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Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice

In this very timely book, two of the world’s most prominent critics of the global food system, Eric Holt-Giménez and Raj Patel, dissect the causes of hunger and the food price crisis, locating them in a political economy of capitalist industrial production dominated by corporations and driven by the search for profits for the few instead of the welfare of the many.  Here, greed has played just as destructive role as in the financial sector.

Zimbabweans In Need Food Aid, Says WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says nearly 1.7 million Zimbabweans will require food assistance in the 2010/11 season despite the recent recovery of the country's troubled agriculture sector.

In a report released this week, WFP’s Jan Delbaere, points out that, "Despite the improved availability of food, up to 1.68 million people will need food assistance because prices remain comparatively high for families with low incomes and little or no access to United States dollars or South African rand."

NGO Not Affected by Cuts in Food Aid

World Vision Rwanda says it will not be affected by cuts in food aid programmes by its parent organisation, World Vision International.

The non-governmental organisation has curtailed its food aid programmes and rations in Uganda, Sudan, and Burundi as they react to increasing global food prices coupled with high food demand.

Climatic Change: Torrid Times Ahead for Less Developed Countries

Over the past few months, and in fact since the beginning of the year 2009, there has been a flurry of activities, workshops and international conference halls filled with bewildered delegates trying to craft solutions on perhaps one of the greatest challenges of our times: climatic change, and what it portends for livelihoods across the globe.

Unused Land a Concern - Agri NW

The under-utilisation of agricultural land in the North West province, transferred as part of the land reform process, is a matter of concern. This is according to Agri North West.

Agri North West president, Andries Beyers, points out that lack of ongoing economic activities on the land is contributing to the socio-economic fall in the specific rural areas and communities.

Molewa’s Plan to Boost the Poor

Social Development Minister, Edna Molewa, has pronounced that the One Stop Development Centre concept is a national programme.

The concept, which was initiated by the KwaZulu-Natal department of social development in 2008, provides a full range of social development services to children, women, elderly, youth and people with disabilities as well as families infected and affected by the scourge of HIV and AIDS.

Africa is Hungry: How Women Can Make a Difference

While some regions around the world battle with increasing obesity, much of Africa continues to experience severe food shortages, as millions of African people suffer daily from hunger. The reality of food shortages in Africa is well-known. So well known, in fact, that the average middle-class fast food eating person is generally unable to feel anything but blasé about it. There are many others, however, who do try to help, and countless organisations and programmes working to provide food for the hungry.

Gates Calls for Focus on Food Security

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has urged for a greater focus on food security.

Speaking at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, the philanthropist has argued that steps need to be taken to help the world’s poorest farmers boost their yields to not only help themselves out of poverty but also out of hunger.

Gates announced nine new grants totaling US$120 million to support small farmers.

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