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Zimbabwe launches overdue plan to assist drought-hit farmers | trust.org

Zimbabwe’s government, hit by worsening food insecurity, is moving to adopt more hands-on assistance to farmers, particularly those on small rain-fed plots of land. Last month, President Robert Mugabe launched the country’s first Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which aims to address climate change and other environmental problems that have vexed farmers. EXPORTER TURNED IMPORTER The launch comes as the ...

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Improving the measurement of food security | ReliefWeb

Although food security measurement has been substantially expanded in recent decades, there persists significant dissatisfaction with existing measurement systems, especially in the wake of the global food and financial crisis. In this paper we first set out a list of criteria that an ideal food security measurement system should satisfy. We then benchmark existing indicators and measurement systems against those ...

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Beyond the hype of ‘climate wars’ | IRIN Global

JOHANNESBURG, 29 October 2012 (IRIN) – A new study set in East Africa, one of the most detailed yet to examine the links between conflict and climate change, calls for a more balanced view on the issue – beyond the widely hyped “climate wars” said to be erupting over dwindling natural resources. The study’s authors are among a chorus of ...

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In a world hungry for biofuels, food security must come first | Olivier De Schutter, guardian.co.uk

Growing crops for food and fuel together can work but farmers and policymakers must prioritise hungry people and think local Posted by Olivier De Schutter, Wednesday 17 October 2012 Does a U-turn in Brussels spell the end for biofuels? There is no doubting that plans to revise EU biofuel targets downwards mark a major turning point. While failing to go ...

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Impact of climate change on food prices is underestimated, Oxfam warns | guardian.co.uk

Climate change’s impact on future food prices is being underestimated, Oxfam warned in a report on Wednesday. The development charity predicts that massive price spikes will be a devastating blow to the world’s poorest people who today spend up to 75% of their income on food…. Its report, Extreme Weather, Extreme Price, suggests extreme weather events such as droughts and ...

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U.N. calls on nations to adopt drought policies | The AP via USATODAY.com

By John Heilprin, Associated Press GENEVA – The world urgently needs to adopt drought-management policies as farmers from Africa to India struggle with lack of rainfall and the United States endures the worst drought it has experienced in decades, top officials with the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. The World Meteorological Organization says the U.S. drought and its ripple effects ...

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SYRIA: Three million people need food aid: UN | IRIN Middle East

DUBAI, 2 August 2012 (IRIN) – The Syrian conflict has left up to three million people in need of food assistance and agricultural support in the next year, according to the UN and the Syrian government. Family income has dropped; the cost of fuel is rising; remittances are down; farmers and herders have lost their assets and livelihoods; the wheat ...

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