RedskyNews Category: Global Food Crisis

Thai Floods Affect Food Prices

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Floods have inundated farms and some rice mills in central parts of Thailand, threatening to delay at least 300,000 tonnes of exports due for shipment mainly to Indonesia and Africa this month. Swollen rivers were hampering the

100 Million Chinese Farmer’s Exodus

BEIJING — More than 100 million Chinese farmers will move to cities by 2020, posing huge challenges for urban planners and already stretched social welfare systems, according to a new official forecast. China has seen an unprecedented wave of urbanisation

Philippine Bananas Under Threat

MANILA — A disease that has ravaged banana plantations across Southeast Asia could wipe out the Philippine industry in three years unless the government finds a cure, a growers’ group warned Monday. The disease, called Fusarium wilt, is caused by

Debt Ridden Farmers Commit Suicide

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Floods Drown Asia’s Rice Bowl

Massive floods have ravaged vast swathes of Asia’s rice bowl, threatening to further drive up food prices and adding to the burden of farmers who are among the region’s poorest, experts say. About 1.5 million hectares (3.7 million acres) of

Soil Threatens Food Security

FAO chief Jacques Diouf on Wednesday warned that pressure on the world’s soil resources and land degradation were threatening global food security. Diouf called for “a renewed international effort to assure sufficient fertile and healthy soils today and for future

Food Airlifted To Irene Victims

US National Guard helicopters began taking food and water today to towns cut off by flooding after the rainy remnants of Hurricane Irene took inland areas of New England and upstate New York by surprise. Emergency Management spokesman Mark Bosma

33 Dead In Pakistan Floods

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains swept through a village in northwestern Pakistan, killing 33 people and leaving dozens others missing, disaster management officials said Friday. The floods hit the remote Kundian Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Humans Need 3 Earths By 2050

The World Wild Life fund says three planets worth of natural resources will be needed by the middle of this century if current consumption rates continue. The group’s Australian CEO, Demot O’Gorman, told a meeting at Adelaide Town Hall the

Population Deepens Water Crisis

Population growth and water stress are driving Earth to a food and environmental crunch that only better farming techniques and smarter use of the ecosystem will avert, a UN report issued on Monday said. The number of humans is expected

World Population To Hit 7 Billion

The world population will reach seven billion later this year, with increases in the number of people in Africa off-setting a drop in the birth rate elsewhere, according to a new French study. Looking much further ahead, the National Institute

Food Prices Threaten The Poor

Food prices near record peaks and volatility in commodity markets are driving the lives of the world’s poorest people to the edge of survival, the World Bank warned Monday. Global food prices in July were 33 percent higher than a

Famine Spreads To Mogadishu

Famine spread to three new regions of Somalia, including the capital Mogadishu, as a US senator warned the catastrophe could be worse than the Ethiopian famine that claimed nearly 1 million lives in the 1980s. The new famine areas designated

Children Abandoned On Roadsides

Desperate Somali mothers are abandoning their dying children by the roadside as they travel to overwhelmed emergency food centres in drought-hit eastern Africa, United Nations officials say. The UN has urged “massive” action for the drought-stricken Horn of Africa region,

New Global Crisis Looms

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – Soaring food and energy prices, the global financial crisis, Greece’s debt woes. One-off events? Not according to environmental business consultant Paul Gilding, who believes these are mere ripples before a major crisis hits the world. Gilding,

UN Declares Famine In Somalia

The UN officially declared famine in two southern Somalia regions Wednesday as the world slowly mobilised to save 12 million people battling hunger in the region’s worst drought in 60 years. The United States urged Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels controlling