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    Global: Corporate Land-grabs threaten food security

    2010-09-17, Issue 496

    Proponents of the local food movement like to talk about keeping “food miles” to a minimum. Buying a New Zealand apple in New England is a big no-no. Imagine if instead of stores buying fruit from the South Pacific, the government was buying land in ...

    Guinea-Bissau: Food prices rise

    2010-09-10, Issue 495

    The prices of foodstuffs have risen in Guinea-Bissau since mid-August, the chairman of the Association of Consumers of Goods and Services (ACOBES), Bambo Sanha, has said. The price of a bag of 50 kg of rice, the basic food in the country, increased f...

    Global: 15 experts for FAO food security panel

    2010-09-10, Issue 495

    Ethiopia's Director General of the Environmental Protection Authority, Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, is among the 15 world-class experts named to serve in the Food and Agric Organisation (FAO) food security committee. Egziabher and the other expert...

    Global: Food security at risk

    2010-09-10, Issue 495

    The recent Mozambican food and fuel riots raise the spectre, in general, about food insecurity and social unrest in the future. We certainly have the capability to feed all of the world’s population, but the political economy of agriculture, food pro...

    Global: New EU banking watchdogs could prevent future food riots

    2010-09-10, Issue 495

    The World Development Movement (WDM) has said proposals to establish three new European banking regulators could help prevent food crises, as wheat price rises fuelled by financial speculation trigger bread riots in Mozambique. WDM has been pushing f...

    Global: FAO cuts wheat production forecast

    2010-08-06, Issue 493

    The impact of unfavourable weather on crops in recent weeks has led the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to cut its global wheat production forecast for 2010 to 651 million tonnes, from 676 million tonnes reported in June. However, despite pro...

    Global: Help stop Terminator’s return!

    La Via Campesina call to action

    2010-07-30, Issue 492

    Four years after the moratorium on Terminator technology was reaffirmed by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), proposals to develop and commercialize ‘genetic-use restriction technologies’ (GURTs) are back on the agenda for p...

    West Africa: Niger on the brink of collapse

    2010-07-23, Issue 491

    In Niger 90% of the population depend on Agriculture. But with last year’s rain failure, the country is facing a catastrophic food crisis. Concern Worldwide, an international aid agency, is tackling the crisis by providing drought resistant seeds, di...

    West Africa: The Sahel's nutrition revolution

    2010-07-23, Issue 491

    Food shortages and high rates of malnutrition have long been a reality in the Sahel, but the understanding of malnutrition has drastically changed since the prolonged drought in the early 1970s. "Food and nutrition used to be seen as one, so the res...

    Niger: UN rural development arm helping respond to food crisis

    2010-07-16, Issue 490

    The United Nations rural development arm is helping to improve agricultural programmes in West Africa’s Sahel region, especially in Niger, which is currently in the throes of a growing food crisis. Recurrent food shortages have impacted the Sahel, a ...

    Global: Monsanto, Big Brother of the New World Agricultural Order

    2010-07-08, Issue 489

    Award-winning French journalist and filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin is the author of "The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption and the Control of Our Food Supply" (The New Press) and the creator of the film by the same name. In a review o...

    Global: Food Sovereignty Coalition launches mobilization campaign

    2010-07-08, Issue 489

    Taking advantage of the G8 and G20 Summits in Toronto, the Food Sovereignty Coalition is warning the leaders of these countries about the global food disorder and is calling upon them to learn a lesson from it. Consequently, the Coalition is launchin...

    Global: Tackling the Global Food Crisis: A Mission Unaccomplished

    New Report

    2010-07-08, Issue 489

    A new report, The High Food Price Challenge: A Review of Responses to Combat Hunger, by the UK Hunger Alliance and the Oakland Institute, reveals that a major initiative, launched by the Group of 8 (G8), in July 2009 has failed to address the global ...

    West Africa: Aid agencies call for surge in aid

    2010-07-09, Issue 489

    Ten leading aid agencies have called for a 'surge' in the humanitarian effort to help 10 million people at risk of acute hunger across the Sahel region of West and Central Africa. The centre of the crisis is Niger, where seven million people, almost ...

    Niger: Food crisis could cost a generation - WFP

    2010-07-04, Issue 488

    The food crisis in Niger is deteriorating faster than expected and could cost the lives of a generation, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) said. Josette Sheeran, executive director of the organisation, said the brains and bodies of children ...

    Mali: Rising food prices escalate undernutrition amongst children

    2010-06-25, Issue 487

    In the far south of Mali, one of the country’s main agricultural areas, the Sikasso region, is rich in fertile soil. But despite the region’s capacity to feed its people, the children of Sikasso are suffering from alarmingly high rates of undernutrit...

    Global: FIAN publishes annual report

    2010-06-18, Issue 486

    FIAN’s Annual Report highlights both the far reaching and localized advances in the field of economic, social and cultural rights that FIAN, and its Sections and Co-ordinations, have helped make possible. This year’s report gives an overview of the m...

    West Africa: Sahel: Surviving the lean season

    2010-06-18, Issue 486

    In Africa’s Sahel region, even in years of adequate rainfall food insecurity is usually high. Now, as the region enters the precarious “lean season” (the period between harvests that lasts from May to August), the problem is expected to get worse. In...

    Africa: Over 50 million benefit from EU Food Facility

    2010-06-18, Issue 486

    Over 50 million people in Africa and elsewhere in target countries benefited from loans of the Food Facility, a special instrument with a budget of 1 billion euros, established a year ago by the European Union (EU) to face the food crisis in developi...

    Global: FAO report warns on rising food prices in next decade

    2010-06-18, Issue 486

    A new report by UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said that global prices of food could climb by as much as 40 per cent in the coming decade. FAO said that the rise would be caused by the growth in global population, which would increase the...

    Africa: World wakes to African hunger - late again?

    2010-06-18, Issue 486

    In a slow-motion disaster predicted months ago by aid agencies, Africa's Sahel region is lurching towards a food crisis which the world has only weeks left to avert. Yet even if more aid is pledged right now, the obstacles in getting succour to the m...

    Global: UN committee says food sources need diversity

    2010-06-11, Issue 485

    UN Standing Committee on Nutrition has called for more diverse food sources to curb the impact of climate change on agriculture. The committee made the call in its latest publication. It reported that climate change trends will also affect food and n...

    Global: FAO report says global food prices fall

    2010-06-04, Issue 484

    A report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday that international prices of key food staples dropped in the first five months of this year. The report stated that the development was driven largely by plummeting prices of cerea...

    Nigeria: Fallout from Niger food crisis

    2010-06-04, Issue 484

    Stocks of millet and sorghum in northern Nigeria's markets are dwindling as traders buy them up to export across the border to Niger, where some 10 million people face food insecurity. Grain merchants from Niger head to Dawanau market in Kano - West ...

    Global: The global struggle over who will end hunger

    2010-05-28, Issue 483

    Dublin was unusually sunny and warm last week when the High Level Task Force on the global food security crisis held a consultation at the Malahide resort just north of the city. Dr. David Nabarro, coordinator of the High Level Task Force was looking...

    Kenya: GMOs, food security and misplaced aid

    2010-05-28, Issue 483

    Organic foods aren’t only the preference of countries in the so-called developed North. Forty thousand tons of genetically engineered maize was recently rejected in Kenya. Protesters are making sure it remains stuck in the port city of Mombassa. Jos ...

    Africa: Needs growing for millions facing hunger in Sahel region

    2010-05-28, Issue 483

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned of growing needs in the Eastern Sahel region of West Africa, one of the most destitute regions in the world, where some 10 million people are facing extreme hunger due to drought and poor har...

    Lesotho: Food facility brings increase in food production

    2010-05-21, Issue 482

    The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Or ganization (FAO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) are offering assistance to about 36,000 farmers in Lesotho, more than half of its vulnerable farmers....

    West Africa: Niger raises severe hunger forecast, seeks more aid

    2010-05-21, Issue 482

    Niger's government needs another 45 billion CFA francs ($85.24 million) in food aid after a new survey found 500,000 more people than previously thought will face severe food shortages this year, the government said. The new survey, carried out in Ap...

    Africa: African food security needs urgent, undivided attention

    2010-05-14, Issue 481

    FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf has called for urgent attention to be directed at Africa’s present food security situation. “In sub-Saharan Africa, since 2009, over 265 million people are malnourished and 30 percent of the population suffers from ...

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