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WDEV Dossier: The New Age of Hunger

Sustainable Development versus Green Revolution

World hunger is not new. Before the current price increase, 850 million people – 13% of the world’s population – were chronically hungry. The number of under-fed people has steadily climbed over the past decade. Now, the World Food Programme estimates that the crisis has driven another 100 million people into hunger, including even urban middle class people in Indonesia and Mexico. Katarina Wahlberg discusses strategic approaches against starvation.
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Food Crisis: In Grip of Financial Markets
The current price hike in food markets, some say, is caused by increasing demand, be it from emerging economies or for the production of biofuels, by rising input prices, such as oil and fertilizer, and by low stocks. Others consider food speculation the culprit. No doubt, agflation as the phenomenon has been dubbed, can partially be explained by speculation.
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Livestock: Contracted in Global Value Chains
In times of rising food prices, not only agrofuels but also industrial livestock production is under scrutiny. It is based on concentrate feed that competes directly with food and fuel, and indirectly for land and water resources. In addition, the livestock’s greenhouse gas emissions, as well as increasing human health costs and animal welfare concerns are calling for a change.
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Are We Approaching a Global Food Crisis?
By the end of the 1990s, food prices had plummeted to historic lows. But after the turn of the millennium, prices began to increase. And since 2006, food prices have escalated dramatically, raising fears of a global food crisis. The rapid price increase will worsen the already dire situation for the world's poor and hungry.
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Financial Volatility and Food Crisis at UNCTAD XII
Limiting the impact of financial volatility and soaring food prices on the world's poorest and ensuring that the global economy benefits developing countries are among the key topics of the XII Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XII), held in Accra, Ghana, from 20 to 25 April 2008.
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Bob Zoellick's Newest Blueprint for the World Bank
In the run-up to the Spring Meetings, Bob Zoellick, the President of the World Bank, outlined last week, during a major policy speech at the Center for Global Development four strategic areas where he sees a need for immediate World Bank action. These are the global food policy, the Doha Trade Deal, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) investment in Africa.
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Agro-Fuels and Social Movements in Brazil
A heated international debate has been triggered by fuels derived from plants. Brazil plays an important role in this discussion. The social movements of landless, agricultural workers and small farmers have now intensified their efforts to initiate a dialogue about the conflict-charged future of agro-fuels.
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