Compiled by Dr. Mark B. Durieux

These are free and readily available web-based resources which I feel are worth looking at for information on the topic at hand. Resource links are followed by keywords and one to three key quotes extracted from the resource. If you’re relatively new to a subject and would like to explore it without getting lost in a "forest" of search engine results, this compilation should help. If some of the keywords look promising, you might try them in the Google search box below.

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Global Food Insecurity

condition, drought, crisis, shortage, food, water, food safety, level, country, crop.

Other countries in the region affected by persistent drought and famine include: Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Swaziland, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tunisia, Angola, and Ethiopia.

Other countries in the region affected by extreme drought include: Afghanistan, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, The Palestinian Territories, Bangladesh, Myanmar, India, Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Turkey, Cyprus and Iran.

security, agency, strategy, program, government, global food insecurity, food, fund, food security initiative, food supply.

The U.S. government supports a wide variety of programs and activities for global food security, but lacks readily available comprehensive data on funding.

Recommendation : To enhance U.S. efforts to address global food insecurity, the Secretary of State should work with the existing National Security Council/Interagency Policy Committee to develop an operational definition of food security that is accepted by all U.S. agencies; establish a methodology for consistently reporting comprehensive data across agencies; and periodically inventory the food security-related programs and associated funding for each of these agencies.

production, supply, import, food, food self-sufficiency, failure, country, skewed food distribution, food chain, food extraction.

Food shortage also coincides with adequate calorie production where the foods consumed are deficient in protein or micronutrients.

A country's dependence on imported food does not necessarily mean that more people in the country are hungry or that the country has exhausted its agricultural potential.


price, crisis, people, program, food, rise, price volatility, oxfam, people resilience, people suffering.

Oxfam: global food crisis will worsen - 1bn hungry people need help now The underlying structural issues that cause chronic hunger must be addressed.

Oxfam’s A Billion Hungry People includes recommendations for reform of the humanitarian aid system and makes a strident call to poor countries to do their bit by investing more in agriculture, targeting women and small-scale producers.

review, issue, world bank, production, food, customer, nafta food chain, food insecurity, food price rise, book.

A very effective synthesis and exposition of the issues related to food security.

Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime describes the world hunger challenge in the globalizing world of plenty.

agency, un, aid, report, summit, un radio, un visit, june, initiative, united nation.

Despite security concerns in southern Kyrgyzstan which are hampering aid delivery, United Nations agencies are reaching thousands of civilians uprooted by the recent violence with critical relief supplies.

UN agency begins procurement scheme to benefit Ethiopian farmers.,,3462743,00.html

crisis, merkel, current food shortage, food, supply, summit, german newsmagazine der spiegel, country, food crop, food output.

In a letter to her G8 colleagues, Merkel warned her colleagues that extreme price hikes for food could lead to serious problems in the world's poorest countries.

The crisis could "threaten democratization, destabilize countries and lead to international security problems," Merkel wrote in the six-page paper, according to German newsmagazine  Der Spiegel .

deficiency, food bank, food, organization, food insecurity, malnutrition, food assistance, high mortality rate, health, disease.

Malnutrition may result from consuming too little food, a shortage of key nutrients, or impaired absorption or metabolism due to disease.” (USAID)

This is the kind of hunger that is most associated with the developing world, where people simply do not have enough food to eat.

Too often, child hunger is inherited: up to 17 million children are born underweight each year because their mothers were undernourished before and during pregnancy.

farmer, cartel, market, food, global food security act, agriculture, household, community food pantry, research, service.

The main causes for food insecurity and consequential widespread malnutrition in the developing countries is not inability to grow enough food.

The huge subsidy allows food cartels to lift wheat and rice and other food staples at a pittance to dominate global food market.

food, zimbabwe, wfp, food crisis, food aid, child mortality, food assistance intervention, country, hunger, child malnutrition.

Overall, WFP is aiming to assist almost 1.5 million Zimbabweans per month during the first quarter of 2010 through VGF and other social safety net programmes.

The Global Hunger Index ranks countries on the basis of a figure arrived at by combining three indicators: level of child malnutrition, rates of child mortality, and the proportion of people who are calorie deficient.

food, oxfam, food shortage, farmer, hunger, hunger banquet®, people, oxfam mission, oxfam supporter, oxfam america hunger banquet.

In many developing countries, volatile markets and fluctuating prices are forcing people to eat less food or less nutritious food, and driving poor households to cut back on health care, education, and other necessities in order to cover rising food costs.

Food prices are likely to remain volatile for years to come, as a result of a number of factors.

Increased demand, rising energy costs, and more widespread use of food for biofuels have come together to drive prices up.

world water gap, water, crisis, resource, shortage, use, supply, water collection, water equity, water scarcity.

The threat to water resources stands as one of the major crises facing the planet, akin in urgency to climate change, rainforest destruction, and the depletion of the ozone layer.

In certain countries, especially in sub-Saharan and Sahelian Africa, irrigation comprises 90 percent of the water uses.

New facilities must be developed for the increased population as well as the existing unserved inhabitants.

price, food, food crisis, guardian, food shortage, food insecurity, environment editor, climate change, environment, un.

Food price rises threaten global security - UN

Rising food prices could spark worldwide unrest and threaten political stability, the UN's top humanitarian official warned yesterday after two days of rioting in Egypt over the doubling of prices of basic foods in a year and protests in other parts of the world.

investment, crisis, food, world, food security, food insecurity, world population, hunger, country, world food programme.

In Asia and the Pacific, an estimated 642 million people are suffering from chronic hunger; in Sub-Saharan Africa 265 million; in Latin America and the Caribbean 53 million; in the Near East and North Africa 42 million; and in developed countries 15 million, according FAO's annual hunger report,  The State of Food Insecurity ,  produced this year in collaboration with WFP.

The crisis is affecting large parts of the world simultaneously, reducing the scope for traditional coping mechanisms such as currency devaluation, borrowing or increased use of official development assistance or migrant remittances.

production, crisis, global food crisis loom, supply, food, food sovereignty, food justice, food preference, world, food price unrest.

In many areas of the world, land ownership is not available people who want or need to farm to make a living have little incentive to improve the land.

Improvements in agricultural productivity aimed at small-scale farmers will benefit the rural poor first.