RedskyNews Category: Global Food Crisis

Livestock Diseases Ravage Africa

New assessments from International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) have spelt out how livestock diseases present ‘double trouble’ in developing countries where increasing numbers of domestic livestock and more resource-intensive production methods are encouraging animal epidemics.

Mexico Freeze Wipes Out Crops

Freezing temperatures across a wide swath of Mexico the night of Feb. 3-4 could have a huge effect on supplies of tomatoes, peppers and other winter vegetables. The freeze reached fields as far south as southern Sinaloa. Crops in the

Food Crisis For Flood-Hit Sri Lanka

A major food shortage is looming on Sri Lanka’s east coast after heavy flooding. Thousands of hectares of farmland, 75,000 cattle and several thousand more chickens have been lost to this year’s flooding.

Kenya: 5 Million To Go Hungry

Already, 1.6 million Kenyans are receiving food aid to compensate for drought and poor harvests. Government however warns the number could skyrocket to 5 million within a few months, as rains have kept failing. According to UN humanitarian sources, the

China is Running Out of Farmland

China is running out of arable farmland and water resources necessary to feed its massive population. The nation has one of the lowest ratios of arable land relative to population, and the situation has been exacerbated as industries consume scarce

Australians Charged $10 For Bread

Some people in flood-devastated Ipswich, west of Brisbane, have reported being heavily overcharged for basic food essentials. Fair Trading Minister Peter Lawlor says shoppers in Ipswich and Rockhampton, in central Queensland, have reported that some traders are charging $10 for

Disease Threatens N Korea’s Food

There are reports North Korea is suffering from an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, which threatens to exacerbate already dire food shortages. South Korea’s Yonhap newspaper is quoting an intelligence official as saying that the North is unable to

Riots in Algeria Over Food Prices

ALGIERS, Algeria – Riots over rising food prices and chronic unemployment spiraled out from Algeria’s capital on Thursday, with youths torching government buildings and shouting “Bring us Sugar!” Police helicopters circled over Algiers, and stores closed early. Security officers blocked

World Food Prices at Fresh High

Global food prices rose to a fresh high in December, according to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Its Food Price Index went above the previous record of 2008 that saw prices spark riots in several countries. Soaring sugar,

Melon Crops Rot in Wake of Floods

Farmers in Queensland’s Western Darling Downs region are counting the cost of flood damage to their melon crops. On the Boshammers’ farm near Chinchilla about 200 tonnes of waterlogged melons will be left in the sun to rot.

Acid Oceans Threaten Food Supply

Acidification of the seas linked to climate change could threaten fisheries production and is already causing the fastest shift in ocean chemistry in 65 million years, a U.N. study showed on Thursday. Production of shellfish, such as mussels, shrimp or

Warming Could Double Food Prices

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Even if we stopped spewing global warming gases today, the world would face a steady rise in food prices this century. But on our current emissions path, climate change becomes the “threat multiplier” that could double

Expert urges “Food Marshall Plan”

A UN human rights expert on Monday called on the climate change conference in Mexico to launch a “Green Marshall Plan” for agriculture to counter the impact of global warming on hunger and poverty. “Negotiations starting today in Cancun are

It’s “The End Times” for Brazil

Video Report: Months of drought in Brazil’s Amazon region is raising serious concerns about the future of the world’s biggest rainforest. The prolonged dry spell has left the Rio Negro river at its lowest level in more than a century.

Climate Change Brings Malnutrition

JOHANNESBURG, 25 November 2010 (IRIN) – In another four decades, higher average global temperatures will lead to water stress, causing food production and access to fall, which will drive an additional 24 million children into hunger, says the Intergovernmental Panel

China Students Riot Over Food Cost

A group of high school students in China smashed windows and overturned tables after their canteen hiked prices, the school’s principal said Thursday, amid growing anxiety over soaring food costs. Students at the No. 2 High School in Liupanshui city