Asia

US-India agreement on stockpiles of food revives a trade deal

by Neha Thirani Bagri New York Times November 13, 2014

MUMBAI, India — India and the United States reached an agreement on Thursday over food stockpiles, removing a major obstacle to a global trade deal that has been stalled for months....

US gives $27 million to help children in Laos eat and learn in school

by World Food Program Thompson Reuters November 3, 2014

VIENTIANE - The U.S. Ambassador to Laos PDR, Daniel Clune, announced today that the U.S. government, through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), would support WFP's mid-morning snack and lunch programmes in Laos with US$27 million to assist more than 170,000 children over the next th...

Families who live on ‘chars’ – river islands formed from sedimentation – are extremely vulnerable to natural disasters. This family wades through floodwaters left behind after heavy rains in August caused major rivers to burst their banks in northern Bangladesh. Photo: IRIN News

Bangladeshi ‘char dwellers’ in search of higher ground

by Naimul Haq IRIN News October 27, 2014

ahanara Begum, a 35-year-old housewife, is surrounded by thatched-roof homes, all of which are partially submerged by floodwater.Heavy rains throughout the monsoon months, beginning in August, left thousands of people in northern Bangladesh homeless or in dire straits as the mighty Brahmaputra, Dhar...

Malala Yousafzai says she yearns to be ‘normal,’ despite fame — and now Nobel

by Richard Leiby and Karla Adam Washington Post October 10, 2014

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Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi has long campaigned against child labor

by Annie Gowen and Rama Lakshmi Washington Post October 10, 2014

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Malala Yousafzai, 17, said she was honored to be the youngest person to receive the award. S

Two champions of children are given the Nobel Peace Prize

by Declan Walsh New York Times October 10, 2014

“Who is Malala?” shouted the Taliban gunman who leapt onto a crowded bus in northwestern Pakistan two years ago, then fired a bullet into the head of Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old schoolgirl and outspoken activist.That question has been answered many times since by Ms. Yousafzai herself, who s...

A man stands in the middle of parched paddy land in the northern Kilinochchi District. Sri Lanka’s staple rice harvest is expected to record a loss of 17 percent from around four million metric tonnes in 2013. Photo: Amantha Perera/IPS

Sri Lanka: thirsty land, hungry people

by Amantha Perera Inter Press Service October 7, 2014

Gazing out over the parched earth of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, one might think these farmlands have not seen water in years. In fact, this is not too far from the truth.The World Food Programme (WFP) last month allocated 2.5 million dollars to assist hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans in th...

Activists have called for the exclusion of Cambodian sugar from duty-free treatment in Europe, saying that it triggers corporate land grabs. Above, a worker harvesting sugar at a Phnom Penh Sugar plantation. Photo: Thomas Cristofoletti/New York Times

Sugar industry highlights conflicts over trade policy and land

by Keith Bradsher New York Times September 30, 2014

OMLIANG COMMUNE, Cambodia — Yim Lon nurses bitter memories of how three years ago the local authorities forced her and her family to dismantle their small home and move it to make way for a sugar plantation. ...

Bangladesh is one of poorest countries on Earth, and farming families have to make use of whatever space is available. Criss-crossed by 230 of the world’s most unstable rivers, the situation is worsened by flooding that affects millions of people each year, with at least 100,000 women, men and children forced to move as villages and livelihoods are literally washed away. And in recent years, flooding has intensified and lasts longer.

Farming on sandbars in Bangladesh

by Nazmul Chowdhury and Nirmal Chandra Bepary Farming Matters September 30, 2014

Bangladesh is one of poorest countries on Earth, and farming families have to make use of whatever space is available. Criss-crossed by 230 of the world’s most unstable rivers, the situation is worsened by flooding that affects millions of people each year, with at least 100,000 women, men and chi...

Child trafficking rampant in poor Indian villages

by K.S. Harikrishnan Inter Press Service September 4, 2014

In a country where well over half the population lives on less than two dollars a day, it takes a lot to shock people. The sight of desperate families traveling in search of money and food, whole communities defecating in the open, old women performing back-breaking labour, all this is simply part o...

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