Stories about Food from May, 2008
Mozambique: The rice and our independende
Elísio Macamo [pt] reacts to the Japanese pledge to help Africa double rice production within 10 years, during the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) held in Yokohama. “After 10 years the rice production in Africa is twice as much. Will the population remain the same? Will our tastes...
D.R. Congo: European film festival and rising food prices
Du Cabiau a Kinshasa writes about the Kinshasa European Film Festival [Fr] and has more reflections on the effects of rising food prices on the Congolese capital.
India: Mango festival
Photographs from a Mango Festival in India at the cooks cottage.
Pakistan: Food and the Government
Whisk on the disconnect in Pakistan between the looming food crisis and the actions of the government.
Dominica: Banana Spat
Steve's Dominica reports on “the ongoing spat between various banana organisations.”
Egypt: Strike Number 3 Planned
Zeinobia from Egypt reports that a third strike protesting against price hikes and low salaries will be held across the country on June 5.
St. Lucia: Effects on Consumers
Blogging from St. Lucia, Looshan Ramblings is concerned about the effect of rising oil prices and the global food crisis on consumers: “We need to know that our leaders are trying their best to put measures that will cushion the fall out from this global food crisis and recession.”
Pakistan: Silent tsunami
All Things Pakistan on the alarming rise in food prices, called the “silent tsunami”.
Kazakhstan: President Knows Roots of Food Crisis
Lena B-Va reports that Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev spoke at the World Economic Forum’s meeting in Sharm-El-Sheikh (Egypt) and said that the main reason for world food crisis is speculation.
Bahamas, U.S.A.: Agriculture & Politics
Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit weighs in on this and that, saying that “Food self-sufficiency for the Bahamas is an illusion” and that “The American presidential election is…the most interesting presidential race in memory.”
Southeast Asia: Coping with the rice and food crisis
Food prices continue to rise in the world market. Southeast Asian governments are now re-examining their food and agricultural policies in order to prevent consumer panic and social unrest. Bloggers are discussing the food crisis and its impact in the region.
India: Food and migration
An article on food and migration catches Vantage Point‘s eye and results in some fascinating insight.
UAE: Homemade Food from Damascus
Syrian blogger Kinan, who lives in the UAE, got urgent home made food supplies from his grandmother – sent to him all the way from Damascus.
Israel: New World Record for Biggest Hummus Plate
Weighing in at 400 kilos (880 pounds) on a plate that was 4 meters (4.35 yards) in diameter, Hummus Tzabar became the Guinness Book of World Record's official title holder for the biggest plate of hummus served at last week's Independence Day celebrations. The experts at Hummus101 report that Israelis...
India: Eating too much?
Condoleezza Rice's statements in the US about India and China's food consumption and its contribution to the price inflation doesn't find favour with Heartcrossings.
Jordan: Families not able to Eat
Joladies from Jordan writes about a poor woman, she met at a hospital, who told her nine children haven't eaten meat since last year. She comments: “When we watch all the money that is flowing round Jordan it just seems so awful that families are not able to eat.”
Argentina: Ñoquis on the 29th of the Month
Argentina's Travel Guide provides a bit of background history of why Argentines eat ñoquis on the 29th of every month.
Armenia: Global Food Crisis
The Armenian Observer says that despite the global food crisis, the country is self-sufficient in most foods and so seems likely to be spared shortages in the future. However, figures for the import of wheat and sugar are high. It also says that rising prices are also starting to hit...
Japan: Bloggers criticize Greenpeace over whale-meat theft
The reputation of Greenpeace Japan appears to have dropped a few notches this week, with news that the organization, in order to expose the theft of whale meat by crew members of a whaling research ship, itself stole meat to use as evidence of the crime. Members of Greenpeace Japan admitted to having entered a delivery company's distribution center in Tokyo on April 15th without permission in order to seize packages of whale meat.
Bahamas: Growing Rice?
Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com says: “In The Bahamas there are concerns about running out of rice.”
Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica: Rice Row
Bajan Global Report says that Jamaica and Guyana have come to an agreement after their recent rice row.