The U.N. will host a summit on world hunger next week in Rome. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation says that over 1 billion people go hungry every day. The world produces enough food, but high prices for commodities such as wheat and rice and unfair trade practices limit access to food for the poor, Reuters. The FAO has called for a world hunger strike on Saturday to highlight the issue, FAO. Follow on Twitter: @faonews. Sign a petition to stop world hunger, 1 billion hungry.
UNICEF has issued a new report says that poor nutrition kills children around the world, CNN International. Report: Tracking Progress on Child and Maternal Nutrition, UNICEF [pdf].
Overweight children in the United States are at increased risk of developing heart disease, CNN.
In an annual state-of-the-union address, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that he wants to modernize Russia’s economy, Bloomberg. Profile: Dmitry Medvedev, BBC News.
Roxana Saberi, the Iranian/American journalist convicted of “spying,” remains in prison in Iran. Details of her trial or evidence of her alleged crime have not been released. Saberi is appealing the verdict. U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, in an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 30, said that she is very concerned about Saberi who has gone on a hunger strike in protest of the conviction, Fox News.
More information on how you can help at the website Free Roxana Saberi.