» 10/31/2008, 00.00
Hunger could kill more people in Afghanistan than the Taliban
At least 8.4 million Afghans are facing food shortages as a result of poor harvest, drought and inadequate irrigation. World Food Programme calls for at least 95,000 tonnes in food aid by February.
Tajiks to face another winter with power, heating and food shortages
International funding agencies agree the country is in for a harsh winter, worse than last year’s. Electrical power and heating will suffer chronic cuts. The world crisis will also cut employment among Tajik migrants abroad and reduce their remittances, increasing the risk of hunger.
Food crisis in Nepal, two million people without nourishment
The winter drought and the overflowing of the Koshi river last August have brought the agricultural industry to its knees. Unrest is exploding in the country. The government is violently repressing demonstrations, but has no practical plan for addressing the crisis.
100 million at risk of poverty: danger of famine and war in poor countries
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund raise the alarm: the rise in food prices is reducing entire populations to hunger. Without immediate aid, there are risks of public protests and armed conflict. Over the long term, help must be given to small farmers.
Bangladesh needs rice
According to army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed the country is facing a real crisis as a result of higher rice prices. Half a million tonnes are needed right away, but donor countries have responded with scepticism, urging the Bangladesh government to use its foreign currency reserves to buy wheat.
Authorities to withhold half of salary as a “voluntary donation” for public works
More than half of the population is living below the poverty line (less than a dollar a day) in a country devastated by a harsh winter, failed crops and locusts eating their way across its southern fields. A corrupt government holds its population in fear and so few will refuse the “donation”.
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