Monday, October 26, 2009

World Hunger Relief Hit by Economic Downturn

As a result of the world economic crisis, prices for "staple foods" in developing countries have increased 19% over 2007 costs causing 100 million more people this year to be classified as "undernourished" (More Than One Billion Go Hungry in World Recession" - Daily Telegraph (UK), October 14, 2009). The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) study cited the need for greater production of agricultural goods to spur price decreases, but food aid from wealthy nations continues to be cut. The only promising aspect of this report was the fact that "four decades ago one in three people in poor countries was undernourished – today that figure is one in five."

Review selected library titles related to the world food supply and malnutrition at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library. Call the library at 281-290-3219 to check your PIN if you do not remember it. Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • food relief
  • food supply
  • malnutrition
  • sustainable agriculture
Malnutrition book coverMalnutrition edited by Margaret Haerens - Greenhaven Press, 2009.
call number: 362.196 Mal
Includes topics such as "Global Malnutrition Is a Severe Problem" and "Increasing Local Food Production Will Help Alleviate Malnutrition" - publisher's table of contents excerpt

The Global Food Crisis book coverThe Global Food Crisis edited by Uma Kukathas - Greenhaven Press, 2009.
call number: 363.8 Glo
Includes topics such as "Raising Agricultural Productivity Will Solve the Food Crisis" and "Modern Technologies Can Foster Success in Poor Farming Communities" - publisher's table of contents excerpt

We Feed the World [videorecording] supported by FVSterreichisches Film Institut Filmfonds Wien: Distributed by Kino International, 2009
call number: DVD Nonfiction 630 Wef
"Reveals the distressing problems of the industrialized world food system and what world hunger has to do with us. Nearly 1 billion of the 7 billion people on Earth are starving, but the food produced could feed 12 billion people." - video producer summary