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22 Apr 2008 description

FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf was in Paris and saw Mr Bernard Kouchner on April 21 and President Sarkozy on April 22, 2008.

On April 8 at his press briefing, the minister called attention to the seriousness of the global food crisis driven by the steady rise in prices of foodstuffs. At the time he wanted to see a strong, swift reaction and international mobilization.

22 Apr 2008 description

The European Commission plans to provide a further €117.25 million for food assistance as a response to the impact of the increase in food prices on the world's most vulnerable people.

Louis Michel, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, said: "The rise in basic food prices is a worldwide humanitarian disaster in the making. Ongoing humanitarian food programmes are under enormous pressure with less food available for people already on the brink of starvation. Millions more, who were just about coping before, now risk going hungry.

22 Apr 2008 description

By Markku Niskala, secretary general, International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies

Last week's announcement by the United States government that it was releasing $200 million in emergency aid to alleviate chronic food shortages should be applauded by all.

22 Apr 2008 description

LONDON - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that high food prices are creating the biggest challenge that WFP has faced in its 45-year history, a silent tsunami threatening to plunge more than 100 million people on every continent into hunger.

"This is the new face of hunger - the millions of people who were not in the urgent hunger category six months ago but now are," said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, who is today meeting British Government officials after addressing a UK parliamentary hearing in London.

"The response calls for …

22 Apr 2008 description

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, April 22 (Reuters) - Climate change is aggravating the global food crisis and many poor countries could be facing the start of major hunger disasters, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Tuesday.

Agricultural production worldwide must be revamped over time but poor farmers in Africa and elsewhere need help now to meet the spiralling costs of fertiliser, which has prevented them from planting more crops, he said.

Severe drought in Australia, one of the world's major bread baskets, has caused crop failures that have …

22 Apr 2008 description

By Daniel Flynn

ACCRA, April 22 (Reuters) - Climate change in Africa could leave 250 million more people short of water by 2020, spurring conflicts and threatening stability on the world's poorest continent, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner said on Tuesday.

Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations panel of climate experts who shared the prize with former U.S.

22 Apr 2008 description

A =A3455 million aid package to address rising global food prices was announced today by Douglas Alexander, International Development Secretary.

22 Apr 2008 description

Natural resources - agricultural potential. Soils underpin the production of a wide range of agricultural and industrial goods and services. Soil productivity is essential to agricultural activities - for food security, cash income and supporting the livelihoods of the poor. Agriculture is the major engine of economic growth in a majority of developing countries - for instance low income developing countries have a high share of agriculture in gross domestic product.

21 Apr 2008 description
report World Bank

- L'Afrique subsaharienne et l'Asie du Sud sont déjà touchées par le changement climatique.

- L'adaptation agricole repose sur l'utilisation d'outils aussi vieux que les charrues et aussi récents que les ordinateurs.

- Les gouvernements et les agences de développement font partie de la solution.

Dans la zone de production alimentaire du Sud de la Zambie, un producteur de maïs surveille sa récolte. Les tiges des plants sont brunes et chétives.

21 Apr 2008 description

The German government is examining in detail how it can respond to the worldwide food crisis and rising prices. To this end it has put in place a working group that brings together representatives of several ministries.

The working group was established in response to a request of the Chancellor, Angela Merkel. It is working on a report which it will be submitting to the cabinet for consideration before parliament breaks for the summer.

20 Apr 2008 description

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Accra, 20 avril - La douzième session de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le commerce et le développement (CNUCED XII) a ouvert aujourd'hui ses portes à Accra, au Ghana, jusqu'au 25 avril, marquant ainsi, 12 ans après la session qu'elle avait tenue dans la ville sud-africaine de Midrand, son retour en Afrique, un continent où le thème général de sa session « les perspectives et les enjeux de la mondialisation pour le développement » trouve toute sa signification.

18 Apr 2008 description

As global food prices are skyrocketing, the effects are most dramatic for the poorest. Chronic food instability and high vulnerability to malnutrition are already a daily reality for millions of families worldwide. Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Haiti, Afghanistan and many others are on the brink of a major food crisis. Concrete and immediate steps need to be taken to prevent severe social consequences on a large scale.

18 Apr 2008 description
report UN News Service

The recent drastic rise in food prices means the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) now needs more than $750 million to meet its commitment to feed the world's 73 million hungry people this year.

In late February, WFP announced that it required an additional $500 million, on top of its original appeal for this year of $2.9 billion, to carry out its efforts, but surging food prices have led WFP to revise that figure upwards to $756 million.

The cost of rice in Thailand, for example, swelled from $460 per ton on 3 March to $780 five weeks later.

WFP warned that prices …

18 Apr 2008 description

Geneva_(dpa) _ The UN World Food Programme (WFP) issued another appeal for urgent funding Friday, the second in just under two months, due to escalating global food prices.

The skyrocketing prices of basic foods such as wheat and rice meant WFP needed an extra 756 million dollars in addition to the 2.9 billion approved in October to provide assistance for 73 million people in 80 countries.

The organization had already asked for an extra 500 million in February to fill the funding shortfall but the continuing rise in prices meant this was no longer sufficient and the funding gap was …

18 Apr 2008 description
report CARE, Oxfam

CARE and Oxfam today said the international aid system not fit for purpose and called for fundamental changes in order to tackle the challenge of food price hikes and impending food crises in East and West Africa.

18 Apr 2008 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 18 avril 2008 (IRIN) - La hausse du prix des denrées alimentaires a entraîné des troubles sociaux, mais elle a également offert une « fenêtre d'opportunité » pour revoir les stratégies mondiales en matière de lutte contre l'insécurité alimentaire, a indiqué un éminent spécialiste de l'aide alimentaire, alors que des experts et des organisations humanitaires, réunis à Rome le 16 avril pour trois jours, ont entamé une réflexion stratégique sans précédent sur la manière de repenser l'action humanitaire.

Les événements de la semaine dernière viennent confirmer …

18 Apr 2008 description
report CARE, Oxfam

Oxfam et Care international ont qualifié le système d'aide internationale d'inapte à juguler le problème de la faim dans le monde. Ils réclament tous deux une réforme de fond en comble du système pour qu'il soit mieux en mesure de lutter contre la flambée des prix des aliments et les crises alimentaires qui menacent l'Afrique de l'Est et de l'Ouest.

17 Apr 2008 description
report UN Security Council

Summary

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17 Apr 2008 description

GENEVA, 17 April 2008 - The global internal displacement crisis continued to worsen in 2007, according to an annual survey released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).