A report (.pdf) released on Monday by the Asia Society and International Rice Research Institute recommends that “Asian countries should increase rice reserves to help stabilize prices and improve food security in the region which is home to about 65 percent of the world’s hungry,” Bloomberg reports.
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Food Aid Hindered Progress Of Democracy In Africa “The best way to help the millions of hungry people in countries that receive food aid get rid of their corrupt and incompetent rulersÂ â€“ and to ensure that their children will never go hungry in future â€” is to starve them now.…
“Delegates at a special U.N. meeting about high food prices Friday blamed the hikes on speculation, futures markets and national responses to crop failure,” the Associated Press/Moscow Times reports (9/27).
Ahead of the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) special meeting on global food prices Friday, U.N. officials said they expect Russian grain company executives to attend, the Associated Press/Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
The three-day U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ended Wednesday with world leaders “adopting a declaration agreed [to] earlier this month, which promised intensified efforts by the 192 U.N. member states to achieve the world body’s so-called Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” Reuters reports (Worsnip/Wroughton, 9/22).
In advance of Friday’s special meeting, convened by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), CNN examines the current state of food security around the world and the outlook over the next few years.
Several blogs, publications examine the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit: The MDGs serve a dual purpose “helping the poor countries to fight poverty and the rich countries to preserve a sense of social solidarity,” writes Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute in a post on the Guardian’s…
“African leaders said on Tuesday they could do more to meet U.N. goals to slash extreme poverty and urged stronger leadership among developing countries to tackle hunger and disease and attract investment,” Reuters reports in an article that examines the leaders call for African nations to take greater ownership of their development.
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At Least 2M People Homeless, Agriculture Affected By Flooding In Northern India “At least two million people in northern India have been left homeless as the Ganges and other rivers, swollen by heavy monsoon rains, broke embankments and submerged villages, fields and religious sites,” Reuters reports. The flood has affectedÂ 500,000…