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Food and hunger crisis 2008

Analytical articles

The world financial, food and hunger crisis Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes (Updated November 11, 2008)

Behind Latin America's food crisis Laura Carlsen   Center for International Policy  May 19, 2008

The Washington Post has an excellent series

Opinion

The Administration and Congress mobilize to bail out giant financial institutions, but no rescue for the hungry  Joel Berg Washington Post September 29, 2008 (You will leave this site.) 

Water everywhere, and not a drop to grow Colin Chartres BBC News August 20, 2008  (You will leave this site.)

How the World Bank, IMF and WTO destroyed African agriculture Walden Bello
Foreign Policy In Focus July 20, 2008

The principles of food security Yash Tandon South Centre June 25, 2008

The World Bank, IMF, and the US and other developed country governments are 'shocked, shocked' by the global food and hunger crisis: is this cluelessness or dishonesty? Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes April 18, 2008

News stories

Wealthy countries seek land in Cambodia, Madagascar, and Brazil  David Montero Christian Science Monitor December 22, 2008

World leaders vow joint push to aid economy--tougher decisions on global financial regulation put off Mark Landler New York Times November 15, 2008

World leaders meet to address global financial crisis. DC summit marks historic shift, with the inclusion of leaders of developing nations.  Anthony Faiola and Glenn Kessler Washington Post  November 10, 2008

Pakistan asks IMF for $7.6 billion rescue loan  BBC News November 15, 2008

Ariana Eunjung Cha and Maureen Fan Washington Post  November 10, 2008

For those making $2 a day, it might get worse

Developing countries want new role in the world financial and economic system (due to much larger economies, the US/international corporation-caused financial crisis, and being shut out from larger role by previous intransigence  on the part of the US and other developed countries)  BBC News November 9, 2008

Economic crisis threatens to destabilize developing countries--distress could push millions below the poverty line and create unrest Paul Richter Los Angeles Times October 27, 2008 

Financial meltdown worsens food crisis Ariana Eunjung Cha and Stephanie McCrummen Washington Post October 26, 2008

A vendor lay smoking amid bags of potatoes in Shanxi Province, China, this month as he awaited customers. Potato production has sharply risen in China. Photo: Reuters

A vendor lay smoking amid bags of potatoes in Shanxi Province, China, this month as he awaited customers. Potato production has sharply risen in China. Photo: Reuters

Increased potato production recommended for food self-sufficiency Elisabeth Rosenthal The New York Times October 25, 2008

Fearing a drought of aid Dan Eggen and Anthony Faiola Washington Post October 22, 2008

Foreign fields: rich states look beyond their borders for fertile soil Javier Blas and Andrew England Financial Times August 19, 2008 UN warns of food 'neo-colonialism' Javier Blas Financial Times August 20, 2008  (You will leave this site.)

Brazil's farms see quiet revolution Gary Duffy BBC News August 18, 2008  (You will leave this site.)

Millions eating food grown with polluted water, says UN report says. Study of 53 cities across the world finds 'widespread' use of waste water contaminated with heavy metals and sewage John Vidal  The Guardian August 18, 2008  (You will leave this site.)

People line up along a rural road as they wait to be examined at a Doctors Without Borders outreach clinic in Tunto, southern Ethiopia. The country has been grappling with drought as well as a global food crisis that has raised prices. Photo: Siegfried Modola/AFP/Getty Images

People line up along a rural road as they wait to be examined at a Doctors Without Borders outreach clinic in Tunto, southern Ethiopia. The country has been grappling with drought as well as a global food crisis that has raised prices. Photo: Siegfried Modola/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopia's population has nearly doubled since 1985--now, 14 million need help as another food crisis sets in   Rick Hampson USA Today August 18, 2008 Ethiopia faces a new food crisis Edmund Sanders Los Angeles Times August 5, 2008

India had 2.1 million child deaths in 2006--more than any other country.  Photo: BBC News

India had 2.1 million child deaths in 2006--more than any other country.  Photo: BBC News

UN warning on India child health: the world will fail to reach millennium development goals unless India improves its record on health and child protection  BBC News August 6,  2008 (You will leave this site.)  

 

An assessment by World Food Program officials last month found millions of North Koreans were "slipping toward precarious hunger levels. The last time hunger was so deep and so widespread in parts of the country was in the late 1990s." Photo: AFP

An assessment by World Food Program officials last month found millions of North Koreans were "slipping toward precarious hunger levels. The last time hunger was so deep and so widespread in parts of the country was in the late 1990s." Photo: AFP

UN warns on North Korea food shortage BBC News July 29, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

In Africa, one family's struggle with the global food crisis Kevin Sullivan Washington Post July 20, 2008 (You will leave this site.)   

Cereals for sale in the central market of Kabul, Afghanistan. Due to high food prices, most people cannot afford regular daily meals. Photo: Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

Cereals for sale in the central market of Kabul, Afghanistan. Due to high food prices, most people cannot afford regular daily meals. Photo: Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

Humanitarians cool on G8 summit response to food crisis  IRIN News July 11, 2008

Secret World Bank report: biofuel caused world food crisis Aditya Chakrabortty  The Guardian July 5, 2008

About 50 million more people hungry in 2007 due to high food prices Food and Agriculture Organization July 3, 2008  (You will leave this site.)

Harsh grip of famine threatens millions in Ethiopia and Somalia Stephanie McCrummen Washington Post July 2, 2008 (You will leave this site.) 

US wheat begins new aid to North Korea, with greater monitoring  Blaine Harden Washington Post July 1, 2008 (You will leave this site.) 

Hoarding nations drive food costs ever higher Keith Bradsher and Andrew Martin New York Times June 30, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

Palm oil is one of the biofuels stirring controversy. Photo: AFP

Palm oil is one of the biofuels stirring controversy. Photo: AFP

Biofuel use increasing poverty, Oxfam report says BBC News June 25, 2008 (You will leave this site.) See full report

Migrant workers thresh wheat in the Indian state of Punjab. Between 1968 and 1998 production of cereal grains more than doubled in India, and rural poverty rates were cut in half. But in the last 10 years the gains in production have leveled off as a growing population has increased the demand for food and as Indian society has become more affluent. Now, India can no longer feed itself and has been importing food, including seven million tons of wheat in the last two years. Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Migrant workers thresh wheat in the Indian state of Punjab. Between 1968 and 1998 production of cereal grains more than doubled in India, and rural poverty rates were cut in half. But in the last 10 years the gains in production have leveled off as a growing population has increased the demand for food and as Indian society has become more affluent. Now, India can no longer feed itself and has been importing food, including seven million tons of wheat in the last two years. Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

In fertile India, growth outstrips agriculture Somini Sengupta New York Times June 22, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

Zimbabwe: five million people will require food assistance, FAO/WFP says IRIN June 11, 2008 (You will leave this site.) 

Roshni weighs 6.3 lbs.-- her weight should be more like 10 lbs. About 60% children in India's Madhya Pradesh state are malnourished.  Photo: BBC

Roshni weighs 6.3 lbs.-- her weight should be more like 10 lbs. About 60 percent of children in India's Madhya Pradesh state are malnourished. Photo: BBC

Malnutrition getting worse in India Damian Grammaticas BBC News June 10, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

Although there will be a crop this year, there is little food due to past drought.  In every Ethiopian village visited there were vulnerable children, many with distended stomachs, one sign of extreme hunger. Photo: BBC

Although there will be a crop this year, there is little food due to past drought.  In every Ethiopian village visited there were vulnerable children, many with distended stomachs, one sign of extreme hunger. Photo: BBC

Desperation as Ethiopia's hunger grows Gavin Hewitt BBC News June 8, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

Leaders speak of their own issues at a conference addressing world food shortages Elisabeth Rosenthal and Andrew Martin New York Times June 4, 2008 (You will leave this site.) 

UN sets out food crisis measures BBC News June 3, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

FAO report expects agricultural commodity prices to remain high Food and Agricultural Organization May 29, 2008

International efforts to reduce hunger have been insufficient, US Government Accountability Office says  Anthony Faiola Washington Post May 29, 2008 (You will leave this site, be required to register once with the Post, and thereafter sign in using your email address.)  See the GAO report.

Rising prices hit home for food stamp recipients  Chris L. Jenkins Washington Post May 27, 2008 (You will leave this site, be required to register once with the Post, and thereafter sign in using your email address.)  In 2006, working people were 41 percent of people receiving  food stamps, up from 31 percent 10 years earlier--number of eligible working people continues to grow  Richard Wolf USA TODAY May 19, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

Relief in Manila after Japan agrees to sell rice: while Philippines battles shortage, Japan has surplus of unwanted imports Carmela Cruz and Blaine Harden Washington Post May 27, 2008 (You will leave this site, be required to register once with the Post, and thereafter sign in using your email address.)

Mexico's poor get food cash boost BBC News May 19, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

On a road near Pyapon, in an area of Myanmar ravaged by a cyclone, people waited on Sunday for aid from Burmese civilians. Photo: NYT

On a road near Pyapon, in an area of Myanmar ravaged by a cyclone, people waited on Sunday for aid from Burmese civilians. Photo: NYT

Burma's cyclone survivors still waiting for food New York Times  May 26, 2008 (You will leave this site.)  Burma's rice harvest under threat--farmers must receive seed by June planting season Chris Hogg  BBC News May 19, 2008 (You will leave this site.)  Rulers keep grip on aid as Burmese cast votes New York Times May 11, 2008 More Burma stories

World Food Program completes $755 million appeal with Saudi pledge Hunger Notes May 23, 2008

Food costs push Bangladesh to brink of unrest  Emily Wax Washington Post May 24, 2008

Six million Ethiopian children at risk of malnutrition as crops fail and prices rise Xan Rice The Guardian May 21, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

The global food crisis has arrived at Safia Ali’s hut. She cannot afford rice or wheat or powdered milk anymore. At the same time, a drought has decimated her family’s herd of goats, turning their sole livelihood into a pile of bleached bones and papery skin. The result is that Ms. Safia, a 25-year-old mother of five, has not eaten in a week. Her 1-year-old son is starving too, an adorable, listless boy who doesn’t even respond to a pinch. Photo: Jehad Nga/New York Times

The global food crisis has arrived at Safia Ali’s hut. She cannot afford rice or wheat or powdered milk anymore. At the same time, a drought has decimated her family’s herd of goats, turning their sole livelihood into a pile of bleached bones and papery skin. The result is that Ms. Safia, a 25-year-old mother of five, has not eaten in a week. Her 1-year-old son is starving too, an adorable, listless boy who doesn’t even respond to a pinch. Photo: Jehad Nga/New York Times

Famine looms as wars rend Horn of Africa Jeffrey Gettleman  New York Times, May 6, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

Sayed Ali said he had to sell his daughter to save the rest of his family from starvation. Photo: Parwin Arzo/IRIN


Sayed Ali said he had to sell his daughter to save the rest of his family from starvation. Photo: Parwin Arzo/IRIN

Afghanistan: "I sold my daughter to feed the rest of my family"  IRIN May 18, 2008

Farmers in the Irrawaddy delta normally provide two-thirds of Burma's rice harvest. Photo: AFP

Farmers in the Irrawaddy delta normally provide two-thirds of Burma's rice harvest. Photo: AFP

Burma's rice harvest under threat--farmers must receive seed by June planting season Chris Hogg  BBC News May 19, 2008 (You will leave this site.)  Rulers keep grip on aid as Burmese cast votes New York Times May 11, 2008 More Burma stories

Global rice prices have increased by more than 90 percent in the last year. Photo: AFP

Global rice prices have increased by more than 90 percent in the last year. Photo: AFP

World aid agencies faulted in food crisis for failure to support agriculture  Colum Lynch Washington Post May 19, 2008 (You will leave this site, be required to register once with the Post, and thereafter sign in using your email address.)

US using food crisis to boost bio-engineered crops  Stephen J. Hedges Chicago Tribune May 14, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

U.N. food aid funds growing, but needs growing too Missy Ryan Reuters May 6, 2006 (You will leave this site.)  

 Bush seeks more food aid for poor countries Steven Lee Myers New York Times May 2, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

US scrambles to address world food crisis Dan Eggen Washington Post April 26, 2008 (You will leave this site, be required to register once with the Post, and thereafter sign in using your email address.)  

Argentina tries to reconcile exporting food with prices at home  Monte Reel Washington Post April 26, 2008 (You will leave this site, be required to register once with the Post, and thereafter sign in using your email address.)  

Food crisis Is depicted as 'silent tsunami'--sharp price hikes leave many millions hungry Kevin Sullivan Washington Post April 23, 2008 (You will leave this site, be required to register once with the Post, and thereafter sign in using your email address.)

The World Bank, IMF, and the US and other developed country governments are 'shocked, shocked' by the global food and hunger crisis: is this cluelessness or dishonesty?  (Opinion) Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes April 18, 2008

Bush releases $200 million in emergency food aid Reuters April 15, 2008 UN body urges agricultural reforms to stave off food crisis Angela Balakrishnan The Guardian April 15, 2008 (You will leave this site.)

IMF head gives food price warning BBC News  April 13, 2008 (You will leave this site.) 

Philippines caught in rice price squeeze Blaine Harden Washington Post April 10, 2008 (You will leave this site, be required to register once with the Post, and thereafter sign in using your email address.)   

Protesters ran for cover as shots rang out near the palace. Photo: AP

Protesters ran for cover as shots rang out near the palace. Photo: AP

Hungry mobs attack Haiti's presidential palace  BBC News April 8, 2008  Food riots turn deadly in Haiti BBC News  April 5, 2008 (You will leave this site.)   

North Koreans threatened by hunger again Choe Sang-Hun  New York Times April 4, 2008

People have to wait for hours to buy 5kg of rice at open market sale (OMS) centers in Bangladesh. Photo: Shamsuddin Ahmed/IRIN

People have to wait for hours to buy 5 kg of rice at open market sale (OMS) centers in Bangladesh. Photo: Shamsuddin Ahmed/IRIN

Bangladesh: Even middle class families queue for 5 kg of subsidized rice as rice price increases by 70 percent  IRIN April 4, 2006 (You will leave this site.)

In Egypt, upper crust gets the bread--shortage exposes inequities Ellen Knickmeyer Washington Post April 5, 2008 (You will leave this site, be required to register once with the Post, and thereafter sign in using your email address.)   

Differing voices on a 'new deal' to counter soaring food prices for the poor IRIN  April 6, 2008 World Bank urges 'new deal' to fight global hunger and malnutrition BBC News  April 2, 2008 (You will leave this site.) 

Violent protests against rising food costs prompt Ivory Coast food import tax cuts  BBC News  April 2, 2008 (You will leave this site.)  

A 'perfect storm' of hunger Edmund Sanders and Tracy Wilkinson Los Angeles Times  April 1, 2008 (You will leave this site.) 

Indian government raises minimum rice export price in effort to discourage exports and control domestic food costs BBC News  March 29, 2008 (You will leave this site.) 

Inflation hits the poor hardest as food and other basic items climb rapidly Neil Irwin and Alejandro Lazo Washington Post March 21, 2008 (You will leave this site, be required to register once with the Post, and thereafter sign in using your email address.)

Soaring food prices putting US emergency aid in peril Anthony Faiola Washington Post March 1, 2008 (You will leave this site, be required to register once with the Post and thereafter sign in using your email address.)  Millions more face starvation because of rising food prices and large food aid budget deficit, UN says Julian Borger The Guardian February 26, 2008  UN warns over food aid rationing BBC News  February 25, 2008 (You will leave this site.) 

Grain price increases hit poor countries BBC News  February 14, 2008 (You will leave this site.) 

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