Food Security

Fortified food - persuading the private sector to do good

LONDON, 18 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - With a certain amount of fanfare, Nigeria has just officially become a middle income country. It is not the sort of country associated with widespread hunger, or a country where people normally get, or expect to get, food aid. And yet around a quarter of small children in Nigeria are underweight, and around 40 percent are stunted; they do not get enough nutritious food to reach their full physical and mental potential. full report

New US Farm Bill provides hope for food aid reform

NEW YORK, 14 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Efforts to improve the way the US government distributes roughly US$2 billion in international food aid each year achieved some successes in the recently enacted Agriculture Act of 2014 - commonly referred to as the Farm Bill - but the food aid mechanism used by the world’s largest donor continues to prioritize the needs of US commercial interests. full report

New IRIN film: The Zebu and the Zama

NAIROBI, 14 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - In the Zones Rouges of southern Madagascar, economic opportunities are scarce, as is any presence of the state: the police are particularly absent from most villages. full report

Back to the ballot-box - Guinea-Bissau seeks stability

BISSAU, 11 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Guinea-Bissau observers doubt that the long-delayed post-coup presidential election set for 13 April will be sufficient to jolt the country back to stability. But there are hopes that the polls will restore constitutional order, revive donor support and stabilize the economy. full report

Hunger in Myanmar’s “dry zone”

BAGAN, 10 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt. full report

Priced out of food in the CAR

BANGUI, 10 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The mass exodus of Muslims from the Central African Republic (CAR) amid insecurity is having an adverse impact on access to basic foodstuffs, say retailers and local people. full report

Questions over Karamoja food security plan

KAMPALA, 8 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Aid agencies are giving out food relief in Uganda’s arid northeastern Karamoja region earlier than usual due to greater food insecurity, which locals and experts blame on the failures of a key government food security plan launched five years ago. full report

Drought begins to bite in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 4 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Sri Lanka has had six months of drought and could face severe crop losses and electricity shortages if the coming monsoon is as weak as forecasts predict, experts say. full report

Mutant wheat fungus alarms food experts

JOHANNESBURG, 2 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Outbreaks of a deadly fungal disease in wheat crops in Germany and Ethiopia in 2013 have had the scientific community buzzing over the threat posed to global food security. full report

Smartcard plan to attack Egypt’s fuel crisis

CAIRO, 31 March 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Fuel subsidies in Egypt account for 22 percent of the state’s annual budget, taking funds away from other sectors like health and education. The government believes an ambitious five-year scheme, starting with a fuel smartcard roll-out, will reduce and rationalize fuel consumption, circumvent widespread corruption and phase out fuel subsidies. full report

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