A group of foundations on Tuesday in Washington launched AGree, a food and agriculture research initiative, Bloomberg reports (Bjerga, 5/3).
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The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) on Friday said it would begin providing emergency food aid to 3.5 million people in North Korea, Reuters reports (Mackenzie, 4/29).
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Libya At Risk Of Serious Food Shortage Within Two Months, WFP Says Libya will run out of food within two months unless efforts are stepped up to get shipments into the war-torn country, the World Food Program (WFP) warned on Thursday, Deustche Presse-Agentur/M&C reports. Daly Belgasami, WFP’s director for the…
“A drought in the Horn of Africa, triggered by the same La Nina episode that caused massive flooding in Australia last year, is plunging millions of pastoralists closer to food insecurity,” Greenwire/New York Times reports in a story looking at how the drought is affecting several areas in the region.
The world must address hunger to strengthen security worldwide, Franz Fischler, a former EU agriculture commissioner from Austria who is a candidate to lead the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.
A report (.pdf) on the quality of U.S. food aid released on Tuesday “has identified improvements experts hope will make relief campaigns more effective at fighting hunger,” CNN reports (Courson, 4/26).
Rising food prices could force 64 million Asians into extreme poverty and damage the region’s economic growth this year, according to a report released on Tuesday from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Agence France-Presse reports (Morella, 4/26).
Delegation Of Retired World Leaders Traveling To North Korea To Address Food Shortages, Other Issues
Former President Jimmy Carter will lead a four-member delegation of retired world leaders on a trip to North Korea this week to discuss “how to ease sanctions on Pyongyang that have exacerbated a serious food crisis” and other issues, Agence France-Presse reports (Saiget, 4/25).
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