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Long-lasting unrest and economic sanctions drive up prices in Syria

Source : Reuters | 05 Jul 2013

Long-lasting unrest and recent Western economic sanctions on Syria have significantly driven up the prices of daily goods, analysts say.

In the country's capital of Damascus, food supplies are adequate in the market, but the prices have kept rising.

“Product prices before the crisis were less than one-third the current ones. That means the current prices are three times those before,” said a Damascus resident.

The Food Wasting Phenomenon: Are You Aware?

By Raudah Mohd Yunus | 04 Jun 2013
What about the millions of people out there who struggle to put food on the table and others who completely starve?
Some time ago, the 2nd Penang Respiratory Summit brought me to a stylish, aristocratic 5-star hotel in the heart of Malaysia’s second largest city, Georgetown.

Iraqi living standards still low, ten years on from U.S.-led invasion

By AP | 19 MAr 2013

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the government in Baghdad is under pressure to do more to raise living standards for its population.

‘Trees and leaves’ the last food in stricken Sudan state: U.N.

By AFP | 10 Jan 2013

Hundreds of thousands of people in Sudan’s conflict-stricken South Kordofan are surviving on roots and leaves, a top UN official told the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

About 700,000 people in South Kordofan and neighboring Blue Nile states face “truly appalling” conditions while the Sudan government and rebels block access to international aid workers, UN humanitarian operations director John Ging said.

United Nations cuts food rations to Syrians over cash shortage

By AFP | 05 Dec 2012

Israel wanted Gazans to stay alive on bare minimum

By Amy Teibel | AP | 18 Oct 2012

The Israeli military meticulously calculated the number of calories Gaza’s residents would need to consume to avoid malnutrition during a sweeping blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory between 2007 and mid-2010, according to a document the Defense Ministry released under a court order and that was made public Wednesday.

Al-Shabab bans aid group Islamic Relief in Somalia

Source : AFP | 09 Oct 2012

Somalia’s Shabab insurgents yesterday banned the aid agency Islamic Relief, one of the very few groups who were able to work in the war-ravaged region controlled by the Al-Qaeda linked fighters.

The Shabab group said it “has officially revoked Islamic Relief’s permit to work” in the areas it controls, according to messages posted on its Twitter account, which were authenticated by Shabab officials.

Yemen Suffering 'Catastrophic' Food Crisis as US Escalates Its Drone War

Source : Oxfam | 24 May 2012

Yemen is on the brink of a catastrophic food crisis, seven aid agencies said today (23 May 2012) with 10 million people – 44 percent of the population – without enough food to eat. The aid agencies warned that malnutrition rates recorded by the UN in some parts of the country were alarming, with one in three children severely malnourished.

For half of Yemen population, eating is a luxury

Source : Middle East Online | 17 May 2012

For almost half of Yemen's 22 million people, eating has become a luxury they can't always afford.

On a bad day, Umm Ahmad and her family of five, who live in Sanaa's shanty-town district of Al-Sunaina, go without any food at all.

On a better day, Umm Ahmad's husband, who works as a vendor, selling baby clothes in the market, comes home with "500 Yemeni riyals (about $2.30/1.79 euros) and we eat."

IDB, Niger reach $ 20 m deals to support food security

By Arab News | Jeddah | 14 May 2012

Mahamadou Issoufou, president of Niger, received Ahmad Muhammad Ali, president, Islamic Development Bank Group, at the Conference Palace in Jeddah yesterday. During the meeting, the IDB Group signed a number of agreements with the government of Niger to support food security programs and other development measures. The financing agreements were signed by IDB Group President and Deputy CEO of ITFC Hani Sonbol representing the IDB Group, and Niger Minister of Planning and IDB Gov. Amadou Boubacar Cisse.

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