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Agriculture needs massive investment to avoid hunger, scientists warn | guardian.co.uk

Billions more investment is needed in agriculture and food distribution systems around the world in the next few years, if widespread hunger is to be avoided, according to a group of leading scientists. If that investment is directed towards sustainable forms of agriculture, then farming can also be made into a weapon in the fight against dangerous global warming, they ...

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Somalia’s population in crisis; Connecticut residents, agencies provide humanitarian aid (slide show, video) | The New Haven Register

Take all 817,000 children under the age of 18 in Connecticut and imagine that most of them were at risk of dying in the next few months if they did not get help. That’s the scope of a humanitarian crisis in Somalia that has mostly been overlooked here as news coverage focuses on U.S. unemployment and politics. For more on ...

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Why the Food Market Will Be the Next Bubble to Burst | AlterNet

Private investment firms are betting on hunger, and their reasoning, unfortunately, is sound. Residential real estate may be slumping, but ag land is booming. In Iowa, farmland prices have never been higher, having increased a whopping 34 percent in the past year, according to The Des Moines Register. The boom is driven in part by agribusiness expansion, but also by ...

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Poverty and food insecurity rise in the US | Al Jazeera English

After touring food banks across Tennessee, Marcia Wells was not surprised by the latest statistics showing that more Americans are living in poverty today than at any time since the Census Bureau began first publishing the number 52 years ago. In the US, 2.6 million people fell into poverty last year, the bureau reported on Tuesday. There are now 46.2 ...

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UGANDA: Risk of starvation in Karamoja region IRIN Africa

ABIM, 27 July 2011 (IRIN) – Several districts in Uganda will need urgent relief aid to mitigate the risk of starvation following poor rains that have affected this year’s harvest, the Minister for Disaster Preparedness warned. Most of the affected districts are in Karamoja where the situation was particularly unique because crop failure and a prolonged drought had aggravated the ...

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Annan Cites Africa as Answer to Global Food Crisis | WSJ

The number of hungry people in the world is set to top one billion again this year as rising food prices push millions more into poverty, the former secretary general of the United Nations warned Saturday. Speaking at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Kofi Annan said the increasing gap between population and food production growth may turn this year’s ...

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ZIMBABWE: Desperate measures in times of hunger | IRIN Africa

“Between 220,000 and 250,000 rural households in Zimbabwe live in extreme poverty and are food insecure. These households include between 620,000 and 700,000 vulnerable children,” according to a joint report by UNICEF and the government called “A Situational Analysis on the State of Women’s and Children’s Rights in Zimbabwe: 2005-2010.” Nationwide about 3.5 million children were living below the poverty line. Read ...

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