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World food prices jumped 10 percent in July: World Bank
Aug. 31, 2012 -
The food shortages affect Africa and the Middle East the most, but the pressure is being felt world-wide.
- World food prices jumped 10 percent in July as drought parched crop lands in the United States and Eastern Europe, the World Bank said in a
statement urging governments to shore up programs that protect their most vulnerable populations.
- Source: Reuters
World food prices rise further, raising fears of unrest
Apr. 6, 2012 - Global food prices have gone up for three straight months and the prospect for the future is not good. Rising food
prices was one of the main reasons for the Arab Spring uprisings last year in the Middle East and North Africa.
- The FAO index, which measures monthly price changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, averaged 215.9 points in March, up
from a revised 215.4 points in February, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.
- Source: Reuters
Famine in 2011
Dec. 27, 2011 - There is a huge problem with hunger in Somalia, but analysts believe that this, and most other great famines, are
less a product of drought, and more the result of corrupt or incapable politics.
The world-changing Arab Spring of this year began with a revolt against rising food prices. Our planet now has 7 billion people, and most
of them are very poor.
- Food Crisis and Urban Riots...
- Still about half of the planet lives on less than $2.50 a day and 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.25 per day. These people live
primarily on a plant based diet with wheat bread, corn or rice providing the bulk of calories. - hubpages
'Three Famines': A Struggle Shared Across The Globe - NPR
- Poverty Facts and Stats - "According to UNICEF, 22,000 children
die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the
conscience of the world." - Global Issues
Somalia famine: UN warns of 750,000 deaths
- Aug. 5, 2011 - Famine has already claimed tens of thousands of lives in Somalia's worst drought in 60 years, and the situation is escalating rapidly.
- "In total, 4 million people are in crisis in Somalia, with 750,000 people at risk of death in the coming four months in the absence of adequate response," the UN's Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) says.
- Source: BBC
Southern Drought, High Demand = High Food Prices?
- Aug. 30, 2011 - While parts of the nation are flooding, other parts are suffering an intense drought. Some parts
of Texas haven't had any rain since last fall. Other states that are also affected are western Oklahoma, southern
New Mexico, and parts of southern Kansas. The result of the drought is poor food and hay production. This problem
could soon affect the rest of the country by elevating food prices.
- The Texas drought is the worst on record for a single year and has so far cost $5 billion.
- Source: CBN
Somalia food crisis reaching 'unimaginable proportions'
- Jul. 4, 2011 - UN refugee head Antonio Guterres calls the current plight of starving children in Somalia a
"human tragedy of unimaginable proportions." The worst drought in 60 years and ongoing violence in Somalia has
resulted in the displacement of one quarter of the country's 7.5 million people.
- The warning comes as the UK aid agencies Oxfam, Save the Children, and the Red Cross launch emergency appeals
in response to the food crisis which is affecting more than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa.
- Source: Metro UK
- July 20, 2011 Update: UN declares Somalia famine - BBC
Child dies every six minutes in Somalia famine - The Sun
UN: Food prices hit record high in February
Mar. 3, 2011 -
The recent protests in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere, have been partially caused by skyrocketing food prices. According
to the Food and Agriculture Organization its food price index was up 2.2 percent last month. This is the highest monthly
rise since January 1990 when the agency started monitoring prices. It is alsot he eighth consecutive month that food
prices had risen.
- Global food prices are the highest in 20 years and could increase further because of rising oil prices stemming
from the unrest in Libya and the Mideast, a U.N. agency warned Thursday.
- Source: Yahoo
Top Dem Strategist: Soaring Prices Will Sink Obama in 2012 - NewsMax
- Ethiopia’s rebels issue famine alert
- Channel 6 News
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