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Global food prices soared by 10 percent in July from a month ago, with maize and soybean reaching all-time peaks due to an unprecedented summer of droughts and high temperatures in both the United States and Eastern Europe, according to the World Bank Group’s latest Food Price Watch report. From June to July, maize and wheat rose by 25 percent each, soybeans by 17 percent, and only rice went down, by 4 percent. Overall, the World Bank’s Food Price Index, which tracks the price of internationally traded food commodities, was 6 percent higher than in July of last year, and 1 percent over the previous peak of February 2011. Droughts have severe economic, poverty and nutritional effects. In Malawi, for instance, it is projected that future severe droughts observed once in 25 years could increase poverty by 17 percent, hitting especially hard rural poor communities. And in India, dismal losses from droughts occurred between 1970 and 2002 to have reduced 60-80 percent of households’ normal yearly incomes in the affected communities. “We cannot allow these historic price hikes to turn into a lifetime of perils as families take their children out of school and eat less nutritious food to compensate for the high prices,”said Kim. “Countries must strengthen their targeted programs to ease the pressure on the most vulnerable population, and implement the right policies.”

Severe Droughts Drive Food Prices Higher, Threatening the Poor August 30, 2012 In 5th paragraph starting “Sharp domestic price increases…” please read in sentence “…including 113 percent in some markets in Mozambique…” instead of “including 113 percent in Mozambique” (adds … Continue reading

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Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists Water scarcity’s effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach 9bn by 2050

  Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists Water scarcity’s effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach 9bn by 2050 Share 87 Email John Vidal, environment editor guardian.co.uk, Sunday … Continue reading

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Yemen’s Food Crisis: 10 Million Starving – As it currently stands there are no two ways about it, Yemen is no longer on the brink of a catastrophic food crisis, but rather is now in the midst of a food catastrophe.But Yemen’s food crisis does not only represent a threat to Yemenis, but much more importantly it represents a threat to various actors in the region and the wider world, ranging from neighbouring oil-rich, but moral-poor Saudi Arabia to the ever-more self-interested United States. This is because Yemenis across the country but particularly in the South have lost faith and trust in their government; beyond this they are no desperate for any support from anyone willing to help them. When the central government is unable to provide for its people, help reduce inflation and meet the most basic of security, extremist organisations such as Ansar al-Sharia are monopolising on the dire economic reality by providing the most basic of needs including food and in turn gain their trust. In mid-2011, the conflict escalated in the southern governorate of Abyan, which led to the displacement of over 100,000 persons to Aden. In addition, over 400,000 internally displaced persons and war-affected individuals in Yemen’s northern region continue to be in dire need of emergency assistance. Today, 22 percent of the population requires external food assistance, nearly double the number in 2009.

With the world’s media attention focused on Yemen’s fight against Al-Qaeda, you would probably be forgiven for not knowing that Yemenis are facing the worst hunger crisis since records began. The term ‘food insecurity’ is increasingly being associated with the … Continue reading

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US-Americans are wasting up to 40 percent of the nation’s food supply to the tune of $165 billion per year. Wasted food is said to account for up to a quarter of all freshwater consumed and 23 percent of emissions of methane gas.

Study: U.S. Wasting Up to 40% of Its Food A new study claims U.S. residents are wasting nearly every other bite of food they consume. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans are wasting up to 40 percent of … Continue reading

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Watch report: Food-prices might explode and might cost many more lives: Mankind has to react: Exceptionally hot, dry weather has been making headlines, notably for the effect on grain crops, causing the prices of these commodities to soar. French television France 2 reported on the United States. The high price of grain can have dramatic results. Swiss television reported on a system that tries to compensate.

Exceptionally hot, dry weather has been making headlines, notably for the effect on grain crops, causing the prices of these commodities to soar. French television France 2 reported on the United States. The high price of grain can have dramatic … Continue reading

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80 percent of farmers in Africa are Women! They look for foodsecurity for the families – Even on the International Women’s Days, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future, it is unfortunate that it is only those women that have a space and platform in academics, science, economics and politics that are celebrated and yet in Africa there is a deserving group of extraordinary women that still have no voice – the African women farmers.

background: 100 Years of International Women’s Day – Women farmers: voiceless pillars of African agriculture By Lindiwe Sibanda | Sat., March 5, 12:56 AM | Comments ( 6 ) A mother and child pose in front of maize harvested in … Continue reading

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The (Olympic) London summit on hunger: What will come out? Cameron: “The figures are truly shocking. One in three child deaths are linked to malnutrition, and 171 million children are so malnourished by the age of two that they can never physically recover.” But what is with the effects of global warming on food, what the use of fields for biofuels? What can sport and stars, joining the hungersummit achieve? The world should observe what comes out of the proclaimed aims!

Mo Farah (back right), lines up with Pele (foreground), Haile Gebrselassie (front right), Brazilian vice-president Michel Temer (back left) and David Cameron for the ‘hunger summit’ photocall. Photograph: Steve Back Must the poor go hungry just so the rich can … Continue reading

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