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14 Apr 2011 description
report World Bank

Press Release No:2011/430/PREM

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2011— Driven in part by higher fuel costs connected to events in the Middle East and North Africa, global food prices are 36 percent above their levels a year ago and remain volatile, pushing people deeper into poverty, according to new World Bank Group numbers released today.

31 Mar 2011 description
report World Bank

Bank's Global Food Crisis Response Program has helped 44 countries counter crisis by investing in agriculture, feeding programs.

Eight countries receiving help from G20-requested Global Agriculture and Food Security Program; 17 additional countries seeking assistance.

About 3.5 million children under 5 in developing countries die from undernutrition-related causes each year.

April 1, 2011— The 2008 food crisis hit poor people in Togo hard.

04 Mar 2011 description

Highlights

Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons - In the past year, the movement of people within their country, and from one country or even continent to another has continued to rise. According to UNHCR (06/10) there were over 43 million forcibly displaced people worldwide at the end of 2009, which is the highest number since the mid-1990s.

15 Feb 2011 description
report World Bank

Press Release No:2011/333/PREM

WASHINGTON, February 15, 2011 - Rising food prices have driven an estimated 44 million people into poverty in developing countries since last June as food costs continue to rise to near 2008 levels, according to new World Bank Group numbers released ahead of the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Paris.

"Global food prices are rising to dangerous levels and threaten tens of millions of poor people around the world," said World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick.

10 Feb 2011 description
report World Bank

Press Release No:009

February 10, 2011 - "The biggest challenge facing most developing countries is the risk of a big boost in food prices. Food accounts for a large and increasingly volatile share of family budgets for poor and urban families. When prices of staple foods soar, poor countries and poor people bear the brunt."- World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick

BACKGROUND:

Costs for some basic foods are nearing or beyond the peaks of 2008. The World Bank expects volatile, higher than average grain prices until at least 2015.

26 Jan 2011 description

26 January 2011

Geneva, Switzerland

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced support for new development projects that will save the lives and improve the health of mothers and children in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

"Canada was the catalyst in 2010 for the renewed global effort to save the lives of mothers, children and newborns in developing countries," said Prime Minister Harper.

29 Nov 2010 description

Almost 200 nations meet in Mexico this week to try to agree steps toward a climate treaty.

14 Sep 2010 description

International hunger targets difficult to reach

- The number of hungry has declined, but remains unacceptably high

-Despite the decline, the ability to achieve international hunger targets such as MDG1 is still at risk

- Governments should encourage increased investment in agriculture, expand safety nets, and enhance income-generating activities for the rural and urban poor.

14 Sep 2010 description

La FAO et le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) ont indiqué aujourd'hui qu'en dépit de l'amélioration récente et attendue qui a permis de retomber sous le cap du milliard, le nombre d'affamés dans le monde demeure inacceptable.

D'après les nouvelles estimations, 925 millions de personnes continueront à souffrir de faim chronique cette année, soit un recul de 98 millions par rapport au 1,023 milliard de 2009.

"Toutefois, avec la mort d'un enfant toutes les 6 secondes pour des problèmes liés à la malnutrition, la faim demeure la plus …

14 Sep 2010 description

Though improved, global hunger level "unacceptable

14 September 2010, Rome - FAO and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said that the number of hungry people in the world remains unacceptably high despite expected recent gains that have pushed the figure below 1 billion.

The new estimate of the number of people who will suffer chronic hunger this year is 925 million - 98 million down from 1.023 billion in 2009.

"But with a child dying every six seconds because of undernourishment related problems, hunger remains the world's largest tragedy and …

31 May 2010 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 31 May 2010 (IRIN) - Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan top a new ranking of countries at "extreme risk" of experiencing natural disasters compiled by a global risk assessment company.

The Natural Disaster Risk Index (NDRI) released on 27 May by Maplecroft, ranks 229 countries according to the human impact of natural disasters in terms of deaths per annum and per million of population, plus the frequency of events as well as the likelihood of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, …

22 Apr 2010 description
report World Bank
  • World Bank and international donors are working together to provide longer-term support for developing countries affected by the food crisis.

    - Global food price spikes in 2007 and 2008 increased undernourishment by an estimated 6.8%, and drove at least 100 million more people into poverty.

    - New Global Agriculture and Food Security Program fights food insecurity through improved agricultural productivity among poor, rural populations.

    April 22, 2010-Across the globe, more than 1 billion people go to bed hungry each nighta number exacerbated by the 2007-08 food price …

11 Mar 2010 description

A new fight against malnutrition is being launched by The Department for International Development (DFID), focussing on the six countries that are home to half of all undernourished children under five in the world.

The new strategy will address the devastating impact that malnutrition has on life-expectancy, health and long-term productivity, and will have a direct impact on the life chances of 12 million children by 2015.

This comes ahead of a major international conference, organised by DFID, where new proposals will be laid out to get the Millennium Development Goals back on …

31 Dec 2009 description

Highlights

Impact of Food Prices Rises On Malnutrition and Food Security

- International food and oil prices soared until further in 2008 and translated in varying degrees into higher domestic food prices causing food riots in over 30 countries. Even though food prices are falling on the global markets, surveillance showed that local prices have continued to increase or have remained at their inflated level in a number of vulnerable countries.

31 Dec 2009 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, signed by President Obama on March 11, 2009, provided $75 million in agriculture funds targeted to food security. These funds provide essential continuity to programs begun in 2008 and allow new investments to build a foundation for the launch in 2010 of a broader long-term strategy to sustainably reduce hunger and malnutrition.

A larger food security strategy is currently being developed under the leadership of the Department of State.

16 Oct 2009 description
report ActionAid

ActionAid's HungerFREE Scorecard Investigates why a Billion People are Hungry

Executive Summary

Over one billion people - a sixth of humanity - don't have enough to eat. Almost a third of the world's children are growing up malnourished. This is perhaps one of the most shameful achievements of recent history, since there is no good reason for anyone to go hungry in today's world.

Even before the food and financial crises, the number of people facing chronic malnutrition was extremely high, and falling extremely slowly. Since 2005, it has jumped by 20 percent.

26 Sep 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10864

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Plenary
9th & 10th Meetings (AM & PM)

Say Impact - Sea Level Rise, Dying Marine Life - Shock Wave to Fragile Economies; Major Emitters Must Ensure Resources in Place to Meet Adaptation, Mitigation Goals

25 Sep 2009 description

NEW YORK, United States, September 25 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency and two of its corporate partners have announced technology-based projects that will help improve the lives of tens of thousands of refugees in Africa and Asia.

The announcements by UNHCR, computer technology giant Microsoft, and Portugal's largest energy company, EDP, came earlier this week at the annual meeting in New York of the Clinton Global Initiative.

31 Jul 2009 description

From our editor

Four of the six field articles in this issue of Field Exchange endeavour to demonstrate some form of intervention impact. The programmes are all very different; nutrition supplementation of HIV positive individuals in Zambia, community based nutrition programming in Bangladesh, a voucher scheme for fresh fruit and vegetables in a Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya and a joint cash and food programme in drought affected Swaziland. The programmes are either novel, i.e. the voucher scheme in Dadaab, are pilots contributing to a growing body of evidence, i.e.