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Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance mobilises for Food Summit

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tackle_world_hunger"The 2009 World Food Summit, convened by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will take place in Rome, Italy, 16 -18 November 2009. World leaders will discuss the total eradication of hunger from the planet. The FAO has stated its aim to put in place a more coherent and effective system of governance of world food security. The aim of the Summit is also to make sure developing countries have a fair chance of competing in world commodity markets; to mobilize substantial additional public and private sector investments in agriculture and rural infrastructure; to agree on more effective mechanisms for early reaction to food crises, and to ensure that countries are prepared to adapt to climate change and mitigate negative effects."

Read more at the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance website.

 

Govt, EU dig in as trade date passes

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A bustling marketplace in UgandaEAC partner states were unable to meet the target date of July 31 to complete negotiations of the comprehensive EPA, writes Peter Nyanzi of allafrica.com.

The [Ugandan] government and European Union officials have stepped up efforts to dispel fears that the country's exports to the European Union could be in jeopardy following the expiry of the target date for finalising the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).”

 

Read more at http://allafrica.com/stories/200909150421.html

 

My Day In The Air Drop Zone

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World_news_drop_image“Denys Saltanov is part of a small WFP [World Food Program] team stationed in an area of northeastern Congo where the only reliable way to deliver emergency food aid is through airdrops.

"A key part of Denys' job is to collect the food when it lands and distribute it.

"He describes a typical day.” 

 

Read more at Wfp.org.

 

Global finances can and must change

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WSF-January-2009“As the global financial system falters, many civil society and church activists see the crisis as a chance to press for long-overdue, radical reforms. But for once, advocates for economic justice seem not to be alone in recognizing the need for changes in global finances. Stock markets faltering around the planet and giant banks falling into bankruptcy have convinced governments of the richest countries that they have to do something, especially as the financial crisis impacts the 'real' economy with massive lay-offs in companies affected by the global credit crunch and shrinking consumer markets.”

Read more at oikoumene.org

 


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The credit crunch is about borrowing from our children; the climate crunch is about stealing from them - David Pencheon