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read more"This (inflation data) prompted the government to issue an order at midnight" imposing a ban on wheat exports, said a second source. World food prices have stabilized at high levels in the past two months as harvests approach. FALLING DOMINOSSome countries had already announced export curbs last year, given the tightness in global food supplies. In March, Argentina increased taxes on its soybean oil and meal exports and has imposed a lower cap than last year for new wheat exports. "The European Union keeps its food exports going, and so should everyone else," EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a speech this month.
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The UN has warned of "hell on earth" due to food shortages caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) director called the war "devastating." The Guardian reports that David Beasley, director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), has said that the war has been "devastating" in conjunction with various other factors. He said, "Even before the Ukraine crisis, we were facing an unprecedented global food crisis because of Covid and fuel price increases. Matthew Hollingworth, the Emergency Coordinator for the World Food Programme in Ukraine, has said that the war could lead to a "hunger crisis of catastrophic proportions."
Persons: , David Beasley, Beasley, Matthew Hollingworth, Hollingworth, Zelenskyy Organizations: UN, Food Programme, Service, Guardian Locations: Russian, Ukraine, Addis Abada, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Russia
Factbox: What has the WTO ministerial conference achieved?
  + stars: | 2022-06-17 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +6 min
World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala claps next to conference chair Timur Suleimenov after a closing session of a World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland June 17, 2022. Within six months, WTO members are to consider extending the waiver to therapeutics and diagnostics. The WTO also agreed a declaration on its response to COVID-19 and preparedness for future pandemics, stressing the needs of least developed countries. WTO members also agreed to a binding decision not to curb exports to the World Food Programme (WFP), which seeks to fight hunger in places hit by conflicts, disasters and climate change. WTO REFORMAll WTO members say the organisation's rule book needs updating, although they disagree on what changes are required.
Persons: Ngozi Okonjo, Iweala claps, Timur Suleimenov, Fabrice Coffrini, Donald Trump, Emma Farge, Philip Blenkinsop, Toby Chopra Organizations: Trade Organization, World Trade Organization Ministerial, WTO, REUTERS, Reuters.com Register, European Union, Food Programme, COMMERCE, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, REUTERS GENEVA, Reuters.com Register India, South Africa, India, United States, China, Ukraine, Russia
Uber donates app to World Food Programme to use in Ukraine
  + stars: | 2022-06-08 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
A screen displays the company logo for Uber Technologies Inc at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo/File PhotoAMSTERDAM, June 8 (Reuters) - Uber (UBER.N) said on Wednesday it had donated a customised version of its "Uber Direct" software app to the U.N.'s World Food Programme to help distribute food in Ukraine. The WFP is scaling up operations in Ukraine and expects to be able to provide food and cash to 3 million people per month by June, the agency said in a joint statement with Uber. The WFP is already using the app in Dnipro, with plans to expand to Chernivsti, Kyiv, Lviv and Vinnystia, it said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Toby Sterling; editing by Jason NeelyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, Uber, Toby Sterling, Jason Neely Organizations: Uber Technologies, New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, WFP, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, AMSTERDAM, Ukraine, Dnipro, Chernivsti, Kyiv, Lviv, Vinnystia
The head of Ukraine's biggest food producer, MHP, says the food crisis could become catastrophic. "I see no clear path to light in the tunnel," John Rich, MHP's executive chairman, told Insider. Without the opening of Ukraine's blocked ports, millions of tons of MHP's harvest could spoil. These are the words on the tip of John Rich's tongue as he oversees operations for MHP, Ukraine's biggest food producer, as the war in the country rages on. Ukraine's ports along the Black Sea are blocked by Russia, peppered with mines, and otherwise unsafe to pass through due to fighting.
Persons: John Rich, , John Rich's, United Nations — hasn't, Rich Organizations: Service, Food Programme, United Nations, CNN Locations: Russia, London, Ukraine, East, North Africa, Turkey, Port, Odessa, West, Russian
Western countries are being forced to reckon with their reliance on Russian imports. Some experts say that the prospect of continued disruption to food and energy supplies as a result of the war will trigger a search for long-term alternatives to Russian imports. While shifting away from Russian oil may prove difficult, Europe's reliance on Russian natural gas provides policymakers and central bankers with a much bigger headache. So in that respect, they won't return to buy Russian oil and gas – that is long term." Meanwhile, liquefied natural gas imports from other nations are limited in their potential to help to make up the current shortfall.
Persons: Vladimir Putin's, Ursula von der Leyen, theEU, David Claridge, Claridge, Benjamin Maltby, Martin Frick, Putin, Maltby Organizations: Service, European Union, Moscow, EU, Keystone Law, Economics Observatory, UN, Food Programme, Russo Locations: Ukraine, Russia, Europe, Africa, Germany, Bulgaria, Russian, London, China
Almost 4.5 million tons of grain are stuck at Ukraine's ports, a WFP official told DPAMartin Frick warned that Ukrainian grains are essential to help alleviate a global food crisis. With sea routes blocked, plans are underway to export Ukrainian grain via rail. "Ukraine's food is urgently needed in the world," Frick told the agency, adding that Ukrainian shipments were critical to help tackle a "global food crisis." Nearly 8 million people have been internally displaced in Ukraine, according to the WFP, and more than 5 million people have fled the country. Frick also told DPA that the WFP needed humanitarian access in Ukraine so that exports could restart.
Persons: Martin Frick, Frick Organizations: Service, UN, Food Programme, WFP, Ukrainian Railways, Guardian, International Maritime Organization, International Transport Workers ' Federation, NATO Locations: Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania
REUTERS/Nusaibah AlmuaalemiHAJJAH/AL MAHRA, Yemen, April 22 (Reuters) - A two-month ceasefire has given aid groups a chance to step up aid to Yemen's hungry millions, but malnutrition ravaging children is projected to worsen if fighting returns or humanitarian funding does not pick up. "The benefits of the first weeks of truce are already significant," said Erin Hutchinson, Yemen Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council. If we don't receive food, then some days we eat and other days we go hungry," said his grandmother Zahra Ahmed. If only you could see how sick I am, because I only feed my children," said mother-of-ten Fatima Qayed. A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which intervened in March 2015 supporting Yemen's government against the Houthis, controls Yemen's seas and air space.
Persons: HAJJAH, Erin Hutchinson, Richard Ragan, Jalal, Zahra Ahmed, munch, Fatima Qayed, Hans Grundberg, Ragan, it's, Lisa Barrington, Mike Collett, White, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Norwegian Refugee Council, Food Programme, Yemen Airways, WFP, United Nations, United Arab Emirates, Thomson Locations: al, Ghaidha, Yemen, Hajjah, Khadish, Yemen's, U.N, Iran, Houthi, Sanaa, Amman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia
REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File PhotoMarch 22 (Reuters) - The United States must increase food aid to prevent millions of people starving as Russia's invasion of Ukraine threatens global grain supplies, members of the U.S. Senate's bipartisan hunger caucus said. Congress passed $13 billion in aid for Ukraine on March 9, but the $2.65 billion earmarked in the package for food and other humanitarian aid does not go far enough to address food shortages globally, the Senators said. The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has said it faces a $9 billion funding shortfall. In addition to legislation, lawmakers are looking to the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust, a $260 million fund for international food aid managed by USDA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). A USAID spokesperson said the agency is considering all available funding resources, including potentially drawing on the trust.
Persons: Cory Booker, Ketanji Brown, Elizabeth Frantz, David Beasley, ” Beasley, Bill Emerson, Jerry Moran, Tom Vilsack, ” Moran, Moran, Leah Douglas, Alison Williams, David Gregorio Our Organizations: U.S, Senate, Supreme, Capitol, REUTERS, Ukraine, Senators, , Republicans, Reuters, The United Nations, Food Programme, WFP, Bill, Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust, USDA, U.S . Agency for International Development, USAID, Republican, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, United States, Ukraine, New Jersey, Russia, Kansas, Afghanistan
"The country's food supply chain is falling apart. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register"Inside Ukraine our job is in effect, to replace the broken commercial food supply chains," he added, describing this as a "mammoth task". The U.N agency has pre-positioned bulk food, wheat flour and food rations outside cities under fire. WFP buys nearly half of its global wheat supplies from Ukraine and Kern said that the crisis there since the Russian invasion on Feb. 24 had pushed up world food prices sharply. The agency is paying $71 million a month extra for food this year due to both inflation and the Ukraine crisis, he said, adding that such an amount would cover the food supplies for 4 million people.
Persons: Jakob Kern, Kern, Wheat, Vincent Mundy, Emma Farge, Barbara Lewis, Frank Jack Daniel Our Organizations: Programme, videolink, REUTERS, WFP, Thomson Locations: GENEVA, Ukraine, Geneva, Krakow, Poland, Ukranian, Nikolaev, Yemen, Lebanon
Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterMore than a million people in southern Madagascar currently need food handouts from the WFP, a United Nations agency. "We used to call Madagascar the green island, but sadly now it is more of a red island," said Soja Lahimaro Tsimandilatse, governor of the southern Androy region. Madagascar has always known extreme weather events, but scientists say these will likely increase as human-induced climate change pushes temperatures higher. The United Nations' IPCC climate change panel says increased aridity is already being observed in Madagascar and forecasts that droughts will increase. At the height of the food crisis in the south, the WFP warned the island was at risk of seeing "the world's first climate change famine".
Persons: ANJEKY, Tarira, Avoraza, Lahimaro Tsimandilatse, Konstantinidis, aridity, Theodore Mbainaissem, Mbainaissem, Felix Fitiavantsoa, Alkis Konstantidinis, Christophe Van Der, Estelle Shirbon, Frank Jack Daniel Our Organizations: Food Programme, WFP, United, United Nations, Thomson Locations: ANJEKY BEANATARA, Madagascar, Anjeky Beanatara, United Nations, Ambovombe, Androy, Faux, Anjeky
The war in Ukraine has added to the crisis in Yemen, where a civil war has been ongoing since 2014. Millions of Yemenis receive food aid from the UN and 161,000 will likely experience famine in 2022. Ukraine and Russia account for nearly 30% of global wheat exports"When it comes to wheat, the Black Sea region, specifically Ukraine and Russia, matters a lot," J. Russia grows 10% of the world's wheat and 17% of the world's wheat exports, while Ukraine accounts for 12% of wheat exports. Yemenis receive humanitarian aid provided by the World Food Programme in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on June 1, 2021.
Persons: , J, Mark Welch, Essa Ahmed, Welch, Yemenis, Mohammed Huwais, Moghraby, Martin Griffiths Organizations: UN, Service, United Nations, Food Programme, WFP, Texas, M University, World, Danish Refugee Council, Getty, Associated Press Locations: Ukraine, Yemen, Europe, Russia, Hajjah, AFP, Northern Africa, India, Sanaa
New SEC filing revealed Tesla CEO Elon Musk donated more than 5 million Tesla shares worth about $5.7 billion to charity. The filing did not specify which charity Musk donated to but noted that a trust was involved in the transactions. It showed Musk gifted a total of 5.044 million Tesla shares from November 19 to November 29. The filing did not specify which charity Musk donated to but noted that a trust was involved in the transactions. Based on the average prices of the Tesla shares on the days Musk sold them, the donations were worth $5.7 billion in total, according to a Bloomberg calculation.
Persons: Elon Musk, , Musk, David Beasley, CNN's, Jeff Bezos, Beasley, Tesla, Steve Taravella Organizations: SEC, UN, Service, United Nations, Food Programme, US Securities and Exchange Commission, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Musk Foundation
Cars stop before a flooded area, after Cyclone Batsirai made landfall, on a road in Vohiparara, Madagascar, February 6, 2022. Cyclone Batsirai slammed into the Indian Ocean island late on Saturday, battering the eastern coastline until it moved away late on Sunday, leaving at least 10 people dead, 43,000 displaced and some towns and villages largely destroyed. Land routes to Mananjary were cut off due to flooding and the town was reported to be devastated. A WFP spokeswoman said the organisation was conducting an aerial survey of affected areas to better assess needs. The WFP warned that the impact of Cyclone Batsirai could be worse than estimated ahead of the storm's arrival, because water levels in rivers and canals were continuing to rise.
Persons: Cyclone Batsirai, Christophe Van Der, Cyclone Ana, Andy Rajoelina, Rajoelina, Maggie Fick, Estelle Shirbon, Emelia Sithole Organizations: Reuters.com, United Nations, Food Programme, WFP, Thomson Locations: Vohiparara, Madagascar, ANTANANARIVO, Sud, Mananjary, Antananarivo, Nairobi
REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoNAIROBI, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Fifteen months of war have left nearly 40% of the people in Ethiopia's Tigray region without enough food as aid groups struggle to reach cut-off areas, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. Tigray region has a population of about 5.5 million people. The assessment said that across Tigray and the neighbouring regions of Afar and Amhara, also affected by the war, an estimated 9 million people need food aid. The report comes with international concerns over humanitarian access to Tigray region mounting again. The Ethiopian government said last week that 43 trucks would deliver food and other aid to Tigray, but no trucks have arrived as fighting rages along the border between the Afar and Tigray regions.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Legesse, Jens Laerke, Giulia Paravicini, Emma Farge, Maggie Fick, Angus MacSwan, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: REUTERS, Food Programme, United Nations, Food, Ethiopian, Government, Mekelle, Reuters, Humanitarian Affairs, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Afar, Amhara, Sudan, Geneva
(CNN) More than 80 people have now died and tens of thousands more are impacted after Tropical Cyclone Ana tore across southern Africa this week, the European Commission's humanitarian agency said Friday. Ana made landfall in Angoche, Mozambique on Monday, hitting Malawi and Madagascar as well, the South African Weather Service said in a press release. Though Ana has weakened, the South African Weather Service said that Malawi and Zambia could experience more heavy showers over the weekend. The region impacted by Tropical Cyclone Ana is projected to see an increased intensity of such events as global temperatures rise. People stand on the other side of a road destroyed by tropical storm Ana, along M1 Chikwawa road, Malawi.
Persons: Ana, Maria Luisa Fornara, Lazarus Chakwera, Chakwera, Francis Dube Organizations: CNN, Protection, Aid Operations, African Weather Service, Food Programme, State, Facebook, United Nations, Met Office Locations: Africa, Madagascar, Angoche, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Antananarivo, Southern Africa, Lilongwe, London
Desperate Afghans are struggling to withdraw cash as the economy crumbles under the Taliban. The founder of a coding school for Afghan women told Insider that her students' families were going hungry. The situation is particularly "horrifying" for the nation's women, Forough said, many of whom have been forced out of jobs and into poverty. Once some of the money did eventually go through, often, her students were unable to withdraw cash at local banks. Forough said that donating cryptocurrencies holds many advantages for the women in Afghanistan, including a reduced risk in the money being confiscated.
Persons: Fereshteh, Fereshteh Forough, Forough, rocketing, Petros Giannakouris, Binance, cryptocurrencies Organizations: Service, Western Union, JPMorganChase, World Food Programme, AP Bank Locations: New Hampshire, Herat, Afghanistan, Kabul, bank's
The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended food distribution in Ethiopia's Kombolcha and Dessie towns after looting of supplies that staff were unable to stop due to intimidation, including being held at gunpoint, the United Nations said on Wednesday. UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said a large quantity of humanitarian food supplies, including nutritional items for malnourished children, were stolen and looted in Kombolcha in the Amhara region"The small-scale theft of food escalated into mass looting of warehouses across Kombolcha in recent days, reportedly by elements of the Tigrayan forces and some members of the local population," Dujarric told reporters. "Such harassment of humanitarian staff by armed forces is unacceptable. It undermines the ability of the United Nations and all of our humanitarian partners to deliver assistance when it is most needed," he added. Government spokesperson Legesse Tulu and military spokesperson Colonel Getnet Adane did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Persons: Stephane Dujarric, Dujarric, Getnet Adane, Read Organizations: Food Programme, United Nations Locations: gunpoint, Kombolcha, Amhara
But a new study says the human-made climate crisis has had little to do with the current food scarcity in the country. The group said that poverty, poor infrastructure and a high level of dependence on rain for agriculture were also behind the country's food crisis. "Instead, the study finds that vulnerability to low rainfall is the main factor behind the food crisis," the study reads. Multiple media organizations, including CNN, had reported the WFP's characterization of the food crisis as driven by the climate crisis. Nonetheless, Madagascar remains vulnerable to the climate crisis, which is driven primarily from humans' use of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.
Persons: Lisa Thalheimer, Maarten van Aalst Organizations: CNN, Imperial College London, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, Food Programme, WWA, WFP, Center for, Research, Energy, Environment, Princeton University, Climate Locations: Madagascar
Elon Musk dared the UN to show him how $6 billion could fight world hunger. The UN has gotten back to the world's richest person with a proposal. See all newslettersElon Musk dared the United Nations to show him how $6 billion of his wealth could address world hunger. Late last month, Musk challenged the WFP to explain how $6 billion could solve world hunger. It includes $3.5 billion for food and its delivery and $2 billion for cash and food vouchers, among other expenditures.
Persons: Elon Musk, Musk, , David Beasley, Beasley, Jeff Bezos Organizations: UN, Nations, Food Programme, CNN, Amazon
New York (CNN Business) The director of the United Nations' World Food Programme is still pleading with the world's richest individuals to help in the fight against the world hunger crisis. On CNN's "New Day" Tuesday, UN Food Programme Director David Beasley acknowledged the controversy he found himself in last week when he chastised billionaires like Elon Musk for accumulating massive amounts of wealth without caring for the world's hungry. Beasley said giving $6 billion, or 2% of Musk's net worth, could help solve world hunger. Please, please help share right now in a one-time crisis." Last week, in an interview with CNN, Beasley asked billionaires to "step up now, on a one-time basis" to help combat world hunger, citing specifically the world's two richest men: Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
Persons: David Beasley, Elon, Beasley, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN Food Locations: York
London (CNN Business) Elon Musk has offered to sell some of his Tesla (TSLA) stock "right now" if the UN can prove that $6 billion will solve world hunger. His comments came after UN World Food Programme (WFP) director David Beasley challenged the ultra-wealthy — and in particular the world's two richest men Jeff Bezos and Musk — to "step up now, on a one-time basis" to help solve world hunger in an interview with CNN last week. "$6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don't reach them. Posting on Twitter on Sunday, the Tesla chief executive said: "If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6 billion will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it." "But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent," he added.
Persons: Elon Musk, Tesla, David Beasley, Jeff Bezos, Beasley, Becky Anderson, Read Organizations: London, CNN Business, UN, Food Programme, CNN, CNN's
42 million people are "knocking on famine's door," the director of the World Food Programme said. This is why and this is when the billionaires need to step up now on a one-time basis. He added that last week, Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, had a $6 billion net worth increase in just one day. As of Wednesday, Musk had a net worth of $253.8 billion and Bezos was worth $196.1 billion. "The top 400 billionaires in the United States the net worth increase was $1.8 trillion dollars in the past year.
Persons: David Beasly, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Beasly, I'm, Beasley, Bezos, Musk, it's, Tesla Organizations: Food, CNN, Service, UN, Amazon, SpaceX Locations: United States
Samira, 9, and other children share tea and bread for breakfast at the orphanage before going to school in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 12, 2021. "Children are going to die. "I don't know how you don't have millions of people, and especially children, dying at the rate we are going with the lack of funding and the collapsing of the economy." He said dollars earmarked for development assistance should be repurposed for humanitarian aid, which some nations have already done, or frozen funds be channelled through the agency. The U.N. food agency needs up to $220 million a month to partially feed the nearly 23 million vulnerable people as winter nears.
Persons: Jorge Silva, David Beasley, Beasley, You've, Alexander Cornwell, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Food Programme, Reuters, Taliban, WFP, Central America, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, DUBAI, Dubai, Syria, Europe, East, Africa, Central
Bundles of Yemeni currency are pictured at a post office before being handed to public sector employees as salaries in Sanaa, Yemen January 25, 2017. "I don't see how we don't avoid, at this stage, a famine of biblical proportions...without a massive injection of additional dollars." The war has been in military stalemate for years with the Houthis holding most large urban centres. The coalition led by Riyadh intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Iran-aligned Houthis ousted the Saudi-backed government from the capital Sanaa in late 2014. Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Ghaida Ghantous and Mark HeinrichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Khaled Abdullah, David Beasley, Beasley, Houthis, Alexander Cornwell, Ghaida Ghantous, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Food Programme, Reuters, WFP, UNICEF, Thomson Locations: Sanaa, Yemen, DUBAI, Saudi, Dubai, United, Marib, Riyadh, Iran
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