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UN, Aid Groups Call for ‘Urgent’ Action in Sahel

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. officials and humanitarian groups are calling for an “urgent scale up” of aid to Africa’s Sahel region, where millions of people are facing severe food shortages. Officials met with donor governments in Rome Wednesday, telling them only a rapid and comprehensive response to the crisis could stop the problem from growing worse. The European […]

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UN Leaders, Aid Groups to Discuss Sahel Food Crisis

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations officials are meeting with humanitarian organizations and donor governments Wednesday to discuss ways to prevent a major food crisis in Africa’s Sahel region. The meeting in Rome aims to urgently increase aid to the region just south of the Sahara Desert, where drought, poverty and high food prices have put millions at risk […]

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Red Cross: Sahel Food Crisis Could Affect 23 Million

Posted February 14th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says food shortages in Africa’s Sahel region could affect up to 23 million people if more aid is not received soon. The federation said Tuesday there are already some 14 million people across the semi-arid region who do not have enough food. Authorities blamed the crisis […]

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WFP: Food Prices Rise Between December & January

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 1:57 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says global food prices rose by nearly two percent between December and January. The FAO tracks a collection of key food commodities and says poor weather in key growing regions played a roll in the rising costs. Thursday’s report says prices rose for all major types of cereals, except […]

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Red Cross Denies al-Shabab Accusation of Distributing Spoiled Food to Somalis

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross is denying accusations by a Somali insurgent group that it distributed spoiled food to aid recipients in southern Somalia. Earlier this week, al-Shabab announced it was permanently shutting down Red Cross operations in areas that it controls, accusing the aid group of handing out food that was “unfit […]

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ICRC Suspends Food Aid to 1.1 Million Somalis

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has suspended aid to 1.1 million Somalis because local authorities linked to al-Shabab have blocked aid to parts of central and southern parts of the country. The agency charges that since mid-December, local officials have prevented food and seed aid from reaching about 240,000 people in […]

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Report: Food Prices Drop

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization says world food prices fell 2.4 percent in December. Thursday’s report from the FAO says lower demand and larger harvests of cereals, sugar and oils contributed to the price decline. Altogether, food prices are down more than 11 percent from their peak last February. While the prices have […]

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North Korea Says US Offered Food Aid in Exchange for Nuclear Concessions

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean state media say the United States has offered to provide food aid and temporarily lift sanctions against Pyongyang if it suspends its uranium enrichment program. The North Korean Central News Service Wednesday quoted a foreign ministry spokesperson as saying Washington made the offer during high-level talks in July 2011. The spokesperson accused the […]

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FAO: Global Food Prices To Decline Slightly; Remain Volatile

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The new head of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization says food prices may ease a bit this year as demand falls because of a slowing economy. Jose Graziano da Silva says price declines will not be “drastic,” and says economic turmoil may increase the number of people facing hunger. The FAO says more than […]

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India Targets Hunger with Subsidy Plan

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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India’s cabinet has approved a landmark measure that would provide subsidized food to hundreds of millions of people. The Food Security Bill, approved by the cabinet Sunday, still needs parliamentary approval. It is expected to be presented to parliament before the current session ends. The proposal would provide subsidized grain to 75 percent of India’s […]

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