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Land sold off and used for biofuels could have fed 1 billion people: report | RT

2 million kilometers of foreign purchased land in developing countries is either idle or used for Western biofuel production, according to a British charity. Oxfam’s report estimates an area the size of London is sold every six days. The report states that between 2000 and 2010, 60% of investment in agricultural land by foreign traders occurred in developing countries with ...

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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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Almost a billion go hungry worldwide | The Independent

by  Sarah Morrison An unparalleled number of severe food shortages has added 43 million to the number of people going hungry worldwide this year. And millions of children are now at risk of acute malnutrition, charities are warning. One week ahead of David Cameron’s “hunger summit”, they say that unless action is taken urgently, many more could fall victim. For ...

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FACTBOX-Regions where water disputes are fuelling tensions | AlertNet

(AlertNet) – Disputes over water are common around the world, exacerbated by climate change, growing populations, rapid urbanisation, increased irrigation and a rising demand for alternative energy sources such as hydroelectricity. Following are a few of the regions where competition for water from major rivers systems is fueling tension: South Asia, Central Asia, Nile Basis, Tigris-Euphrates River system, Jordan River ...

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From Sudan, a New Wave of Lost Boys | NYTimes.com

YIDA, South Sudan — Thousands of unaccompanied children are streaming out of an isolated, rebellious region of Sudan, fleeing a relentless aerial assault and the prospect of famine. Sent by their parents on harrowing odysseys across battlefields and malaria-infested swamps, the children are repeating one of the most sordid chapters of Sudanese history: the perilous flight of the so-called Lost ...

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Saudi Arabia pledges $3.5bn for Yemen | updatednews.ca

Saudi Arabia has pledged $3.5bn in aid to Yemen, which is facing political instability and a possible humanitarian catastrophe. Seven aid agencies have warned the country is on the brink of a food crisis, with nearly half the population lacking sufficient food. A string of seven major humanitarian groups have issued a joint appeal for donations – one day ahead of ...

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Yemen starving as world stands by: aid groups | Reuters via CNBC

LONDON (Reuters) – Almost half of Yemen’s population does not have enough food to eat and world powers are unwilling to help because of the unstable political situation, seven aid agencies said on Wednesday. The charities called for urgent aid to avert a catastrophe as representatives from Western and Arab Gulf nations were meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh to ...

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South Kordofan: Sudan’s latest humanitarian hotspot | GlobalPost

Omar al-Bashir’s government is waging a brutal war against the people of South Kordofan. As Sudan’s army fights anti-government rebels, an estimated 1 million civilians suffer from daily air strikes that threaten their lives and prevent them from growing crops. The situation is fast becoming another humanitarian crisis to equal Darfur, but the international community has barely responded. NUBA MOUNTAINS, ...

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