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on FOOD

lots of pressures on the world right now, in that light we bring you a collection of articles from around the world on the topic of food, food inflation and possibility of more food riots …………

from ghana web:

“The ongoing popular uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East poses the question if other developing countries, including Ghana, may experience similar or other forms of uprisings in the light of the imminent global food crisis of 2011. ”

“In order to answer this question one needs to look at the underlying drivers for the uprisings in both 2008 and now.
The 2008 Food Crisis
Global riots and unrest
In 2008 riots from Haiti to Bangladesh to Egypt over the soaring costs of basic foods have brought the issue to a boiling point and catapulted it to the forefront of the world’s attention.”

read it here:

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=204866

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from business world india:

The thousands of protesters who assembled in New Delhi in the last week of February to demand lower food prices have gone back and the feverish rise in prices seems to have cooled. Officials may be heaving a sigh of relief, but the relief may only be temporary. Food insecurity may become the new normal not just in India, but for the world. While the problem is global, however, it is national governments who need to deal with hunger and food riots.

read it here:

http://www.businessworld.in/bw/2011_03_12_Lets_Avoid_Food_Riots.html

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from rediff: top 1o importers and exporters of food

read it here:

http://www.rediff.com/business/slide-show/slide-show-1-worlds-top-10-exporters-and-importers-of-food/20110315.htm

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from the star:

“Food inflation is rampant the world over. In Tunisia — and to some extent in Egypt — it actually led to the toppling of the government following riots over high food prices. West Asia and North Africa too have seen similar — and huge — protests over the hardships people are faced with due to runway inflation.”

read it here:

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2011/3/6/lifefocus/8168530&sec=lifefocus

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from business world manila:

“The genomes of most major crops have been sequenced and we, therefore, see the possibility of a major agricultural revolution. With the right technology, sensible food policies, proper investments in poor countries, and common-sense food consumption in rich countries, the world can avoid becoming a “basket case” and transform itself into a “bread basket.”

read it here:

http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?title=Basket%20case%20to%20bread%20basket?&id=27960

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and from foreign policy:

“As France assumes the presidency of the G-20 this year, trouble is brewing in the commodities markets. During our country’s leadership over the next nine months, we are determined to head off crisis before it strikes the world’s poor, as high food and oil prices did just three years ago.”

read it here:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/03/14/how_the_g20_can_prevent_a_food_crisis

“Stop the Global Land Grab”

is it safe to say that food prices and food inflation will be talked about for years to come?…………..you betcha

“NGOs don’t mobilise people, desperation mobilises people,” said a Cambodian land activist as he related the experience of Boeung Kak villagers who were driven off their land by their own government to make way for corporate profiteering.”

“Land grabbing emerged as the hot topic in this year’s forum. The phenomenon is defined as taking possession of and/or controlling a scale of land for commercial or industrial agricultural production, which is disproportionate in size in comparison to the average land holding in the region. Stories from Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, India, Brazil and Mozambique illustrate that the phenomenon is widespread and the consequences can be dire. Land investments from overseas to secure food supplies and biofuels, speculation and resource extraction are the major drivers of this phenomenon.”

read more here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/12/global-land-grab-farmers

Soaring Inflation in Argentina

a must read………………….

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/world/americas/06argentina.html?src=twrhp

United Nations warns food prices could rise 40% in the next decade

1/4 of US  grain fuels cars not people. look for more riots in the future

read more here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/jun/15/food-prices-rise-un-report

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jan/22/quarter-us-grain-biofuels-food

Land grab for food

“Land grabs have grabbed global attention. It’s on the agenda at theWorld Economic Forum this week, and as the trend for large land acquisitions accelerates, it has moved from being primarily a story about Middle Eastern petrodollars pouring into Africa, to a much more widely spread phenomenon affecting many parts of south-east Asia, such as the Phillipines, as well as Latin America.

In Cambodia, 15% of land has been signed over to private companies since 2005, a third of which are foreign. A new set of research studies from the International Land Coalition find the competition for landincreasingly global and unequal.

Many of the deals are shrouded in secrecy, so the scale of what is happening is not clear, nor is it clear who is benefiting from these deals; a number of new reports try to tease these issues out, such as theInternational Institute for Environment and Development‘s analysis of legal contract, which is published on Monday.

read more here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jan/28/africa-land-grabs-food-security

how will planet earth cope with 7 billion people?

The population explosion

“This year, there will be 7 billion people on Earth. But how will the planet will cope with the expanding population – and is there anything we can, or should, do to stop it?”

it happens this year. read more here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/14/population-explosion-seven-billion

weather playing havoc with food prices

“Cyclone Yasi’s arrival in Queensland propels sugar prices to record high”

“Cyclone Yasi pushed global commodity prices to record highs and will exact a heavy toll on the world economy and the state of Queensland, City analysts warned today.”

“The price of sugar hit a 30-year high in New York as analysts warned that up to half the state’s crop this year could be destroyed by the cyclone. The cyclone also helped push copper and tin prices to a new high.”

read more here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/02/cyclone-yasi-sugar-prices-record-high