Everyone needs to participate in the fight against world hunger. Pic: ©GettyImages/gelmold

The food companies committed to fighting world hunger

By Gill Hyslop

World hunger remains a persistent crisis, with approximately 842 million people going hungry every day. We look at the bakery and snack giants that are leading the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

If certfication can't bring farmers out poverty, can it be called truly sustainable?


Fair game: How effective is cocoa certification?

By Oliver Nieburg

Sourcing to fair trade standards, such as UTZ, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade, is an important first step for chocolate makers towards cocoa sustainability, but will not necessarily bring farmers out of extreme poverty, say supply chain actors.

Industry must boost social protection for rural farmers: FAO

By Niamh Michail

Rural poverty is the theme of this year’s World Food Day but agriculture in itself is not enough to end hunger, says the FAO – social protection is vital to protecting farmers which means industry can get involved. 

The Ugandan farmers claim the joint venture grabbed land without compensating them. (Picture Credit: FoEI / ATI - Jason Taylor)

Ugandan farmers set to sue land-grabbing palm oil venture

By Nathan Gray

A joint venture between palm oil giant Wilmar International and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is set to be taken to court as Ugandan farmers seek damages for land they say was grabbed in 2011.

Annual quinoa producer prices at farm gate in Peru 2000-11 in real terms (2005=100)

FAO asks: Could quinoa become a worldwide staple?


Quinoa’s relatively high price compared to staple grains may restrict consumption to health-conscious consumers in high-income countries for now – but it could play an important role in food security in the long term, according to the FAO.

World Bank warns of a ‘new norm’ of high food prices

World Bank warns of a ‘new norm’ of high food prices

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

High and volatile food prices are on track to become the ‘new normal’, according to the World Bank, which has urged action to support sustainable agriculture, nutrition programmes and safety nets.

The Asian Development Bank is based in Manila, capital of the Philippines.

Soaring food prices threaten Asian growth

By Mike Stones

Rapidly rising food and oil prices threaten to reverse economic growth and push millions into extreme poverty, warns a report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Food and Fairness inquiry to 'inspire and warn' manufacturers

Food and Fairness inquiry to 'inspire and warn' manufacturers

Helen Browning, chair of the Food Ethics Council, expects the food and fairness inquiry will inspire food businesses to adopt good supply chain practices and warn them off bad ones - ultimately benefit their businesses in the long term.

World Bank loan for Slovakia

World Bank loan for Slovakia

The World Bank's Board of executive directors has negotiated a new
Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for the Slovak Republic covering
the period 2005-07, a move that is expected to bring further
funding to SME food and beverage...


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