RedskyNews Category: Global Food Crisis

Global Effort Needed In Africa

Britain’s aid secretary has urged the global community to help people in drought-hit east Africa avoid a “catastrophe”. It comes as the UK pledged $80 million in emergency aid to help millions of people affected by the disaster. The United

GreenPeace Destroys GM Wheat

Greenpeace protesters have broken into a CSIRO experimental farm in Canberra to destroy a crop of genetically modified wheat. In the early hours of this morning a group of Greenpeace protesters scaled the fence of the CSIRO experimental station at

India’s Food Security Crisis

The proposed introduction of the Food Security Act by the UPA Government is a welcome and much needed step towards securing the right to food for all of India’s citizens. The right to food is the basis of the right

Rudd Pledges Aid For Africans

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has announced Australia will contribute more than $11 million to help African drought victims. The UN says 12 million people are being affected by the worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in nearly 60

Food Prices Surge As China Floods

ZHUJI, China, Jun (Reuters) – Torrential rain across southern and eastern China which has killed more than 100 people and triggered the evacuation of half a million has left large areas of farmland devastated as food prices surge, state media

Millions To Be Gripped By Hunger

Oxfam called on Tuesday for an overhaul of the world’s food system, warning that in a couple of decades, millions more people would be gripped by hunger due to population growth and climate-hit harvests. A “broken food system” means that

Arsenic Found In Fish In Taiwan

The New Taipei City Department of Agriculture has launched an investigation into allegations that arsenic-tainted fish are being distributed for sale to wet markets in the Taipei area. The media report that made the allegations added that officials and consumers

UN Slashes Food Aid To Nepal

There are reports the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) is scaling down its operations in Nepal – one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, as well as one of the hungriest. The organisation says a lack

Population Boom Fuels Food Crisis

The United Nations says the world’s population is growing faster than expected and predicts it will hit seven billion by the end of this year. It warns there are particular risks for Africa, where the population is expected to triple

Japan To Review Food Distribution

Tokyo (CNN) — The Japanese government is re-evaluating restrictions on the sale and distribution of produce in areas where radiation has been recorded, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Monday. Farmers have been pushing Japanese authorities to lower standards

Kenya Biofuel Project Opposed

Environmental goups Wednesday protested an expansive project to grow jatropha in Kenya for biofuels, arguing that such production would emit more carbon than fossil fuels. The Kenyan franchise of Italy’s Nuove Iniziative Industriali is planning to farm 50,000 hectares of

Radiation Could Affect Food Chain

Radioactive materials spewed into the air by Japan’s earthquake-crippled nuclear plant may contaminate food and water resources, with children and unborn babies most at risk of possibly developing cancer. Experts said exposure to radioactive materials has the potential to cause

On-Going Drought Cripples China

Yu Ruicheng’s weathered face creases with worry as she stands on her dry wheat field in eastern China, where a record drought is threatening to send soaring global food prices even higher. “If it doesn’t rain next month, we won’t

Disease Threatens Food Security

Scientists believe stem rust, which looks like red dust on wheat, could threaten global food security. A new strain of the disease is spreading throughout eastern and southern Africa and researchers say it could arrive in Australia on high winds.

Severe Food Shortage In N Korea

Five American aid agencies report the food shortage in North Korea has become severe. They are appealing for quick assistance to feed the isolated country’s most vulnerable people. There are hurdles, however, to resuming aid to North Korea. The five

Food Prices At Dangerous Levels

Global food prices have hit “dangerous levels” that could contribute to further political instability by pushing millions more people into poverty, the World Bank warned in a report released on Tuesday. It found that global food prices had jumped 29