Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

10/11/2012 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Food insecurity could promote civil unrest.

A food crisis is brewing that affects seventy-five percent of African countries and part of the Arab world. Maplecroft's Food Security Risk index, a report that was published Wednesday, found that most of the world's countries at risk of food insecurity were in Africa and the Arab world.

Food insecurity looms large for 2013.

Food insecurity looms large for 2013.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/11/2012 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Food insecurity, famine, Africa, middle east


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The sub-Saharan and African states seem to have the greatest food insecurity. The cause are low crop yields which have caused food prices to rise some six percent in July 2012 alone. 
Food price forecasts  for 2013 are even worse. 

Food insecurity is typically caused by armed conflict, civil unrest, drought, and government corruption. It generally means the population cannot obtain enough food to sustain itself, which puts people at risk of malnutrition and starvation. Children are particularly vulnerable. 

There are 11 countries that were listed in the report as being at extreme risk. They include Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, tied for first, Haiti, Burundi, Chad, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Comoros, and Sierra Leone.

Countries at high risk include several middle-eastern countries, most notably Syria, where armed conflict has created an artificial famine.

There are problems in the USA too, although there is no danger of food insecurity there. A prolonged drought in the US has depressed food production and led to higher food prices for more Americans. Perhaps more gravely, the drought has meant less food for export to needy countries. 

Food insecurity is an important thing, closely watched by governments. It's not simply that people could die, but also that revolutionary movements and civil unrest are frequently sparked when people can't get enough to eat. 

The report suggests that full-scale famine may be looming over parts of Africa, particularly in the Sahel and sun-Saharan regions, which encompasses the entire northern half of the country, with Egypt and Tunisia being excepted. 

Libya made the list as well, which is a concern because food insecurity there could be capitalized on by right-wing extremists who represent a threat to the current, moderate regime that has followed the dictator Gaddafi. 


---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Africa

GRIEF TAKES TOLL: At least 11 parents of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls have died Watch

Image of Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she displays her photo, in the family house, in Chibok, Nigeria.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Grief and worry takes its toll on human health. Ever since more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by the Boko Haram terror group three months ago, four of their parents have died from heart failure; seven of the girls' fathers were killed in an attack ... continue reading


Nigerian military swears to retake town after massacre by Muslims Watch

Image of The anti-education Muslim group, Boko Haram, attacked a town in northeast Nigeria, displacing 15,000 and killing more than 60 people.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Nigerian terrorist organization Boko Haram has continued its reign of terror, leaving dozens dead in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa during a July 17 raid, Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reports. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


How malnutrition kills, and a painful look at the South Sudan crisis Watch

Image of Parents don't like to see their children die and will save them if they can but with limited resources available, difficult choices are made and babies pay the price.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With hundreds of thousands of people, especially children expected to die in South Sudan in the coming months, attention is finally being focused on malnutrition and starvation and the painful process of death which accompanies those conditions. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Mysteries of the Pyramids - Previously hidden painting depicts life in ancient Egypt Watch

Image of The painting depicts what life was like 4,300 years ago in Egypt. It shows boats sailing south on the Nile and also agricultural images. The painting could also have symbolic meaning for life in ancient Egypt. Inside the tomb were also found statues of the 'priest' including his wife and what looks like a dog.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Found about 1,000 feet to the east of the Great Pyramid of Giza, a 4,300 year-old wall painting has been found. The artwork gives a rare peek into the life and times of ancient Egypt. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Discovered in a tomb for a "priest," the ... continue reading


South Sudan economy collapsing as millions begin to starve

Image of A child plays around an abandoned anti-aircraft gun parked in a fallow field.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The awful situation in South Sudan continues to worsen as time runs out for millions of people at risk of starvation. Painfully oblivious to the peril, two warring factions continue to vie for power while aid workers scramble to save lives, often going without meals ... continue reading


Will self-testing for HIV in Africa turn deadly tide? Watch

Image of Sex workers and men who have sex with men (the new euphemism for men who engage in homosexual acts with one another) are among the groups facing the heaviest burden of HIV. These groups are the most hard to reach in terms of testing and treatment.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

HIV self-testing is being explored as a way of encouraging more individuals in Africa, particularly in high risk groups. It's estimated that less than half of all HIV-positive people on the African continent are unaware of their status. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


MAJOR OUTBREAK: Ebola outbreak continues to devastate West Africa Watch

Image of Ebola is a virus that is spread to humans via contact with infected animals and their meat, such as rats and monkeys. It has a high fatality rate an no known cure.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak which has been devastating West Africa has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on July 15, with 68 new fatalities in Sierra Leone and Liberia. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The WHO said that the ... continue reading


Spreading like wildfire - Ebola takes 25 more lives in West Africa Watch

Image of The Ebola virus continues to spread in Africa, with 50 new cases developing in three West African countries.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Africa continues to struggle with the Ebola virus the World Health Organization (WHO) said on July 8. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Fifty new cases of the disease have been reported, along with 25 deaths in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3.Give a ... continue reading


CAR rebels siege church, kill unarmed civilians Watch

Image of Between 4,000 and 6,000 Christian civilians live at the the St. Joseph's Cathedral in Bambari. This photo shows them at an earlier Easter Sunday service.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Showing blatant disregard for life and faith, rebel fighters alongside armed Muslim civilians in the Central African Republic killed several people in an attack on a church compound. Thousands of unarmed civilians had taken refuge there to escape the violence ... continue reading


Oil crisis in Libya reaches agreement with rebels Watch

Image of The ports had been reclaimed after an agreement with Ibrahim Jathran, whose fighters had seized the terminals almost a year ago in a bid for more regional autonomy.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The North African nation of Libya, free from the iron grip of Colonel Moammar Khadafy has declared that their oil crisis has reached a diplomatic end. Libya's acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni says that the government has reached a deal with a rebel ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Song of Songs 3:1-4
1 On my bed at night I sought the man who is my ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
2 Thus I have gazed on you in the sanctuary, seeing ... Read More

Gospel, John 20:1-2, 11-18
1 It was very early on the first day of the week and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 22nd, 2014 Image

St. Mary Magdelene
July 22: She is called "the Penitent". St. Mary was given the ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter