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21 November 2011 – Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA): Sahel grapples with food insecurity

November 21, 2011

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Drought and food shortages are affecting more than 7-million people in the six countries of the western Africa Sahel region (Niger, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria and Burkina Faso).  Erratic rains and ever increasing prices of rice are causing deep concerns within the region and among donor nations.  Niger and Mauritania have already declared a crisis […]

21 November 2011 – The Guardian (London): Water and food shortages in the Gulf threaten economic growth but also present new opportunities

November 21, 2011

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  The story discusses the vulnerability of the oil-rich Gulf states with reference to food and water security.  The six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are increasingly worried about food and water stresses on the populations and industries.  Petroleum extraction and oil production are water intensive industries.  The problems of expensive fresh water […]

Synopsis: 07 ~ 21 November, 2011

November 21, 2011

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The Food Security Updates newsletter is still in a state of evolution.  We’re trying something a little different this week by adding a table of contents at the end of the synopsis.  The hope is that you will be able to find stories that you are most interested in faster than before.  Please let us […]

November 2011 (Undated) – IFAD The International Fund for Agricultural Development/ Special program of the UN): The future of world food and nutrition security >>> Investing in smallholder agriculture – an international priority

November 21, 2011

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This particular webpage is not quite a news story, but it does present findings on the growing need for local, small scale agriculture.  Though the report, behind the website, focuses on developing nations, this is a model for many European and rural North American communities. Click here for the full story

19 November 2011 – CRI Online (China Radio International, Bejing): UN Calls for More Aid to Reverse Famine in Somalia

November 19, 2011

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  The United Nations is calling for additional aid to the east African nation of Somalia.  The nation has been in a civil war since the 90’s and has been suffering under a sever drought for the past three years.  Some areas have improved, but in order to sustain the gains  additional relief supplies will […]

19 November 2011 – Z6 Mag (Dateline Unavailable): Food Shortage at Salvation Army for Thanksgiving 2011

November 19, 2011

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  In a scenario that we have been watching unfold, Z6 Magazine reports that Salvation Army food pantries across the United States have been running low on food this year.  Though the shortage has been going on for some time, it is particularly noticeable around the holidays when more news outlets traditionally give more coverage […]

18 November 2011 – The Taiwan News (Taipei): Aid groups: 2 million Afghans face food shortages

November 18, 2011

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  Nine international aid agencies, operating in Afghanistan are reporting that more than 2-million people are suffering famine as a result of this year’s continued drought and high snow fall making village access difficult for regular commercial and aid deliveries.   Click here for the full story

16 November 2011 – IRIN (United Nations): CLIMATE CHANGE: A quick guide to what drives adaptation

November 16, 2011

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    This is a setup piece for the UN sponsored Framework Convention on Climate Change talks that will be taking place in Durban, South Africa, November 28th ~ December 9th, 2011.   In short, the UN authors are quite gloomy about nations reaching any further accords to reducing global greenhouse gases.  They site the […]

15 November 2011 – NuWireInvestor (New York): US Drought Drives Up Food Prices

November 15, 2011

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  According to an investment newsletter, NuWire Investor, the average Thanksgiving diner will cost 13% more this year than it did in 2010.  The newsletter quotes the source for this information as the American Farm Bureau and blames the drought in the American Southwest as the reason for the price increase.  Additionally, the National Climate […]

14 November 2011 – Korean Times (Seoul): Food crisis drives more N. Koreans to drugs, defection

November 14, 2011

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  The Korean Times is reporting that North Koreans are turning to drugs, suicide and defection as a result of the chronic food shortage that have been facing the country.  The story goes on to report that the recent currency reforms have failed and the food rationing system is not working properly.  Additionally, massive flooding […]

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