Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Food Shortages Forecasted in Africa

From Socialist Banner

The rising price of cereals such as wheat and maize is a "major global concern", the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says. Africa as a whole is expected to see an estimated 49% increase this year.

It is estimated poor countries will pay a record $33.1 billion (£17 billion) for cereal imports in the year to July 2008. This is despite a fall in the total amount they will import.

The FAO warned 36 countries around the world were facing a food crisis. 21 of them are in Africa.

Lesotho, Somalia and Swaziland are said to be facing an "exceptional shortfall" in food supply after years of adverse weather. The FAO this week launched an appeal for $87 million of emergency assistance to help flood-affected populations in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.

Proof that the capitalist market system cannot provide for all .


The Red Son said...

Comrade Blackstone,
I hope all is well in your struggle. I applaud the your recent news related blog posts. Kudos for writing great articles about relevant topics.

blackstone said...

Thanks i appreciate it, just tryna get as spread as much news out as possible as well as well as continue to post analysis and theory. I tough gotta admit!