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Food Crisis Moves to the Center Stage of Global Concerns

SOMALIA: Rising Food Prices Add to Woes
By Abdurrahman Warsameh
MOGADISHU - Ali Yusuf is a porter at Mogadishu's main Bakara market. He works as much as 12 hours a day, ferrying people's shopping from the market to their homes to earn a living and support his family of eight. But soaring food prices are hitting him hard.
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LATIN AMERICA: Factors in Climbing Food Prices - A Baker's Dozen
By Humberto Márquez CARACAS - Where today's high food prices are concerned, there are 13 villains of the piece: the structural and circumstantial causes associated with supply and demand, according to the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA), which says that to tackle them, regional cooperation is essential.

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DEVELOPMENT: 'Food Production Must Rise 50 Percent'
By Sabina Zaccaro
ROME - Food production must rise 50 percent by 2030 to meet increasing demand, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders as they started a summit to deal with food price crisis.

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CHINA: 'Food Scarcity Creating New World Order'
By Antoaneta Bezlova
BEIJING - Unprecedented food scarcity is beginning to dictate the rules of a new political order where individual countries are scrambling to secure their own food supplies with little concern for the rest of the world, says the founder of the Earth Policy Institute.

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DEVELOPMENT: About Farmers, Without Farmers
By Sabina Zaccaro
ROME - Record high food prices and their impact on poor countries will dominate the three-day UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) summit of world leaders that opened Tuesday in Rome. But the solutions to the food crisis cannot be left to governments only, according to several small farmers groups running a parallel civil society food forum.

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CARIBBEAN: Mega-Farms Could Ease Food Import Bill
By Bert Wilkinson
GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Early next month, Caribbean governments will host a global forum in Caricom's regional trade bloc headquarters Guyana in hopes of attracting international investors to the languishing agriculture sector.

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CUBA: Urban Farming, More Necessary Than Ever
By Patricia Grogg
CIÉNAGA DE ZAPATA, Cuba - In spite of its soil being hard to plough, saline, shallow and stony, this Cuban municipality, the location of the largest and best preserved wetland in the Caribbean, has more than 140 farmers working in urban agriculture, a phenomenon that is important for the country's food security.

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Q&A: Lack of Food Is a "Persistent Myth"
Interview with IIED scientist Michel Pimbert* LONDON - The current food crisis has revived the myth that the world doesn't produce enough food for its six billion people, according to Michel Pimbert, author of a new study that highlights local production as a potential solution.

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DEVELOPMENT: Food Security Requires New Approach to Water
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS - The ongoing food crisis, characterised by growing shortages and rising prices of staple commodities, has far reaching implications for the world's scarce water resources, says a new study released here.
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ECONOMY-CUBA: A New Model in the Making?
By Patricia Grogg
HAVANA - Preparations for the sixth congress of Cuba's ruling Communist Party (PCC), to be held in late 2009, may speed up the "structural changes" promised by President Raúl Castro and pave the way for a development strategy more suited to present conditions, experts say.
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LATIN AMERICA: The Divorce of Agriculture and Biodiversity
By Mario Osava*
RIO DE JANEIRO - Latin America's vast biological diversity has contributed little to the region's commercial agriculture, despite being the birthplace of two of the world's four most widely consumed food crops: maize and potatoes.
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Q&A: Of Elephants, Mice and Fleas
Interview with Sylvia Borren, former executive director, Oxfam Novib
ROME - Sylvia Borren was executive director at Oxfam Novib from 1999 until Feb 2008. Before that she was programme director.
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EL SALVADOR: Poor Eating Less While Food Prices Soar
By Raúl Gutiérrez
SAN SALVADOR - Eating less is the only option left to the poorest of the poor in El Salvador, in the face of the steady rise in global food prices, which has had an impact on the domestic cost of staples like rice, beans, tortillas, milk, eggs and bread.
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PARAGUAY: Women's Cooperative Buys in Bulk to Beat Food Inflation
By David Vargas
ASUNCION - Making the old saying "cheaper by the dozen" their motto, a group of women in a poor neighbourhood of Asunción created a cooperative to buy food in bulk, in order to combat the rise in food prices.
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FINANCE: IMF "Cure" for Food Crisis Also a Cause Analysis
by Emad Mekay WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is responding to the global food crisis by doling out new emergency loans to 15 of the world's poorest nations, mostly in Africa.
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CAMBODIA: Seeing Opportunity in Rising Food Prices
By Andrew Nette
PHNOM PENH - Cambodian government sees opportunity for this impoverished country in the global rise in food prices that could help turn the fortunes for its agrarian economy.
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LATIN AMERICA: Food Price Inflation Threatens Children
By Daniela Estrada
SANTIAGO - Child malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean will be aggravated by global food shortages, even though the region produces much more food than it consumes, say experts and officials.
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HEALTH-KENYA: Months After Dump Scare, Problems Persist
By Kwamboka Oyaro NAIROBI - Every day, the Dandora dumpsite in the eastern part of Nairobi receives 2,000 tonnes of rubbish -- about half of the waste generated daily by the capital's 4.5 million people. The 12-hectare site is a low mountain of smouldering trash. Vultures and marabou storks circle overhead in anticipation of a meal.
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