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Hunger and poverty are being addressed more effectively than any other time in history. Poverty has declined from 37.1 percent of the global population in 1990 to 9.6 percent in 2015, according to Bread for the World’s 2017 Hunger Report. Over the same period, global hunger has declined from 23.3 percent to 12.9 percent. Yet, […] Read More

There are 767 million people worldwide in extreme poverty, defined as a household living on less than $1.90 per day per person. Of these, 385 million are children and youth ages 17 or younger – 122 million (ages 0-4); 118 (ages 5-9); 99 million (ages 10-14); and 46 million (ages 15-17). By comparison, 337 million […] Read More

Food insecurity continues to trend downward from its high point of 14.9 percent of U.S. households in 2011. In 2015, 12.7 percent (15.8 million households) were food insecure, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Of this total, 7.7 percent of households had low food security and 5 percent qualified as having very low […] Read More

The Circle of Protection (CoP) is requesting a meeting with both presumptive 2016 U.S. presidential nominees to discuss their plans for assisting the poor and hungry at home and abroad. The alliance of Christian ministers is sending letters today to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “We pray that, as you seek the office of […] Read More

Lower rainfall totals, poor harvests, soaring food prices and an economic downturn, coupled with ongoing conflict, have created record levels of food insecurity in South Sudan, according to a U.N. World Food Programme report. Nearly half of the nation’s 11.8 million people are food insecure (49 percent), an 11-point increase from 2014. In addition, 12 […] Read More

Eleven presidential candidates sent short videos on their approach to ending poverty and hunger to the Christian organization Circle of Protection. Three candidates failed to submit videos – Donald Trump, Rand Paul and Chris Christie. The Circle of Protection sent a letter from 100 Christian leaders to all 2016 candidates asking for three-minute videos on […] Read More

Another avalanche of media coverage emerged recently about a row between the Church of England and the United Kingdom government. This time it relates to the refugee crisis. The bishops have accused the government of dragging its feet and not responding adequately to their offers to help mobilize the churches. Stephen Cotterill, bishop of Chelmsford, […] Read More

The week of Sept. 21 was the week that the better angels of our nature were visibly – personally, corporately, globally – initiated by different houses in the faith community. Cliff Vaughn,’s media producer, and I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to do video interviews with Christian Reformed Church missionaries to Nigeria, who witnessed […] Read More

Bread for the World released Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, a statement signed by Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders urging a broad commitment, transcending religious and political differences, to end hunger by 2030. Sixty-seven faith leaders signed the statement. Catholic signatories included Bishop Denis Madden (Archdiocese of Baltimore), Sister Simone Campbell (executive director, NETWORK) and Bill […] Read More

Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs for short) may not sound very exciting, but they are set to make a huge impact on how governments, nongovernmental organizations, businesses and BMS World Mission approach the world’s problems. Here are four (mostly) fun facts you need to know to get up to speed with them: 1. They’re a […] Read More