food security

Just as many children in the U.S. enjoy eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter is a regular nutritious snack for Haitian children and adults. Peanuts represent an important industry in Haiti, where nearly 150,000 farmers produce roughly 70,000 metric tons of peanuts annually. A thriving peanut processing sector employs an estimated 500,000 Haitians,…

Read more When good intentions go bad: U.S. dumping peanuts in Haiti

Peanuts have taken center stage in Haiti, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a surplus of peanuts in the U.S. would be shipped to Haitian school children. It has ignited a lively debate between proponents of food assistance, Haitian development organizations and farmer coalitions, and international organizations with years of experience working…

Read more True cost of “free” peanuts

As the world strives to increase sustainable development and respond to new priorities alongside emerging and changing circumstances, donors and international actors are prompted to be sensitive to fundamental shifts. These holistic shifts include science, technology, policies, institutions, capacity development and investments that are moderated by ethics and inspired by the common good. For example,…

Read more Sustainable food security and holistic partnership

By Charles Kwuelum Every February, the president releases his budget request. The request for 2017 is $4.1 trillion. Budgets reflect our values as a nation, and the U.S. likes to think of itself as the world’s most generous country. But will the budget help to overcome extreme poverty around the world? Unfortunately, this year’s budget…

Read more Seek the common good

In this article, Vanessa Hershberger and Annie Loewen share insights on the existing dynamics in host-IDP households in relation to humanitarian responses in the distribution of food assistance, with eastern Congo as a case study. Households are more commonly places where competing claims, unequal power, diverse interests and access to resources are frequently negotiated and…

Read more Food assistance: Intra-household vulnerability in eastern Congo

World Food Day is October 16th this year!  Our office has several resources that you and your congregation can use to learn more about global hunger and food security. This bulletin insert has links to the work MCC does on food security and information from our office.  It’s short, simple, and easy to distribute to…

Read more World Food Day 2015