Food prices are likely to continue to rise over the next decade, “putting the poor at an increasing risk of malnutrition and hunger,” according to a joint report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Associated Press/Washington Post reports (6/17).
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“TheÂ inefficiencies in food production, transport and wastage are not only hazardous from a financial and environmental perspective; they are equally tragic on a moral level,” independent consultant and writer Cynthia Schweer writes in a post on Foreign Policy Blogs’ “Global Health” blog, noting that nearly 1 billion people worldwide are…
In this report from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, part of its Global Forecast 2011, Johanna Nesseth Tuttle writes, “As food prices have risen â€“ to a new, all-time high in 2011 â€“ it is clear that, although we are not inevitably destined for instability as a result…
“When the G20 Ministers of Agriculture develop an action plan to address food price volatility and its impact on the poor, they should focus on both urgent actions and the vital role of smallholder farmers,” Shenggen Fan, director-general of the International Food Policy Research Institute, writes in an Inter Press Service opinion piece.
Feed the Future programs “will indeed address hunger at its core, offering farmers the tools and opportunity they need to feed their families. … But on the other side of town we’ve deepened our investments in policies that increase food insecurity. A string of policy disasters … have driven food price spikes and punished the billions of people who live on less than two dollars a day,” Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, writes in a piece on The Hill’s “Congress Blog.”
BMJ reports on the health affects of civil unrest in South Sudan, which will become the world’s newest country on July 9.
“French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged G20 agriculture ministers to agree at talks in Paris next week on a farm database that would gather and store market-sensitive information such as food stocks,” Reuters reports. Sarkozy’s call came during a speech Thursday “to farm unions gathered at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development headquarters,” the news service writes (6/16).
“Rising food prices, hovering near record highs after a spike in grain costs, are changing diets particularly in developing countries such as Kenya, according to a survey issued by charity Oxfam on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. The survey was conducted in 17 countries (6/15).
“Pre-positioning food stocks has some important advantages besides saving time: it can lower program costs for the food itself (by minimizing purchases during food price spikes) and shipping (by avoiding bunching of shipments). Mostly, however, it’s crazy that the Congress still requires that U.S. food aid be bought here and transported around the world on U.S.-flagged ships,” Kimberly Ann Elliott, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, writes on the “Views from the Center” blog.
Government officials, nutrition and health experts, as well as civil society advocates from around the world, met in Washington, D.C., on Monday to promote the 1,000 Days Partnership, which launched in September 2010, VOA News reports in a piece featuring quotes from U.S. officials about efforts to end child deaths from malnutrition (DeCapua, 6/13).