Dramatic rise in Germans relying on food banks
22 September 2019 | 2:03 pm
The number of people visiting food banks in Germany has increased by 10%. The non-profit Tafel organization is taking Germany to task for neglecting its most vulnerable and wasting massive amounts of food.
African Union leaders are meeting in Equatorial Guinea. Inflation and war in Ukraine are increasing food prices across Africa. Four AU member states are suspended because of coups.
The agency has warned of the risk of 1970s-style stagflation persisting in the coming years amid soaring commodity prices and low growth. Developing countries are expected to be some of the worst hit.
Amid a growing food crisis sparked by disrupted grain exports from Ukraine and Russia, the EU's ambassador to Ukraine Matti Maasikas told FRANCE 24 that exports by land more than doubled between April and May, from 600,000 tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes.
Traders across various markets in Nigeria have lamented the fast-growing inflation as food prices have continued to record an exponential growth in price. GuardianTV went to the market to speak with both sellers and buys about how expensive things have become.
A new, Russian-owned chain of restaurants has opened in Moscow, with its owner aiming to reopen hundreds of McDonald's venues across Russia under the new brand.
The maiden edition of the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF) Awards treated winners and guests to a delightful evening on the 9th of June at NOK by Alara, Lagos. The awards celebrated and recognised people who have contributed massively to the healthcare sector in Nigeria and revealed the continued efforts of the NSSF to provide better healthcare in Nigeria.
A desperate lack of funding has forced the World Food Programme to suspend some food aid in South Sudan just as the country needs it most. We speak to the WFP's acting country director, Adeyinka Badejo. Also, survivors of one of the most brutal extremist attacks in Burkina Faso say that government forces left them helpless. At least 79 people were killed in the massacre in Seytenga on Saturday. And there are calls for an extension of MINUSMA's mission in Mali after this week's UN Security Council briefing.
The conflict has cut off supplies from Ukraine's ports, which once exported vast amounts of cooking oil as well as cereals such as maize and wheat. This has reduced the global supply and caused the price of alternatives to soar. Global food prices are almost 30% higher than the same time last year, according to the UN.
Ghana's gourmet chef Elijah Addo is reducing food waste and feeding those in need. Once employed by high-end restaurants, Addo today runs West Africa's largest foodbank, and organizing mobile feeding campaigns has become his full-time job.
Egypt's Minister of International Cooperation, Rania A. Al-Mashat, granted an interview to FRANCE 24 in Ivory Coast's economic capital Abidjan. Although the war in Ukraine is threatening Egypt's food security, the minister believes that "pre-emptive action" undertaken by Cairo in the past few years will help "mitigate" the impact of a possible wheat shortage. Al-Mashat also called for the COP27 climate summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in November to be one turning of "pledges" into "implementation".
The global trade watchdog WTO has debated through the night as it struggles to secure various deals. One country in particular has thrown a wrench in the negotiations.
The Bank of England has followed the US Federal Reserve in raising interest rates. Both economies are battling the highest level of inflation in years and hope that tighter monetary policy will curb spiralling price rises. Also in the show: Australia's new government commits to more ambitious emissions reduction targets, and TV critics question Netflix's plans for a reality show based on the life-or-death hit "Squid Game".
30 mins ago
In the US, a small number of Patriotic Millionaires has banded together to demand the government tax the rich. They say tax revenue is the fuel the country runs on. Meet an American multimillionaire in Georgia who'd gladly pay his fair share.
31 mins ago
Kenyans are just hours away from heading to the polls for a general election. They will choose governors, MPs and a new president, marking the end of Uhuru Kenyatta's nine years in office. Also, as grain exports from Ukraine slowly resume, we take a closer look at fertiliser, another product from the region that Africa depends on. Finally, Chad's military government and more than 40 opposition groups sign a deal to launch national peace talks later this month.
38 mins ago
Find these stories and much more when you grab a copy of The Guardian on Wednesday.
3 hours ago
3 hours ago