from Mohamed El-Erian:

The new international economic disorder

By Mohamed El-Erian
December 21, 2011

By Mohamed El-Erian

The views expressed are his own.


A new economic order is taking shape before our eyes, and it is one that includes accelerated convergence between the old Western powers and the emerging world’s major new players. But the forces driving this convergence have little to do with what generations of economists envisaged when they pointed out the inadequacy of the old order; and these forces’ implications may be equally unsettling.

from Commodity Corner:

World population and agricultural aid

By Reuters Staff
November 10, 2009

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from Global News Journal:

Capitalism’s “chickens come home to roost” at the UN

June 25, 2009

Representatives of the world's poorest countries joined other U.N. member states in New York this week at a three-day meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on the global financial crisis and its impact on the developing world.

from Commodity Corner:

A food czar could bring sexy back to agriculture

March 26, 2009

It seems if you got a problem in Washington today, you need a Czar to take care of it. And now some powerful U.S. senators believe the agriculture sector should get one to sharpen efforts to feed the world's poor.
    
foodaid3Former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman told lawmakers on Tuesday that too often agriculture takes a back seat to other "sexier" issues in policymaking, but it must be a priority if the country hopes to address global hunger and malnutrition.
 
"It is not a secondary factor," Glickman said before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
 
Senator Dick Lugar, the Republican leader of the committee, supported appointing a White House food coordinator to take on raising agriculture and food aid's prominence.
    
This "food czar" would be tasked with coordinating efforts between the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies involved in food aid and agriculture production.
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The need for a food czar doesn't seem as far stretched when considering recent events that have nudged agriculture over into the realm of a national security issue.
    
Soaring food prices last year sparked food riots and led to political instability in some parts of the world. The threat of violence and coups continues as the recession makes it increasingly difficult for even more people to buy food.
    
A food czar could possibly mitigate future riots by improving the United States' role in making other nations self-sufficient in agricultural production, an area some say the country has failed in. 
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In fact, U.S. efforts to address the long-term challenge of persistant malnutrition earn an 'F,' according to political science professor and author Robert Paarlberg.
 
He said U.S. agriculture assistance to Africa has plummeted 85 percent since the 1980s. "So as things have been getting steadily worse in Africa, the United States goverment has curiously been doing steadily less," Paarlberg said.
 
A food czar, Lugar said, would have the difficult job of addressing this conundrum.

from Africa News blog:

Should developing world have more say in crisis talks?

November 14, 2008

When world leaders meet in Washington to tackle the global financial crisis, Africa will be represented only by South Africa.

from Environment Forum:

Connecting Green Dots in Capetown South Africa

October 23, 2008

 Kenyan blogger Juliana Rotich is the editor of Green Global Voices, which monitors citizen media in the developing world, and is a regular contributor to this page. ThomsonReuters is not responsible for the content - the views are the author's alone.

from MacroScope:

ActionAid: Bailout the hungry, please

October 12, 2008

With the U.S. approving a $700 billion Wall Street bailout and the UK offering up £88 billion to bolster its banks, you can be forgiven for forgetting about that pesky food crisis in the developing world that dominated the news a few months back.