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The World is Closer to a Food Crisis Than Most People Realize 26.7.2012 Commondreams.org Views
Lester Brown In the early spring this year, US farmers were on their way to planting some 96m acres in corn, the most in 75 years. A warm early spring got the crop off to a great start. Analysts were predicting the largest corn harvest on record. Food riots in Algeria in 2008. (Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images) read ...
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As world's population grows, hunger stalks more of its residents 26.7.2012 LA Times: Top News
Nearly 1 billion people are malnourished, and a child dies of hunger every 11 seconds. By 2050, farmers would have to double crop production to meet the demand.

DADAAB, Kenya — His rib cage rose and fell with tight, rapid breaths.


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Creating a Countercyclical Welfare System 24.7.2012 American Prospect
Welfare systems exist to reduce the worst excesses of poverty. When poverty increases during recessions, the welfare state is supposed to rush into countercyclical action, providing a firewall against a growth in destitution. That’s the theory, anyway. In practice, it’s never been the case. In recent years in particular, the American welfare system has increasingly shed itself of this key obligation. In 1996, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)—the welfare system established in 1935 as part of the Social Security Act—was scrapped in favor of a more limited system, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). But in the Great Recession that began in 2008, TANF has proved a total disaster. Unemployment doubled in many states, but in most of them, the number of TANF enrollees either increased only marginally or decreased. It wasn’t always that way. “AFDC used to be countercyclical,” says economist James Ziliak of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Poverty Research. The ...
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US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s 23.7.2012 Twincities.com: News
WASHINGTON—The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.
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Harvest a better farm bill 23.7.2012 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Harvest a better farm bill
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US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s 22.7.2012 Boston Globe: Latest
US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s
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U.S. Poverty Could Reach Highest Level Since 1960s 22.7.2012 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war...
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Palestinian prisoner's hunger strike goes 100 days 22.7.2012 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Palestinian officials say that a prisoner in an Israeli jail who has refused food for more 100 days is now on the longest Palestinian hunger strike ever.
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Palestinian prisoner seeks early release after hunger strike reaches 100 days 22.7.2012 Star Tribune: World
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US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s 22.7.2012 Yahoo: Business
The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.
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Farm Bill Budget Cuts Will Mean Millions of Americans Go Hungry 21.7.2012 Commondreams.org Views
John Turner

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

So said President Franklin D Roosevelt, over 75 years ago, in his second inaugural address. This idea could not be any more important than now, when the health of millions of children, their families and older adults are in danger.

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Yemen Food Crisis: People Left Without Aid as Funding Fails to Arrive 20.7.2012 Commondreams.org Newswire

Tens of thousands of people will be left without aid in Yemen’s hunger crisis unless more money is urgently given to the aid effort, Oxfam and Islamic Relief warned today. Nearly a quarter of the population are in need of emergency aid to survive because they do not have enough food to eat.

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Volunteers help feed the hungry next door 20.7.2012 Boston Globe: Massachusetts
Volunteers help feed the hungry next door
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Yemen Food Crisis: People Left Without Aid as Funding Fails to Arrive 20.7.2012 Commondreams.org Newswire

Tens of thousands of people will be left without aid in Yemen’s hunger crisis unless more money is urgently given to the aid effort, Oxfam and Islamic Relief warned today. Nearly a quarter of the population are in need of emergency aid to survive because they do not have enough food to eat.

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Million Yemen children face severe malnutrition 19.7.2012 Yahoo: Politics
SANAA (Reuters) - One million Yemeni children face severe malnutrition within months as families struggle to pay for food in one of the Arab world's poorest countries, the U.N. World Food Programme has warned. Political turmoil has pushed Yemen to the brink of a humanitarian crisis and aid agencies estimate half the country's 24 million people are malnourished. ...
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Yemen food crisis: people left without aid as funding fails to arrive 19.7.2012 Press releases
Tens of thousands of people will be left without aid in Yemen’s hunger crisis unless more money is urgently given to the aid effort, Oxfam and Islamic Relief warned today. Nearly a quarter of the population are in need of emergency aid to survive because they do not have enough food to eat. Oxfam and Islamic Relief warn of increasing hunger Tens of thousands of people will be left without aid in Yemen’s hunger crisis unless more money is urgently given to the aid eff We have the capacity to respond – plans have been prepared and staff are ready. But lack of funding is severely limiting what we can do. Colette Fearon Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen Notes to Editors Islamic Relief is helping 72,000 people with food, healthcare and other support. It wants to reach an additional 180,000 people affected by the current food crisis. Oxfam is currently distributing cash to 100,000 people in Al Hodeidah, and providing water and sanitation to ...
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Yemen's hunger crisis: lack of funds hampering humanitarian response 18.7.2012 Oxfam International RSS main feed
Oxfam’s Caroline Gluck reports on the worsening humanitarian situation in Yemen. This week (16 July 2012), the UN increased the amount of money being sought for its Yemen appeal in response to mounting needs. Some 10 million people – 44 percent of the population of Yemen – do not have enough food to eat. Yemen is now in the midst of its hunger season, before the next harvest in October and Oxfam is helping some of the most vulnerable families get through the next few critical months with cash grants to buy food. However, lack of funds are severely limiting our response. Donate Please consider helping fund our emergency work in East Africa. These Oxfam affiliates are running direct appeals for this food crisis: Related links Watch the audio slideshow: Yemen on brink of hunger catastrophe Read the report: Where There’s a Will: Tackling the humanitarian crisis in Yemen Learn more: Oxfam's response to the Yemen food crisis Some 10 million people – 44 percent of the ...
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Wrong on farm bill 18.7.2012 Salt Lake Tribune
Published Jul 18, 2012 01:01AM MDT I’m a large dairy farm calf ranch manager, and the editorial “Malnutrition: House farm bill goes the wrong way” (Our View, July 11) missed the mark in depicting a balanced view of the 2012 farm bill. In a state where around $15 billion and 65,000 jobs can be attributed to agriculture, commodity support shouldn’t be taken lightly. Even so, in 2010, the total funding for commodity programs under the farm bill was one-tenth the amount allocated to food assistance programs. Read the summary by the... ...
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On Minneapolis' North Side, two-thirds count on county aid 17.7.2012 Star Tribune: Latest
The high level of dependency has prompted Hennepin County to approve a project to examine the reasons behind it to try to lower the rate by 25 percent over five years.
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India: Food rots as people starve 16.7.2012 MinnPost
NEW DELHI, India — Never mind that a fifth of India's population remains undernourished and some 3,000 children die each day from hunger-related causes. By all appearances, India, or at least the Indian government, has too much food. Last week, after the revelation that millions of tons of improperly stored grain would be ruined by monsoon rains, India lifted a four-year ban on wheat exports and cleared the way for the state-owned Food Corporation of India to send 2 million tons overseas. It also approved the release some 8 million tons of grain into the domestic market. Shipping grain abroad while millions starve in India has elicited a strong response from critics. “This is unpardonable. I see no reason why it is happening,” said farm policy analyst Devinder Sharma. “It is because there is no political will to feed the hungry that people are dying, not because there is no food.” On paper, that hardly seems to be the case. India spends about $14 billion a year, or 1 percent of ...
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