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South Korea Authorizes Private Shipment of Flour to North

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea said Monday it has authorized private relief groups to ship 300 tons of flour as food aid for North Korea. The announcement follows weekend talks between the two Koreas in Indonesia and marks the first time Seoul has allowed flour to be shipped to the North since an attack on a South Korean […]

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UN: Millions More Afghans to Need Food Aid Due to Drought

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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The World Food Program says a drought in Afghanistan will force millions more people to seek food aid later this year, further straining the U.N. agency’s efforts to feed the impoverished nation. The WFP’s deputy director for Afghanistan, Bradley Guerrant, says a poor wheat harvest caused by a lack of rain will lead to food […]

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US ‘Understands’ EU Decision to Provide Food Aid to North Korea

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it “understands” the European Union’s decision to provide North Korea with food aid, but that it has not yet decided whether to resume its own food deliveries to the impoverished nation. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Tuesday the U.S. government has discussed the issue with the EU officials and […]

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Brazilian Elected Head of UN Food Agency

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Brazilian professor has been elected the new head of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Jose Graziano da Silva won on the second ballot during voting Sunday at the agency’s headquarters in Rome , beating out Spain’s former foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. Graziano is taking over the FAO at a time of high […]

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G20 Targets High Food Prices

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Twenty of the world’s most important economies have agreed on measures aimed at controlling high and volatile food prices. Meeting together for the first time, agriculture ministers from the G20 group of leading and emerging nations committed thermselves to increasing regulation of commodity markets. They made plans to set up an emergency humanitarian food reserve […]

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UN: Countries Slow to Contribute for North Korean Food Aid

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.N. official says the United Nations is having trouble raising money to address what it says are severe food shortages in North Korea. In an interview aired Thursday on Japan’s NHK television, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said the world body has so far received less than 20 percent of the $210 […]

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Higher Food Prices Here to Stay

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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People around the world could soon see more dramatic increases in food prices. A report released Friday warns cereal prices could jump as much as 20 percent over the next decade, while prices for meat could increase by almost one-third. The findings are part of the latest outlook from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and […]

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UN: 8 Million Urgently Need Food in Horn of Africa

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations food agency says more than eight million people in the Horn of Africa need emergency food aid due to the ongoing drought in the region. The Food and Agriculture Organization warned Tuesday that food is urgently needed in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The agency said the region has had below-average rainfall […]

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China Bans Eight New Food Additives

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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China has banned eight new food additives after they were found to be tainted with an industrial chemical. The state food and drug administration has ordered catering companies to stop using products contaminated with DEHP that may cause hormonal disfunction in children if consumed in large doses. Primarily employed in the manufacture of plastics, DEHP […]

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Kazakh President Calls for Islamic Food Fund

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has proposed the creation of a food reserve for Muslim countries to improve food security in the Islamic world. President Nazarbayev addressed the World Islamic Economic Forum in the Kazakh capital Astana Wednesday. He said member nations of the Organization of the Islamic Conference should establish a regional fund to stave […]


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