Rising oil prices and the recent drawdown in global cereal stocks could lead to a supply crisis and raise the risk of food riots in developing countries similar to those that occurred between 2007 and 2008, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director General Jacques Diouf said in an interview with Reuters on Monday.
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The U.S. continues to evaluate whether to resume food aid to North Korea amid reports of food shortages in the country, Agence France-Presse reports.
WFP Announces Plan To Boost Food Aid, U.N. Calls For International Aid Amid Escalating Crisis In Cote d’Ivoire
Amid growing concerns over the increasing number of people fleeing from escalating violence in Cote dâ€™Ivoire, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) on Friday announced plans to boost food aid to tens of thousands of displaced people and the families hosting them in other countries, AlertNet reports (Fominyen, 3/12).
Three-quarters of Libya was still unable to access humanitarian aid last week, Catherine Bragg, the U.N.’s deputy emergency relief coordinator, said on Thursday, the Canadian Press reports.
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Several Republican Members Of Congress Urge Obama Administration To Deny North Korean Food Aid Request
Several Republican lawmakers said Thursday that the Obama administration should “deny North Korea’s request for food aid” because of concerns that it would support Kim Jong-Il’s regime, Agence France-Presse reports (Tandon, 3/10).
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Cutting Foreign Aid Will Harm U.S. Influence, Strength In World The U.S.’ “influence and strength depend far more on convincing and enabling the peoples of the world to look to us as a partner for prosperity and security,” Truman National Security Project Fellow Michael Lieberman writes in a Huffington Post…
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U.S. Commits $12.6M In Emergency Aid To Cote dâ€™Ivoire President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. will “provide $12.6 million in emergency funds to help people displaced as a result of â€¦ political unrest and violence” in Cote dâ€™Ivoire, CNN.com reports (3/10). According to RTTNews, “[m]ore than 75,000 refugees…
If developing nations shift to using ecological agriculture methods they “can double food production within a decade,” according to a study by Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, released on Tuesday, Reuters reports (Doyle, 3/8).
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Human Rights Abuses Impacting Health Situation In Parts Of Myanmar, Study Says “Human rights abuses and counter-insurgency campaigns in Chin State, western Myanmar,” are negatively affecting the health situation of area residents, according to a recent PLoS Medicine study, IRIN reports.Â “The indirect health outcomes of the abuses likely dwarf the…