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Water Shortages Most Extreme In Middle East, African Regions, Report Says

“Water shortages are worst in Africa and the Middle East, and the hardest hit are nations in the Gulf, including Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, according to a study released Wednesday by risk analysis firm Maplecroft,” the Associated Press reports in an article examining the firm’s “Water Stress Index.”

VOA News, MSNBC Look At Food Security

VOA News looks at the relationship between food security and trade barriers. “The Global Harvest Initiative says improving food and agricultural trade flows in the coming decades will help counter the effects of changing weather patterns, population shifts and limited natural resources,” VOA News writes.

U.S. Envoy To Visit North Korea To Assess Food Shortages

Robert King, the U.S. special envoy on North Korea’s human rights issues, will lead an official visit to North Korea next week to assess food shortages in the country, according to a report from Yonhap news agency, Agence France-Presse reports.

GAO Report Looks At U.S. Aid For Food Emergencies, iWatch Reports

According to a GAO report (.pdf) issued last week, “the USAID program designed for food emergencies now spends more than half of its funding to cover multi-year shortages that have become the norm. About 96 percent of the food aid supplied in 2010 went to 21 countries that have received U.S. food aid for four years or more,” iWatch News reports.