The European Commission is under fire for cutting the budget to the EU's food aid programme by 77%. Where once 500 million euros were set aside to help feed people who couldn't afford to eat, that's now been reduced to just over 100 million euros. But it's not because of a lack of money: rather, the International Court of Justice says the food handed out has to come from European stocks.
Millions more people will suffer famine over the next few decades unless the global food system is overhauled, Oxfam warned in a report released on Tuesday. The aid group predicted the price of some staples would double by 2030.
A five-day UN summit for leaders of the world's least-developed countries kicked off in Istanbul on Monday to devise a new 10-year plan to end poverty. UN chief Ban Ki-moon described a new aid plan as a “smart investment”.
A delegation of former world leaders, including former US president Jimmy Carter (pictured), that arrived in North Korea on Tuesday will discuss food shortages and nuclear disarmament with the country's leaders during a three-day mission.
Rising food prices have been an ingredient in the instability in Tunisia that drove that country's president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, from office last week, despite his pledge to slash prices on food staples after deadly riots. The state of emergency in Tunisia has economists worried we may be seeing the beginnings of a second wave of global food riots. Find out more with Oliver Griffith, Head of Communications for Western Europe at IFC The World Bank group.
Twenty-five years after it was founded, the charity “Restaurants du Coeur” is now a fixture of the winter season in France, providing free groceries and meals to a growing number of people and calling attention to increasing financial hardship.
In a statement to mark World Food Day, the UN's special rapporteur on food rights said there was "little to rejoice about" and called for shifts in farming methods to mitigate climate change, calling current approaches "a recipe for disaster".
Countries around the globe are gearing up for World Food Day. In India, the date is a significant one. The country is a galloping economic power and the world's second largest producer of rice and wheat. However, according to the World Food Program, it is also home to one fourth of the world's starving population - approximately 230 million people. So where do those millions of tons of cereal disappear each year?