Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"Love or Perish"





Dr. E. Franklin Frazier, in an interesting essay entitled “The Pathology of Race Prejudice,” included several examples of white persons who were normal, amiable, and congenial in their day-to-day relationships with other white persons but when they were challenged to think of Negroes as equals or even to discuss the question of racial injustice, they reacted with unbelievable irrationality and an abnormal unbalance. This happens when hate lingers in our minds. Psychiatrists report that many of the strange things that happen in the subconscious, many of our inner conflicts, are rooted in hate. They say, love or perish. Modern psychology recognizes that Jesus taught centuries ago: Hate divides the personality and love in an amazing and inexorable way unites it.

--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Face Fears Honestly




Imagine His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the late Martin Luther King, Jr conversing about fear and fear's impact upon society. 

The Dalai Lama begins:

Today more than ever, humankind appears to be exposed to a world full of dangers. No generation before us is had to deal with so much bad news. At some point every empathetic human being will ask what kind of world is this in which so much suffering occurs? And people become afraid of such a world.

"Path of Wisdom, Path of Peace"

Martin Luther King, Jr. adds his thoughts:

The soft minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him the greatest pain is a pain of a new idea. An elderly segregationist in the South is reported to have said,"I have come to see now that desegregation is an inevitable. But I pray to God that it will not take place until after I die.” The soft minded person always wants to freeze the moment and hold life in the gripping yoke of sameness.


"The Strength to Love"

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Respond to the "Needs of the Underprivileged"


When we through compassionless detachment and arrogant individualism, fail to respond to the needs of the under privileged, the Master says, "Inasmuch as we have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

--Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Strength to Love"

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Basic Cause of Race Prejudice


"The prevalent tendency toward softmindednes is found in man's unbelievable gullibility...Softminded individuals are prone to embrace all kinds of superstitions. Their minds are constantly invaded by irrational fears,which range from fear of Friday the thirteenth to fear of a black cat crossing one's path...Softmindedness is one of the basic causes of race prejudice.  The tough-minded person always examines the facts before he reaches conclusion; in short, he postjudges...The shape of the world today does not permit the luxury of softmindedness.  A nation or a civilization that continues to produce soft minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan."


---Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cultivating a Tough Mind, Tender Heart


Jesus recognized the need for blending opposites.  He knew that his disciples would face a difficult and hostile world, where they would confront the recalcitrance of political officials and the intransigence of the protectors of the old order.  He knew that they would meet cold and arrogant men whose hearts had been hardened by the long winter of traditionalism.  So he said to them, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.”  And he gave them a formula for action, “Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” It is pretty difficult to imagine a single person having, simultaneously, the characteristics of the serpent and the dove…We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.”

---Martin Luther King, Jr

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Addressing Institutional Racism

Editor's Note:  For the next twelve days The Daily Prism will feature organizations and thoughts that promote anti-racism, non-violence, and address fear and change.



Solid Ground is committed to addressing institutional racism in our organization and in our community. This work is integral to our mission and we deeply examine the ways institutional racism impacts our organization and our clients.

Over half of the people we serve are people of color. Many of the barriers they face are a direct result of institutional racism: housing discrimination, benefits denied to immigrants, predatory lending, etc.

We challenge racism internally first by naming it and talking about it with our staff. We educate ourselves about what institutional racism is and how we can work to undo it. We strive to increase the representation of people of color on our staff and Board. We critically evaluate the cultural competency of our services and assess the impact of our efforts to improve them.

We also work to educate the broader community through Anti-Racism Events and by promoting anti-racism work with other area nonprofit organizations.

--From the Solid Ground website


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Raising Funds for Distressed Jews in Ukraine

Photo from MiniFest "Jewish Odessa"
Editor's Note: This post came to the attention of The Daily Prism from the author of The Spoon from Minkowitz, Judith Fein.


Excerpted from:  MiniFest "Jewish Odessa"

The Impact

Jewish community in Ukraine is in great distress now. Through our work in JCC we can see how important it is for people to communicate and distract themselves from the war and keep their sanity. Especially now, disadvantaged categories of population needs psychological and friendly support.
This post came to our attention by the author of The Spoon from Minkowitz, Judith Fein


Our campaign meets crucial needs of Jewish community, so we are sure people will be happy to participate in it. Raising up emotional and psychological state of mind of members of our community will have a great impact on their further well-being. Through our campaign’s master classes, families will get professional psychological help; kids will get their own classes and will spend a great day on a playground. Yard Sale during our campaign will allow people to get new things they needed, but could not afford. As participation in the project is free, families would be even more compelled to participate in it, knowing the difficult economical situation in the country.

What the money is for

We want to help people even more now that Ukraine is facing such political and economical troubles. But financial situation in the country and low budget doesn’t let us do extra projects. So we’ve started our campaign for others to help us. Together we can make a better difference in the world!

The money will go only for materials, payment to psychologists and leaders of master-classes, lunch and refreshments. We do not ask anything aside of these.

Here's how my budget breaks down:

• 8 different master-classes for 4 hours - 320$
• Materials that are needed for master-classes - 200$
• 9 hours of psychological trainings - 270$
• Lunch for all the participants and refreshments through the day - 3000$ (details below)
• Contingencies - 210$

Lunch and refreshments are for 40 families (one family is usually 3-4 people and leader of master-classes&trainings). Odessa Kosher restaurants are quite expensive so the sum we need is totally reasonable

Monday, March 23, 2015

Overcoming All Odds to Help Each Other

C. Coimbra photo
It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then you hear a story about people overcoming all odds to help others and it completely changes your perspective of the world. The story of Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi is certainly one of these.

Haixia and Wenqi are two 53-year-old men from China who have faced incredible challenges in their lives. Haixia was born with congenital cataracts that caused him to be blind in one eye. He then lost sight in his one good eye after a work accident in 2000. Wenqi tragically lost both of his arms in an accident when he was only three years old and has been living as a double amputee ever since.

Despite their physical setbacks, Haixia and Wenqi have remained utterly determined to live life to the fullest. These two best friends help one another navigate the world and when they’re together there is nothing that they cannot do.

Adding to their amazing story of friendship is the fact that the pair have managed to plant over 10,000 trees over the course of the past 10 years.

A number of generous people have volunteered to help Haixia and Wenqi after hearing their story; one kind benefactor has offered to pay for a surgery that could help restore Haixia’s sight, and another has donated money towards their pensions to ensure they always have a good roof over their heads and enough food to eat.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Be Happy Today

On March 20, the world marks the International Day of Happiness, established by the United Nations to celebrate and promote “the happiness and well-being of all peoples.”


Last year, the United Nations Foundation partnered with Grammy-Award winning artist Pharrell Williams, to promote the International Day of Happiness and raise awareness and funds for the UN’s humanitarian work. People joined in from more than 70 countries, and the hashtag #HappyDay reached more than 330 million people.

International Day of Happiness 2015
This year, in honor of the United Nations International Day of Happiness, the UN Foundation and Pharrell Williams will host an event at the UN headquarters with local middle school students to spread happiness and drive action to fight climate change. Speakers at the event include Pharrell Williams, Philippe Cousteau, Sylvia Earle --two leading experts on climate action; and UN leaders.


On March 20 throughout the day the UN Foundation and Pharrell Williams will spread happiness across the internet through full day of digital programming including but not limited to Twitter chats, Google+ hangouts, and social media activations.



Digital Activation: The World’s Largest Happy Party

With support from Google, the UN Foundation and Pharrell Williams will host
the world’s largest online “Happy Party.” On the International Day of Happiness, everyone can log onto globalhappyparty.com and upload their own photos that will be transformed into an animated gif to the tune of the Grammy-Award winning song, “Happy.”



Happy Planet, Happy People

The UN Foundation and Pharrell Williams will drive supporters to sign the Live Earth Petition, rallying 1 billion people to demand world leaders to commit to tackling climate change at the climate summit in December, when leaders from every country will meet in Paris to make climate action a global priority.

To protect people, we need to protect our planet. Climate change is a threat to many of life’s basic needs: water, food, shelter, and safety. It multiplies these threats, and exacerbates economic, social and environmental crises.



Follow the International Day of Happiness conversation:
#HappyDay | #HappyPlanet www.globalhappyparty.com

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The "Guardian of Fukushima's Animals"

Naoto Matsumura feeding a calf. Photo from Bored Panda.
The untold human suffering and property damage left in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan has been well-documented, but there’s another population that suffered greatly that few have discussed – the animals left behind in the radioactive exclusion zone. One man, however, hasn’t forgotten – 55-year-old Naoto Matsumura, a former construction worker who lives in the zone to care for its four-legged survivors.

He is known as the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’ because of the work he does to feed the animals left behind by people in their rush to evacuate the government’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone. He is aware of the radiation he is subject to on a daily basis, but says that he “refuses to worry about it.” He does take steps, however, by only eating food imported into the zone.

--From Bored Panda

Collective Liberation Connection

Shannen Maas and Amy Love are a part of a collective of four women in Long Beach, California who were inspired to make a difference after they saw the need for a platform to address human rights and animal rights.

The group strives for liberation of all species,  human and non-human, and they want to give their community the opportunity to learn about the parallels between human and animal oppression in addition to learning new ways to be active within these movements. The Collective Liberation Conference was created for this purpose and will be action oriented and solution based.

Shannen explains, “We want conference attendees to walk away feeling empowered to get active and save lives.”

The Collective Liberation Conference will take place at California State University of Long Beach. The mission of the conference is to inform participants about the intersections of many forms of oppression and encourage activism and advocacy in order to dismantle these systems of oppression. In order to ensure that this event is accessible to anyone who wants or needs the information, the conference will be free for participants.

To learn more about the Collective Liberation Conference, visit their Facebook page.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sea Lion Crisis in California Brings Generous Donations

Marine Mammal Center Photo
A huge shout-out and very large thank you goes out to both Whole Foods Market San Rafael and Whole Foods Market Mill Valley. They recently donated food and snacks to the Center to help keep our volunteers and staff going during their near round-the-clock work to help our huge number of patients. 

That was very generous and also very much appreciated.

In addition, the San Rafael Whole Foods Market raised $4,747.15 for the Marine Mammal Center through their Dimes for Donation campaign! That is the largest total they’ve ever raised through this program. That generous donation will help a lot of hungry sea lion pups!

--From the Marine Mammal Center

A Friendship Bench

The Mission of Tiny Girl, Big Dream comes from the life of a tiny girl...A girl without complete arms who, despite her differences, or perhaps because of them, intuitively knows what it feels like to be left out, not to be part of the “normal” group. Every child, indeed, every person, understands that feeling, having felt it many, many times in their lives. But few have the big dream Acacia has.


One tiny girl has the courage of many and a big dream of making a difference for children by speaking out and providing others with a means of expressing themselves without words- The Friendship Bench.


Acacia’s dream is to place friendship kits into every school across the United States and spread friendship around the country and around the world. She believes that if we can begin to put the spotlight on all of the goodness, random acts of kindness, and yes, friendship, then we will begin to see a brighter more vibrant world. A world where kindness, compassion, and humanity are recognized, appreciated and rewarded. A world where acts of violence are replaced by acts of kindness.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hug a Muslim

There’s no disputing that Torontonians are friendlier than New Yorkers, but can one of the world’s “toughest” cities handle a hug? Recently, New York actor Karim Metwaly re-created a popular Canadian social experiment meant to promote tolerance and understanding of Islam, asking only that you give him a squeeze. In the experiment, originally staged in January by activist Asoomii Jay in Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square, a young Muslim is blindfolded, holding up a sign that reads "I'm Muslim and I Trust You. Do You Trust me Enough for a Hug?"

Jay created the original experiment, called the Blind Trust Project, in response to rising Islamophobia, hate crimes, and bullying. In the video, she stood between two signs reading, "I am a Muslim, I am Labeled as a Terrorist", and "I trust you, do you trust me? Give me a hug." Jay recently told the CBC she has been inspired by the popularity of the project, which currently has 1.8 million views on YouTube: "To see so many positive reactions, it's touching and inspiring.”


--From Good.Is


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Graphic Artists Raise "Waste" Awareness

It all started for Gus Morainslie with a graphic design project on global warming. The more he drew, read, and researched, the more he realized that climate change was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what needs to change in our world.

Born in México City, Gus drew on his roots, his passion for graphic design, and his mentors’ wisdom to create a ground-breaking project: Segunda Llamada. This world-renowned international design competition has drawn thousands of submissions from over 40 countries, on some of our favorite topics ranging from consumerism to plastic waste.

Why use graphic design to get the word out? Gus shared, “Designers, photographers, graphic artists of all sorts around the world are responsible for creating most of the images that persuade people to desire and buy Stuff! We can —and must— use those skills to raise awareness, and to inspire a change of habits for the greater good of our communities, states, countries, planet!”

We asked Gus: “If you could present one image to one world leader, what image would it be? He said: “I chose an ecology poster by the amazing designer Luba Lukova: I would show it to every major world leader, every politician and decision maker; actually, every person in the world! Everybody has to understand that all our actions and habits have a huge impact on the planet. Our choices affect not only ourselves, but future generations.“

Talking to Gus reminded us that when we’re building a better world – we need every kind of changemaker. Not just resisters – but also networkers, investigators, and definitely artists!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Women Protect Rhinos from Poaching

The battle against the poaching that kills a rhino every seven hours in South Africa has acquired a new weapon: women.

The Black Mambas are all young women from local communities, and they patrol inside the Greater Kruger national park unarmed. Billed as the first all-female unit of its kind in the world, they are not just challenging poachers, but the status quo.

The Mambas are the brainchild of Craig Spencer, ecologist and head warden of Balule nature reserve, a private reserve within Kruger that borders hundreds of thousands of impoverished people.

The private reserve’s scientists and managers have had to become warriors, employing teams of game guards to protect not only the precious rhinos but lions, giraffes, and many other species targeted by poaching syndicates. The Mambas are their eyes and ears on the ground.

...The numbers suggest the approach works. In the last 10 months the reserve has not lost a rhino, while a neighbouring reserve lost 23. Snare poaching has dropped 90%.

--From The Guardian


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Reaching Out to Abused Women in Bahrain

Women’s Crisis Care International (WCCI) was founded by Mary-Justine Todd in an attempt to bring violence crisis response programming to a part of the world where these services are non existent.  Although violence against women is a global problem, the World Health Organization estimates that in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 37% of women experience intimate partner violence at some point in their lives, making this region among the most dangerous for women in the world.

For almost 10 years Mary-Justine has worked throughout the world as an advocate and champion for women’s rights and women’s health. Founded in 2013, WCCI operates primarily throughout the Arabian Gulf as one of the first traditional rape crisis centers in the entire Gulf region and much of the Arab world. They address violence against women in the Arabian Gulf and are implementing an effective response program for domestic and sexual violence (DSV) in Bahrain.

Since their first Pollination Project grant was awarded, WCCI has been able to increase awareness campaigns through print and online media. This has Mary-Justine Todd, Women's Crisis Care International(WCCI)allowed them to reach more women in the region letting them know that there is support available to them in a part of the world where women are often left to fend for themselves.

The impact grant will be use on the development and implementation of the region’s first ever violence crisis response program, specifically for the recruitment and training of new crisis advocates.

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Intentional Community Expands

Cohousing is a type of intentional, collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods. Cohousing provides the privacy we are accustomed to within the community we seek.

Cohousing residents consciously commit to living as a community. The neighborhood’s physical design encourages both individual space and social contact. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, a playground, and a common house.

The cohousing idea originated in Denmark, and was promoted in the U.S. by architects Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett in the early 1980s. The Danish concept of “living community” has spread quickly. There are now hundreds of cohousing communities worldwide, expanding from Denmark into the U.S., Canada, Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, and elsewhere.

In a cohousing community, you know who lives six houses down because you eat common meals together, decide how to allocate homeowners dues together, and gratefully accept a ride from them when your car is in the shop. You trust them enough to leave your 4-year-old with them. You listen to what they have to say, even if you don’t agree with them, and you sense that you, too, are heard. Cohousing strives to create a village of all ages where neighbors know and support each other.

Cohousing residents generally aspire to “improve the world, one neighborhood at a time.” Cohousing communities are places where people work together to enrich their lives and improve their surroundings.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A Circle of Good Deeds

The last thing I heard on the news before I turned off the lights yesterday evening, was this story and I knew it would lead today's Daily Prism:


SAN PEDRO (CBSLA.com) — A good Samaritan who’s homeless and went above and beyond to get an abandoned dog to an animal shelter is being showered with help from viewers who saw the report from CBS2/KCAL9.

Lisa Snyder walked 1-year-old Joey, a pointer mix, to the nearest shelter after finding him wandering about Point Fermin Park in San Pedro, where temperatures dipped into the 40s overnight Monday.

... Joey had been tied to a lightpost with a note around his neck that asked someone to take him home.

Snyder, an animal lover, is without a home, and her story captured the hearts of viewers and residents in San Pedro.

“I think it is because the world is ready for good news. We’re hungry for it,” she said. “It blows my mind. It warms my heart. Yeah, I run out of words.”

Since airing, a fundraising page was set-up to raise money for Snyder, whose van is in need of repairs.

“Just so you know, that’s more money than I ever made within a single month in my entire life,” said Snyder, who was presented with a check for $1,711.18.

When she went to Butch’s Auto Repair to drop her van off for repairs, she was told the business would offer its services for free.

“I’m in a position where I can help someone out that’s less fortunate, and I just decided to go ahead and do that,” Rami Packer of Butch’s Auto Repair said.

While Lazar was at the auto shop, another customer brought Snyder cat food for the three rescue cats she looks after.

Another viewer who saw the story on the news gave Snyder $100 while she stood in the parking lot.
“I babysit for the children next door. They just paid me this morning, so it’s serendipitous that I can give part of my payment to her,” the viewer said.

Until Snyder’s van is fixed, a local hotel has offered to put her up so she can shower and have a bed to sleep in.

“It’s awesome. People are awesome,” she said.

Meanwhile, no one has come forward to claim Joey, so far. He will go up for adoption March 13 at the end of a 10-day hold.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Committed to Sea Turtle Protection

WEYENBERGH JACKY Photo

In 1998, Marc and Rachel Ward, U.S. visitors to Punta Pargos, Costa Rica, became aware of massive poaching of sea turtle eggs.

Subsequent investigations indicated that about 99% of the eggs laid on beaches near Punta Pargos were typically poached, and the sea turtle population had declined dramatically in the last 30 years. Although sea turtles and their eggs are legally protected in Costa Rica, a poor economy and coastal population growth has led to continuation and expansion of poaching and black market trade (i.e., eggs are sold as aphrodisiacs - based on a cultural myth).

In 2000, the Wards started protecting a few nests on their own. In subsequent years, they organized Sea Turtles Forever (STF), a small non-profit organization, and obtained permits from the Costa Rican government.

Today, STF pays former poachers to save eggs. From this work, they make more than they would by poaching. Also, STF's "Turtle Man" educates local school children about the importance of sea turtles. Both of these activities help turn the local lifestyle and economy towards sea turtle conservation. The success of this program will help STF expand this model to other areas of Costa Rica where poaching is rampant and there is no law enforcement.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Paralyzed Woman Uses Thoughts to Control Flight Simulator

Excerpts from A Washington Post report:

According to DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar, a paralyzed woman was successfully able use her thoughts to control an F-35 and a single-engine Cessna in a flight simulator.

It's just the latest advance for one woman, 55-year-old Jan Scheuermann, who has been the subject of two years of groundbreaking neurosignaling research.

First, Scheuermann began by controlling a robotic arm and accomplishing tasks such as feeding herself a bar of chocolate and giving high fives and thumbs ups.

Then, researchers learned that -- surprisingly -- Scheuermann was able to control both right-hand and left-hand prosthetic arms with just the left motor cortex, which is typically responsible for controlling the right-hand side.

Unlike pilots who use the simulator technology for training, Scheuermann wasn't thinking about controlling the plane with a joystick. She thought about flying the plane itself -- and it worked.

In the last two years, she has tolerated those probes better than expected; as a result, she's been the subject of increasingly sophisticated experiments in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and DARPA's Revolutionizing Prosthetics program, to determine just how much she can do simply by thinking about it.

It turns out, the answer is a lot -- which could potentially lead to life-changing technologies for people who suffer from quadriplegia.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Racial Diversity Mission Among Enviro Leaders



Green 2.0 is an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diversity across mainstream environmental NGOs, foundations and government agencies. The Green 2.0 working group advocates for data transparency, accountability and increased resources to ensure that these organizations increase their diversity.


The most influential environmental NGOs and their funders will commit to and implement measures to scale up diversity, especially at the senior executive and board levels.

Green 2.0 leaders are motivated by:


  • A desire for a more diverse, environmental movement with less discrimination on its merits. 
  • A movement that integrates equity into the work


The belief that these changes will better position organizations to win environmental battles and produce fairer environmental outcomes for those most impacted (people of color).

This effort is the result of a year of painstaking effort and is here to stay. Green 2.0 will push for increased accountability and work to ensure more diverse candidates are considered and represented at the highest in the mainstream environmental movement.

Green 2.0 will be a sustained drumbeat to move the environmental movement toward increased opportunities for people of color and a climate where talented people of color can thrive.

The report, “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations & Government Agencies,”  is the most comprehensive report on diversity in the environmental movement. It surveyed 191 environmental non-profits, 74 government environmental agencies, and 28 leading environmental grant making foundations to investigate their gender and racial diversity composition, the majority of which state diversification as a “value.” The study included confidential interviews of 21 environmental leaders from diverse backgrounds and experience.

--From the Green 2.0 website

Monday, March 2, 2015

Taking Hunger Away From the World

"The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. Our vision is a world where every woman, man and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity.
"Our mission is to end hunger and poverty with sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.


"Founded in 1977, The Hunger Project is a global, nonprofit organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. We were created as a strategic organization, reinventing ourselves time and again to meet each challenge and opportunity along the path of ending hunger."

More from the website:


1. Contrary to popular belief, world hunger has, on the whole, improved. Since 1990-92, the number of hungry people in the world has declined by 209 million people, despite an increase in world population of two billion.

2. Many countries have greatly reduced or eliminated hunger in just 25 years. Vietnam reduced hunger from 45% in 1990-1992 to 13% in 2012-14. China reduced child stunting–having inadequate height for one’s age—from 32% in 1990 to 8% in 2010. Brazil virtually eliminated hunger (between 2000-02 and 2004-06 the undernourishment rate fell by half from 10.7% to below 5%) and reduced child stunting from 19% in 1989 to 7% in 2007. Thailand reduced hunger from 36% in 1990 to about 7% in 2012-14.

3. The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of cutting hunger in half is within reach. The MDG 1c hunger target of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is within reach. If the current trend of a reduction of 0.5 percent per year since 1990–92 continues, the prevalence of undernourishment in developing regions would reach 12.8 percent in 2015 – 1.1 percentage points above the MDG target of 11.7 percent.

4. Child nutrition and health—key to ending hunger—are improving. There has been a 40% decrease in child stunting in the past 25 years.

5. Research institutions have determined ending extreme poverty is possible by 2030. And because poverty and hunger are inextricably linked, this has a direct impact on ending hunger.  According to World Bank scenarios, if we assume a per capita growth of 4 percent in each developing country (which has been the average growth rate of developing countries as a whole from 2000 to 2010) as well as unchanged income distribution (equivalent to the average for developing countries as a whole from 2000 to 2010), it is possible to bring global poverty to 3% of the world’s population – what is viewed as a statistical end to poverty – by 2030.

6. The global community is committed. More than ever, investing in nutrition and the end of hunger is seen as a key development priority. The Group of 8 (G8) of the world’s wealthiest countries has put nutrition high on its development agenda. The United Nations Secretary-General launched a Zero Hunger Challenge. Heads of state in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean have set goals to end hunger in their regions by 2025. And the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be launched in September2015, expect to include goals to put an end hunger and poverty.