Food and Agriculture : Newsfile

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  • Biofuel gold rush hits Africa

    12 September 2008

    Large areas of land in Africa could be taken over to grow crops that will be turned into fuel (biofuel) to power vehicles. But the needs oflocal people are being aside in what threatens to be a new andinsidious form of colonialism, says Horand Knaup, writing in Business Week.

  • Well farmed fish could help feed the world

    10 September 2008

    Nearly half of the seafood eaten today is farmed. And while aquaculture is often equated with pollution, habitat degradation, and health risks, this explosive growth in fish farming may in fact be the most hopeful trend in the world's troubled food system, according to a new report by a leading US think tank.

  • Nearly half sub-Saharan children malnourished

    10 August 2008

    Despite past efforts by governments and aid agencies, undernutrition still affects 2-3 billion people worldwide. And, a new report reveals, the numbers affected are growing steadily worse in Africa.

  • 14 million in East Africa threatened by hunger

    24 July 2008

    Aid agencies are warning that more than 14 million people in east Africa require urgent food aid due to drought and spiralling cereal and fuel prices, An appeal is being made for funds, but Oxfam's chief executive says these appeals happen year after year because the world consistently fails to address adequately the underlying causes of such crises. This report from The Guardian newspaper is by Xan Rice in Nairobi.

  • Biofuels are forcing poor off their land

    22 July 2008

    The global biofuels boom risks harming poor people in poor countries by forcing them off land they depend on, says a new UN-backed report. But not all biofuels are bad, it says.

  • Secret World Bank report delivers blow to biofuels drive

    4 July 2008

    Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75 per cent - far more than previously estimated - according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by The Guardian.

  • Mubarak calls for African farming drive

    30 June 2008

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has called on African countries to implement a comprehensive agriculture development plan to increase agricultural production through expanding plantations and making efficient use of water resources, the Xinhua news agency reports.

  • Biofuel invaders could cost billions more dollars

    13 June 2008

    Countries should avoid planting crops for biofuels that stand a high risk of becoming invasive species, according to a recent report. The giant reed (Arundo donax), for example, is a proposed biofuel crop from West Asia which is already invasive in parts of North and Central America.

  • Food summit 'important first step'

    6 June 2008

    This week's UN food summit in Rome was an important first step in tackling the food crisis but greater action is now needed to resolve the crisis, says Oxfam.

  • Ban Ki-moon urges 'bold and urgent' steps to tackle global food crisis

    5 June 2008

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders gathered at a United Nations summit in Rome to take "bold and urgent" steps to tackle the global food crisis, including boosting food production and revitalizing agriculture to ensure long-term food security.