For over a half-century the Egyptian government has sold cut-rate wheat flour to bakeries for the production of bread. Many Egyptians rely on this subsidy, but in the face of a looming global food crisis, the program may cost billions of dollars for the new Cairo leadership.
In this issue of Food Outlook, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports on global supply and demand balances, and warns against further supply shocks as prices continue to rise.
Authors: Klaus von Grebmer, Marie T. Ruel, and Purnima Menon
As the world approaches the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals--which include a goal of reducing the proportion of hungry people by half--the 2010 Global Hunger Index offers a useful multidimensional overview of global hunger.
A report from Oxfam arguing that hunger in Africa is not inevitable. The report says that the world’s emergency response requires an overhaul so that it delivers prompt, equitable, and effective assistance to people suffering from lack of food. Oxfam also argues that governments need to tackle the root causes of hunger, which include poverty, agricultural mismanagement, conflict, unfair trade rules, and the unprecedented problems of HIV/AIDS and climate change.
Rising food prices offer the United States an opportunity to wean farmers off lavish subsidies. However, as David Victor argues in this Newsweek article, the U.S Congress has been doing just the opposite by passing legislation that will heap even more cash on farmers.
Michael Gerson argues that despite rising food prices, the U.S. government has the ability to practically end hunger within its borders. And while there may be many explanations for why it has not already done so—there are no excuses.
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Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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