Yoshimi Hamanaka, an employee of Japanese toymaker Megahouse, bites a beetle-shaped gummy snack created by the company's "Gummix," a toy kit that makes edible "insects" out of juice and other liquids, at the International Tokyo Toy Show in Tokyo on Thursday. The show will run until July 18. Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
Cincinnati Zoo keeper Ronda Preston bottle feeds an 8-month-old Parma Wallaby in the nursery at the zoo on Thursday in Cincinnati, Ohio. Al Behrman/AP
Host Seth Meyers and comedian Andy Samberg perform a routine at the 2010 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., on Wednesday evening. Samberg dressed up as Paul the Octopus, who lives at Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, and correctly predicted the outcome of eight matches at the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Paramilitary policemen throw stones to reinforce the dyke of Meixi Reservoir after floods triggered by recent torrential rains hit Duchang, China, on Tuesday. Central China is facing its worst flooding since 1998, in which thousands died. China Daily/Reuters
Ships that collided after Typhoon Conson hit Mariveles, Philippines, on Thursday are seen here. Nine ships and more than 20 fishing boats were sunk. At least 26 people were killed and dozens missing after the typhoon hit the Philippine island of Luzon. Erik de Castro/Reuters
Laborers work at a highway tunnel in Taiyuan, China, on Thursday. Reuters
Planks stick out of the mud of a 32-foot-long, 18th-century boat at the World Trade Center site on Thursday in New York City. Mark Lennihan/AP
A man cools off in a waterfall in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, as a heat wave hit the region. Sergei Grits/AP
People take part in a pillow fight during a celebration marking the 600th anniversary of The Battle of Grunwald in Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday. The battle was one of the largest in Medieval Europe. Vladimir Nikolsky/Reuters
South Korean elementary school students shout as they perform an exercise in the mud during a summer military camp for kids at the Cheongryong Self-denial Training Camp on Daebu Island in Ansan, South Korea, on Thursday. One hundred and fifty kids took part in the three-day camp to strengthen themselves physically and mentally. Ahn Young-joon/AP
Manee Sangchan feeds dogs at her home in suburban Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday. Manee has been caring for hundreds of stray dogs and pets in her 400-square-meter home for nearly 40 years. She currently has over 500 dogs and spends about 2,000 baht ($61.80) a day to take care of them. Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
Leading Seamen Barry MacLeod and Ryan Burrell of the Canadian Navy's Fleet Diving Unit take a sonar reading and GPS coordinates of an underwater mine during the multilateral RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) military exercise in Kaneohe Bay in Kaneohe, Hawaii, on Wednesday. RIMPAC is the world's largest naval exercise consisting of 14 nations from around the Pacific Region. Hugh Gentry/Reuters
A protester shouts slogans in front of policemen during a rally in Athens on Thursday. Flights will be halted for four hours and state hospitals will run with skeleton staff as Greek air traffic controllers and doctors walk off the job, joining a public sector strike against labor reforms. John Kolesidis/Reuters
A local resident carries a cabinet from his house destroyed by floods in the town of Xiaohe, Qiaojia County, China, on Wednesday. Workers raced to build waterways to drain overflowing reservoirs in southeastern China and thousands were evacuated following torrential rains that triggered flash floods on Wednesday. Xiaohe was the worst-hit community, where the death toll climbed to 17 following a landslide that swept through town. Qin Qing/Xinhua/AP
Where persistent drought is the new normal, communities will have to adapt – a challenge across eastern Africa. But Madagascar’s success, and the lessons that it learned from its brush with disaster, point to how crises might be averted elsewhere. Part 2 of our series on famine resilience.
Battered by drought and civil wars, more than 20 million people from Yemen to Tanzania are at risk of starvation in what aid workers call the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. But over the past two decades, nations that once produced searing images of famine's toll have moved to thwart it by strengthening community resilience. Our reporters traveled to Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Somaliland to investigate the daunting challenges as well as the long-term efforts that are saving lives.