food shortage

Water Access Vital to US Foreign Interests, Congress Told

Sept. 13, 2015 - Access to water is critical to a secure world, subcommittees of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was told. More than 200 armed conflicts in recent history have been fought, at least in part, because of disputes about water, the committee was informed at a hearing last week. Watch the video at full story.

Food Security Impacted by Extreme Weather, Task Force Reports

Aug. 14 - The future supply of food for the world's population is becoming increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, a UK-US research group said in a report. Governments and organizations should take steps to reduce risk if they are to meet a 60% increase in food demand by 2050, it said.

Syria: Food Aid in Crisis, Assistance Slow in Coming

Aug. 4, 2015 - A $65 million donation by the United States last week helped the World Food Programme continue its food program for Syrians fleeing war. But the UN food agency said it still requires more to provide food aid for about 4 million displaced Syrians.

Middle East Food Crisis Grows With Conflict

July 13 - As early harvests of grain come in from the fields in the Middle East, Iraq is facing shortages because of war-related problems farmers had in obtaining seed and also in distribution problems that began at the storage silos and continued through the supply chain to the point of household rations dispersals, according to press reports and UN Food and Agriculture Organization reports.

A July 12 Wall Street Journal story quoted the FAO's country brief on Iraq, which said "Food prices in Anbar are the highest of all governorates, around 58 percent above the prices in Baghdad."