In-Depth: A global food crisis

Thousands of farmers have been affected

Global sugar demand leaves Cambodian farmers landless

PHNOM PENH, Song Kong, a 56-year-old farmer in Cambodia's southern Koh Kong Province, vividly recalls the day in 2006 when a bulldozer arrived and began clearing his paddy field to make room for a sugar plantation. Since then, life has become much worse for him and 456 other families who also lost their land in Sre Ambel District.

“Before my farmland was taken from me, I was able to save at least US$1,000 every year. Now, I don't have any land, so I rely on fishing in the rice fields and streams,” said Kong, a representative of the community. He earns between US$1.25 and $2.50 per day - not enough for his family of six to live on - so there is nothing left to put aside for a safety cushion, or plan for a better future. full report

Increased hunger more 

Food security gains in Somalia “fragile”
Pakistan’s stagnant crop yields spell doom for the poor
Conflict gives rise to food crisis in northeast Nigeria
Why roads matter in Nepal

Where to watch prices
Against a global background of steadily climbing food prices, IRIN lists a selection of websites that offer some useful insights into how, why and where food is becoming more expensive.
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Rising aid costs more 

FOOD: Another crisis coming?
SAHEL: Act now to avoid another crisis, say aid agencies
LESOTHO: A mountain of challenges
BURKINA FASO: WFP expands food voucher distribution

Health affected more 

SWAZILAND: Diets downsized by financial crisis
MADAGASCAR: Stunted children means stunted lives
INDONESIA: No rice, no way
FOOD: Hunger dips but not by much

Reduced growth more 

Food insecurity, debt rise in Sri Lanka’s north
PAKISTAN: Inflation hits food security
GLOBAL: Economic slowdown to push 100m into poverty
INDONESIA: Poor hit hard as fuel prices rise

Threat of unrest more 

UGANDA: Government "won't budge on food prices"
EASTERN AFRICA: Consumers, traders feel the burn as prices skyrocket
CHAD: Prices hike, teachers strike
COMOROS: Concerns over possible social unrest

Film - Kenya's Unga Revolution
Throughout 2011, Kenyans have battled with rising prices of food and fuel, especially unga, or maize flour, the staple food for millions. IRIN's new film, Kenya's Unga Revolution, follows activist Emily Kwamboka as she takes to the streets to demand the government do something to help address the plight of ordinary Kenyans.
Government intervention more 

Removing subsidies in Zambia - the way to go?
Short-term fixes - the bane of West African agriculture
Emergency cash versus social protection in West Africa
Egypt rethinks its subsidy system for the poor

Opportunities? more 

FOOD: Spotlight on "land grab" deals
SENEGAL: Making cashews pay
UGANDA: As food prices bite, HIV-positive people turn to kitchen gardens
KENYA: Bag a farm