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School food programs can also serve children’s critical social and emotional needs. (Shutterstock)

Care is the secret ingredient in school lunch programs

School food programs should be key elements of governments' COVID-19 responses. In planning these, the relationships that are part of providing food matter.
Villagers collect World Food Programme aid dropped from a plane Feb. 6 in South Sudan. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Nobel Peace Prize spotlights the links between hunger and conflict

Over 820 million people around the world go to bed hungry at night, and that tide is rising. For working to reverse it, the U.N. World Food Program has received the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
Volunteers prepare meals for food banks on the floor of the Bell Centre in Montréal in May 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canada must eliminate food banks and provide a basic income after COVID-19

Food insecurity is income insecurity. After COVID-19, we must no longer tolerate the inequities of corporate charity and the stigma associated with relying on society's leftovers for those in need.
Sleep is important for many aspects of our health. Stock-Asso/ Shutterstock

Why sleep is so important for losing weight

A lack of sleep increases appetite, makes us more likely to eat unhealthy foods, and even affects how body fat is lost while dieting.
A woman walks past a market stall in Kliptown, Soweto.

South Africa needs better food price controls to shield poor people from COVID-19 fallout

We highlight the distressing rise in the prices of essential food products. We call for the urgent expansion of price controls, as well as an inquiry into the price-setting of major retailers.
Children receive biscuits and other foods from the Groundbreakers community feeding programme in Ocean View, Cape Town. EPA-EFE/Nic Bothma

South Africa faces mass hunger if efforts to offset impact of COVID-19 are eased

South Africans have experienced significant shocks to their livelihoods, and the threat of hunger presents a major concern for health, political and social stability.
Non-profit organisation Nakhlistan and Mustadafin Foundation prepares food for underprivileged communities across the Western Cape. Photo by Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Civil society groups that mobilised around COVID-19 face important choices

Civil society activists responding to the COVID-19 social crisis face important challenges and tensions. They should tackle these choices head-on as they develop longer-term plans.
When people need food aid, like these Nigerians, research finds they are more susceptible to extremist recruitment efforts. Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images

How the coronavirus increases terrorism threats in the developing world

When people are hungry or not sure where their next meal is coming from, they get angry at their governments. This gives terrorist groups opportunities to recruit new members.

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