Malaria's Effect on HIV Infection Rates

Why is it that 70 percent of the world's HIV-infected people live in sub-Saharan Africa? Could malaria be the culprit? According to recent article in AIDS, a scholarly journal, new research would suggest so. From a synopsis of the research that

Straight Talk on Hunger

David Lambert, principal of Lambert Associates of Washington, D.C., and a consultant to United Nations agencies, universities and the private sector on global food security, food safety and agricultural biotechnology, pulled no punches in a recent

Heifer Mexico Staff Safe Following Landslides

Diana Partida, Heifer International’s Mexico country administrator, has reported to headquarters that all organizational staff as well as Heifer partner staff is safe following devastating landslides early Tuesday in the Mexican state of

No Free Lunch

by WorldLink staff ?Do you think it’s worth paying more for food if it might mean paying less for health care? In this clip from the Nourish Video Encyclopedia, food journalist Michael Pollan discusses the relationship between cheap food and

Lavash: An Armenian Staple

Video by Russell Powell A short video from Armenia of a mother and daughter baking lavash, the ubiquitous flatbread eaten with every meal. The hole in the center is the oven—basically a cylindrical chimney set in the ground. A fire is built

Melinda Gates Wants More Success Stories

Someone recently turned me on to The Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog, and if you’re not reading it, you should be. To wit: A recent post about Bill and Melinda Gates and the optimistic side of development. Seems Melinda Gates has grown

A Savior for Bees

The list of 2010 MacArthur Award winners is out, and it includes Marla Spivak, an entomologist who first fell in love with bees as a teen. She plans to use the $500,000 prize to help protect her beloved bees from pesticides, parasites and disease.

Online Spat Over UN Poverty Stats

When the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization released new world hunger estimates earlier this month, which showed a drop in the number of malnourished, at least one person took issue with the stats. William Easterly, NYU economics

Reminder of danger in Haiti

A freak storm hit Port-au-Prince Friday, killing three adults and two children and injuring others as trees, billboards and tent homes collapsed in winds well under tropical-storm strength. It's a frightening reminder that there are several weeks

Kristof's Advice to the Humanitarian World

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote an op-ed article this week, on the heels of the United Nations meeting to discuss global poverty. It's been 10 years since the U.N. adopted the Millennium Development Goals, and we're not doing so