Food

Call for Mugabe to Apologise to the Nation, NGOs

According to Trevor Saruwaka Mutasa, if Zimbabwe goes hungry it has no capacity to feed its own people and therefore depends on non-governmental organisations and donor countries contrary to the mantra by President Robert Mugabe that they must leave us alone.

Mutasa states that in an article titled ‘food for all is our goal’, the country’s Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Prisca Mupfumira, attempts to pronounce a policy position on who must get this aid by boldly declaring that food is for all.

WTO Urged to Address Food Security Needs

A United Nations independent rights expert has called for policy changes that will allow developing countries the freedom to use their reserves to help secure the right to food without the threat of sanctions under current World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, points out that, "Trade rules must be shaped around the food security policies that developing countries need, rather than policies having to tiptoe around WTO rules."

Severe Food Shortages in Sudan

An aid organisation in South Sudan has warned of severe food shortages, with the civil war spreading to rural areas of the country, cutting farmers' access to their agricultural lands.

The aid group CARE told Al Jazeera that if the armed conflict continues, as many as one million civilians could go hungry in the region of Equatoria, adding 20 percent more people to the almost five million already facing starvation.

FUEL Trust: Project Manager

Experience the FUEL magic. The FUEL Trust is a small family of energised people committed to enabling South Africa’s children to learn and achieve their potential. The organisation sees itself as change catalysts who want to make an impact at a systemic level. Sustainable and institutionalised implementation is core to the organisation's approach. The Trust support the Department of Basic Education to improve delivery of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) by empowering officials to adopt and embed Monitoring, Reporting and Response (MRR) systems.

Fairfood International: Campaign Assistant - Engagement

Fairfood International is a nonprofit global advocacy group with its head office based in Amsterdam and hubs located in several parts of the world, including Johannesburg. Fairfood encourages food and beverage companies worldwide to address socio-economic and environmental sustainability issues within their products’ supply chains. Fairfood envisions a future with a fair and sustainable food system, which is able to feed the world in a way that preserves the environment for future generations, respects human rights and secures a thriving economy for all.

Global Food Prices at Their Lowest

Global food prices are not expected to decline much further after dropping to their lowest level in three years.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) state that the decline in prices was influenced by a severe fall in the cost of grains, while diary, meat and sugar prices increased.

FAO's index which measures the monthly price fluctuations for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, has decreased for five consecutive months, reaching its lowest level since September 2010.

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