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Surging food import costs threaten world's poorest, FAO warns
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Gus Trompiz | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The world's food import bill, including shipping costs, is projected to reach $1.715 trillion this year, up 12% from $1.530 trillion in 2020, the FAO said in its twice-yearly Food Outlook report on Thursday. Nations classed as Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries by the FAO are forecast to see food import costs jump 20% this year, with tourism-reliant economies in a particularly precarious position, the agency said. read moreThe FAO's monthly food price index hit a 10-year high in May, reflecting sharp rises for cereals, vegetable oils and sugar. read moreA separate index of food import costs, including freight costs that have also soared, reached a record in March this year, surpassing levels seen during previous food price spikes in 2006-2008 and 2010-2012, the FAO said. A strong volume increase for staple food imports last year had already driven up global import costs by 3%, to a record high.
Persons: Danish Siddiqui, Josef Schmidhuber, Schmidhuber Organizations: REUTERS, Danish, . Food Agency, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, Reuters, Food, Nations, International, Thomson Locations: Mumbai, India, Yemen, Nigeria, Argentina, Russia, China
U.N. food agency says nearly 1 million going hungry in Mozambique
  + stars: | 2021-04-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: People, who fled an attack claimed by Islamic State-linked insurgents on the town of Palma, look on as aid workers consult a person at a displacement centre in Pemba, Mozambique, April 2, 2021. REUTERS/Emidio JozineGENEVA (Reuters) - Almost one million people are facing severe hunger in northern Mozambique where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee a jihadist insurgency, the U.N. food agency said on Tuesday. “As the security situation continues to deteriorate, more than 950,000 people in the north of Mozambique are now facing severe hunger,” Tomson Phiri, a spokesman for the World Food Programme, told a briefing in Geneva. Islamic State-linked militants have escalated attacks in Mozambique’s northernmost province Cabo Delgado in the past year, murdering villagers, fighting the army and seizing towns.
Persons: Tomson Organizations: Islamic, REUTERS, Locations: Islamic State, Palma, Pemba, Mozambique, GENEVA, Geneva, Mozambique’s, Cabo
U.N. food agency suspends evacuation flights in north Mozambique
  + stars: | 2021-04-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The World Food Programme (WFP) has temporarily suspended evacuation flights from the town of Palma in northern Mozambique due to a deterioration in security, a representative for the United Nations agency said. “WFP is concerned about the increasing violence in Cabo Delgado province which is driving increased displacement of populations and leading to a rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the region,” the representative told Reuters.
Organizations: Food Programme, United Nations, Reuters Locations: Palma, Mozambique, Cabo Delgado
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