Food politics http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25037/all en UPDATE 1-Food prices to stay high in 2013, low stocks pose risk-FAO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/update-1-food-prices-stay-high-2013-low-stocks-pose-risk-fao <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* FAO food price index falls 2 points to 209</p> <p>* Food index averages 212 in 2012, down 7 pct</p> <p>* Prices to stay high but situation may be calmer (Adds economist quotes, details, background)</p> <p>By Catherine Hornby</p> <p>ROME, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Food prices will stay at high levels in 2013 and low stocks pose the risk of sharp price increases if crops fail, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday, after its index showed prices fell for the third month running in December.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/update-1-food-prices-stay-high-2013-low-stocks-pose-risk-fao" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy crops Entertainment Food and drink Food politics Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:00:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732566 at http://www.globalpost.com Global food prices hold steady in January: UN agency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/global-food-prices-hold-steady-january-un-agency <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Global food prices held steady in January after three straight months of decline, with increased prices for cooking oils balancing out lower grain and sugar prices, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Thursday.</p> <p>The FAO said its Food Price Index remained at 209.8 in January, unchanged from December, and down slightly from 212.8 in January 2012. </p> <p>bur-rl/yad</p> Biofuels Food politics United Nations AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:31:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748628 at http://www.globalpost.com Global food prices hold steady in January: UN agency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/global-food-prices-hold-steady-january-un-agency-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Global food prices held steady in January after three straight months of decline, with increased prices for cooking oils balancing out lower grain and sugar prices, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday.</p> <p>The FAO said its Food Price Index remained at 209.8 in January, unchanged from December, and down slightly from 212.8 in January 2012.</p> <p>"The pause in the Index's decline tallies with a significant upward revision in FAO's latest forecast for 2012 world cereal production," the FAO said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/global-food-prices-hold-steady-january-un-agency-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biofuels Entertainment Food politics United Nations United Nations AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:45:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748649 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-World food prices stable, low stocks pose risk of spikes-UN http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/update-1-world-food-prices-stable-low-stocks-pose-risk-spikes-u <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* UN FAO food price index stable in Jan at 210 points</p> <p>* Crop prospects favourable for 2013 but stocks low-FAO</p> <p>* Weather shocks could lead to sharp price spikes-FAO (Adds detail)</p> <p>By Catherine Hornby</p> <p>ROME, Feb 7 (Reuters) - World food prices stabilised in January after falling in the previous three months, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday, but it warned that adverse crop weather could cause violent price spikes due to tight grains stocks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/update-1-world-food-prices-stable-low-stocks-pose-risk-spikes-u" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Biofuels Business Economy of Africa Energy crops Entertainment food Food and drink Food politics United Nations Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:15:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5748681 at http://www.globalpost.com Insurgency threatens food crisis in Central African Republic-WFP http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/insurgency-threatens-food-crisis-central-african-republic-wfp <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Insecurity in Central African Republic threatens a severe food crisis this year, the U.N. World Food Programme said on Friday, citing a doubling of prices for staples such as corn after a month-long insurgency.</p> <p>Some 800,000 people live in the central third of CAR, an area still held by the Seleka rebel coalition.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/insurgency-threatens-food-crisis-central-african-republic-wfp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Development food Food and drink Food politics Human Interest Thomson Reuters Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:00:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5756569 at http://www.globalpost.com India earmarks $1.9 bn for populist food bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/india-earmarks-19-bn-populist-food-bill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>India's government on Thursday earmarked $1.9 billion for a populist programme to combat malnutrition, a move seen as a major vote winner for the ruling Congress party in elections next year.</p> <p>The National Food Security Bill, expected to be cleared by lawmakers in the ongoing session of parliament, will subsidise the sale of huge quantities of grains to nearly 70 percent of the country's population.</p> <p>"Government is committed to the food security bill," Finance Minister P.Chidambaram said while presenting the annual budget in parliament.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/india-earmarks-19-bn-populist-food-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Food and drink Food politics Humanitarian aid AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:45:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5769373 at http://www.globalpost.com Policy shift needed to tap Africa's farm potential-World Bank http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130304/policy-shift-needed-tap-africas-farm-potential-world-bank <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - Africa's agricultural sector could become a $1 trillion industry by 2030 if governments and the private sector radically rethink policies and support for farmers, a World Bank report said on Monday.</p> <p>Africa's food market, currently valued at $313 billion a year, could triple if farmers modernized their practices and had better access to credit, new technology, irrigation and fertilizers, according to the new report "Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130304/policy-shift-needed-tap-africas-farm-potential-world-bank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biofuels Business Environment Food politics Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:02:44 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5772957 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar needs $41mln to fight massive locust plague http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/madagascar-needs-41mln-fight-massive-locust-plague <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar needs over $41 million (32 million euros) to battle a locust plague as swarms of insects blot out the sky in the south of the island nation, the Food and Agricultural Organization said Tuesday.</p> <p>The Rome-based organisation said in a statement that $22 million of the emergency funds were needed by June as the crop-destroying insects threatened the food security of over half of the country's population.</p> <p>"Currently, about half the country is infested by hoppers and flying swarms - each swarm made up of billions of plant-devouring insects," the UN organisation said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/madagascar-needs-41mln-fight-massive-locust-plague" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Food and drink Food politics AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:00:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5794293 at http://www.globalpost.com Global food prices fall on lower demand, improved supplies - World Bank http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130327/global-food-prices-fall-lower-demand-improved-supplies-world-ba <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global food prices have declined in recent months as lower demand for cereals and improved supplies pushed prices down, the World Bank said on Wednesday, warning that prices were still near record peaks and volatile.</p> <p>The World Bank's Food Price Index showed international prices of wheat fell by 11 percent, sugar by 10 percent and maize, or corn, by 6 percent during the four-month period between October 2012 and February 2013.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130327/global-food-prices-fall-lower-demand-improved-supplies-world-ba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biofuels Business Economics Food politics Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:00:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5795815 at http://www.globalpost.com Can we feed the world? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130404/can-we-feed-the-world <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> In the 1960s, the Green Revolution -- which included the development of high-yielding crop varieties, the expansion of irrigation infrastructure and the distribution of modern fertilizers and pesticides to developing-country farmers -- bolstered agricultural production worldwide. But chronic hunger remains pervasive, particularly in developing countries, which are affected most by crop shortages and food-price volatility.</p><P>By 2050, the global human population is expected to exceed 9 billion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130404/can-we-feed-the-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Development Disaster Education Food politics Politics Social Issues Technology Asianet Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:19:11 +0000 Asianet 5801812 at http://www.globalpost.com UN chief urges nations to step up poverty fight http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/un-chief-urges-nations-step-poverty-fight <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged nations around the world to do more to fulfil the goal of reducing extreme poverty and improve living standards by 2015.</p> <p>UN member states in 2000 agreed to eight targets known as Millennium Development Goals aimed to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women by 2015.</p> <p>Halving the number of people who live on less than one dollar a day by 2015 is one of the goals that was set in 2000.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/un-chief-urges-nations-step-poverty-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Development Food and drink Food politics Technology AFP Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:01:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5802245 at http://www.globalpost.com Razzaque for storage of organic agricultural produces http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130406/razzaque-storage-organic-agricultural-produces <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Food Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque on Tuesday stressed conducting more research to innovate technologies for the storage of organic agricultural produces.</p><P>“Cold storage is very expensive to store organic agro-produces like tomato and potato,” he told the inaugural session of a regional workshop in the city.</p><P>Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (Cirdap) organised the seminar at its international conference centre on improving grain storage at household level for food security in rural areas.</p><P>Local Government and Cooperative Division secretary Dr Mih</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130406/razzaque-storage-organic-agricultural-produces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Food and drink Food politics Food security Technology Asianet Sat, 06 Apr 2013 16:22:19 +0000 Asianet 5804140 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea boosts food output thanks to new farm deal - report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130411/north-korea-boosts-food-output-thanks-new-farm-deal-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Jack Kim</p> <p>SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, which has suffered chronic food shortages for decades, has had a surge in agricultural production due to a new pay-based incentive system for farmers last year, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper reported on Thursday, citing farm managers.</p> <p>As North Korea threatens war with the United States and South Korea, its soldiers are being called back to farms for spring planting in a country where millions cannot find enough to eat, defectors from the North said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130411/north-korea-boosts-food-output-thanks-new-farm-deal-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Development Food politics Politics Thomson Reuters Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:45:41 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5810129 at http://www.globalpost.com World food prices rise in March on dairy surge - FAO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130411/world-food-prices-rise-march-dairy-surge-fao <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ROME (Reuters) - Global food prices rose 1 percent in March, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday, pointing to a surge in dairy costs, while cereals prices were little changed and seen facing downward pressure in coming months.</p> <p>The Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) price index, which measures monthly price changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, averaged 212.4 points in March, up 1 percent from 210.7 in February and its highest since October 2012.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130411/world-food-prices-rise-march-dairy-surge-fao" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy crops Food and drink Food politics Thomson Reuters Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:30:46 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5810733 at http://www.globalpost.com Egypt crisis threatens food for poorest - World Food Programme http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130411/egypt-crisis-threatens-food-poorest-world-food-programme <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Emad Omar</p> <p>CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's economic crisis poses a threat to basic nutrition in the country of 84 million people where the poorest spend more than half their income on food, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday.</p> <p>WFP country director Gian Pietro Bordignon's warning underscores one of the main challenges facing President Mohamed Mursi's government as it grapples with an economic crisis caused by two years of instability.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130411/egypt-crisis-threatens-food-poorest-world-food-programme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Development Economics Food politics Thomson Reuters Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:00:57 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5812044 at http://www.globalpost.com