A U.S. delegation will visit North Korea this week to evaluate the country’s food security needs, the State Department said, RTT News reports (5/21).
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FAO Launches Anti-Locust Program To Protect Food Security For 20M People In Central Asia, the Caucasus
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday it would help 10 countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus to preserve 25 million hectares of cultivated farmland from a “locust crisis” that is threatening food security for 20 million people, Agence France-Presse reports.
On Wednesday, the World Food Program (WFP) said “it does not have enough funds to continue flying supplies by helicopter to western Nepal, where road access is patchy and around a million people rely on U.N. food aid,” Agence France-Presse reports.
“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 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.
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.
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.
The World Food Program (WFP) has resumed food aid operations in South Sudan after operations were suspended last month because of violence, Reuters reports.
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