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Sharp Increase in Grain Prices Raises Alarm

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A 20-percent spike in maize and wheat prices in just the past three weeks is raising concerns with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. FAO economist Shukri Ahmed tells VOA that the increase in price was sharp and sudden. He says until May, experts were hoping for a huge increase in worldwide maize production. […]

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US, Dutch Investigating Needles in Airline Sandwiches

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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American and Dutch authorities are investigating how needles got into five turkey sandwiches served on four flights from Amsterdam to the U.S. Passengers bit into the sandwiches Sunday on Delta Air Lines flights bound for Minneapolis, Atlanta and Seattle. One person was injured but declined treatment. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday it […]

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AU Troops Recover Relief Food Stolen by Al-Shabab

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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African Union troops in central Somalia have recovered more than 500 bags of food aid that were stolen by the insurgent group al-Shabab. The AU says the food, which was meant for drought-stricken Somali families, was instead being used to feed al-Shabab militants at a training camp outside Mogadishu. The African Union Mission in Somalia […]

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AU Troops Recover Relief Food Stolen by Al-Shabab

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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African Union troops in central Somalia have recovered over 500 bags of relief food that had been stolen by the Somali insurgent group al-Shabab. The AU says the food, which was meant to help feed drought-stricken Somali families, was instead being used to feed al-Shabab militants at a training camp outside Mogadishu. The African Union […]

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Aid Group Warns of New Food Crisis in Somalia

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Save the Children is warning that poor rainfalls and conflict threaten to push hundreds of thousands of Somalis back into hunger, just months after the country recovered from a devastating famine. The organization’s spokesperson, Andrew Wander, told VOA poor rains will likely delay the upcoming harvest in south-central Somalia, which was the hardest hit by […]

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Disney to Eliminate Junk Food Ads from Radio, TV, Web

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Walt Disney Company will become the first U.S. media giant to ban junk food advertising on its radio and television networks, and on its Internet website. The company announced Tuesday that starting in 2015, it will eliminate commercials for candy, salty snacks and sugary cereals. Instead, Disney programming will promote diets rich in fruits […]

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UN Food Agency: Hunger, Malnutrition Must be Eliminated

Posted May 30th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says sustainable development cannot be realized unless hunger and malnutrition are eliminated. In a report released Wednesday, FAO chief Jose Graziano da Silva said development cannot be called sustainable while nearly one out of every seven people in the world suffers from malnourishment. He called for increasing agricultural […]

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President Obama Focusing on African Food Security

Posted May 17th, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is focusing on African food security Friday in Washington, and also highlighting it at the upcoming Group of Eight meeting. The president is scheduled to speak to African leaders at a summit on food security Friday. Friday’s new initiative is expected to target 50 million food-insecure people by boosting agricultural investments. […]

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Official: US Will Suspend Food Aid to North Korea

Posted March 28th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. Defense Department official says Washington has decided to suspend food aid to North Korea, in part because of its plans to carry out a provocative missile launch next month. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Lavoy told a congressional hearing Wednesday that such a launch would reflect Pyongyang’s desire to ignore its […]

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Food Subsidies Would Help South Asia Cope With Food Price Hikes

Posted March 19th, 2012 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Asian Development Bank says a price hike in food staples, like rice and wheat, could push tens of millions more people into extreme poverty in South Asia. But a new study by the ADB says food subsidies targeted at the poorest in the region would help them cope with increased food costs. In a […]

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