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South Africa’s inaugural food bank opens its doors in Philippi

Millions of people in South Africa do not know where their next meal is coming from, but this is set to change after the launch of FoodBank South Africa in Cape Town on Monday.

An historic Memorandum of Agreement between FoodBank South Africa and the government has been signed by national Minister for Social Development Zola Skweyiya, creating the largest Foodbank in Africa. This follows 18 months of preparatory research and discussion initiated by the Global FoodBanking Network, a US-based initiative, and the South Africa Forum for Food Sustainability.

Motlanthe Urges Africa Use Land for Food

President Kgalema Motlanthe has urged African countries to prioritise land for food production following recent experiences of social unrest caused by communities unhappy with global food inflation.

Speaking at the first extraordinary summit of the African Peer Review Forum in Benin, Motlanthe warned that farmers around the continent are being enticed to switch to biofuel crops, which could result in less land available for food production and a rise in food prices.

Lessons From the Food Crisis

Small farmers in developing countries have not benefited from higher food prices, thanks in part to flawed trade and agricultural policies that have made them vulnerable and weakened their positions in markets, said international agency Oxfam in a new report released on 16 October 2008, World Food Day.

Red Cross to Cut Costs

The Red Cross is starting to look at how to cut costs ahead of an expected fall-off in funding in the wake of the global financial crisis.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) secretary-general, Bekele Geleta says rising food prices and the effects of climate change are compounding matters.

Geleta argues that disasters such as drought and flooding were becoming "more intense and more frequent.”

EU Donates €15 Million Food Aid to East Africa

The European Commission (EU) has announced €15 million of emergency food aid for victims of drought and soaring food prices in five east African countries.

EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, Louis Michel, points out that: "In some parts of the world, a major catastrophe is brewing because growing numbers of people don’t have enough food to survive."

"The Commission has responded to these urgent needs by dramatically increasing its food assistance to the most vulnerable", says Michel.

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