing children, stunting growthupdated: Thu Nov 12 2009 11:08:00

Hunger is stunting hundreds of millions of children in the developing world, and more than 90 percent of them live in Africa and Asia, UNICEF says.

More than 1 billion going hungry, U.N. saysupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 05:38:00

The global economic crisis has caused a spike in world hunger that has left more than a billion undernourished, United Nations agencies said in a new report.

CNNMoney: Hunger hits Detroit's middle classupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 09:06:00

On a side street in an old industrial neighborhood, a delivery man stacks a dolly of goods outside a store. Ten feet away stands another man clad in military fatigues, combat boots and what appears to be a flak jacket. He looks straight out of Baghdad. But this isn't Iraq. It's southeast Detroit, and he's there to guard the groceries.

UN World Food Program issues urgent appeal for aidupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 17:14:00

The United Nations' World Food Program appealed Wednesday for $3 billion in donations, blaming the world economic crisis for a surge in demand and a drop in donations.

Guatemala declares calamity as food crisis growsupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 13:58:00

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom has declared a state of national calamity because so many citizens do not have food or proper nutrition.

U.N. seeks $230M to fight Kenya hungerupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 07:22:00

Kenya needs $230 million over the next six months to feed millions affected by drought, the United Nations said in a new report.

Somali kidnappers free aid workersupdated: Wed Aug 12 2009 04:19:00

Four aid workers and two pilots held captive in Somalia for nine months were released Tuesday.

Myanmar's food crisisupdated: Mon May 04 2009 22:41:00

Paul Risley of the World Food Programme joins CNN to discuss widespread food shortages in Myanmar.

One year after cyclone hit Myanmarupdated: Fri May 01 2009 23:06:00

The World Food Program says Myanmar still needs aid one year after a devastating cyclone tore through the country.

Somali pirates release food aid shipupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 16:15:00

Somali pirates have released a Togo-flagged vessel that was seized last week, the World Food Programme said Monday.

Food bank benefits from Phelps' bong troublesupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 05:59:00

When Kellogg's dumped its endorsement of Michael Phelps after a photograph surfaced of the Olympic gold medalist using a bong, the company was stuck with thousands of boxes of cereal featuring the swimmer's image.

Foreclosures hit homeupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 14:45:00

CNN's Dan Simon reports from Modesto, California, where foreclosures are a huge problem, even for students.

Working professionals head to food bankupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 14:45:00

Every Thursday afternoon, the San Geronimo Valley Community Center opens its doors to the needy. It becomes a food bank to serve the most vulnerable citizens of Marin County, California.

CNNMoney: Stimulus: Can it feed the hungry?updated: Tue Feb 24 2009 14:05:00

For Jesse Taylor, the debate over the federal stimulus plan wasn't about politicians trying to score points or economists parsing the unemployment rate.

U.N. to look at hungerupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 22:48:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was set to address an international meeting on combating hunger in Madrid on Tuesday, the first such event since the global financial crisis hit hard.

As children starve, world struggles for solutionupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 15:16:00

Some mothers choose what their children will eat. Others choose which children will eat and which will die.

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