Drought in Australia. Mentioned as one of the causes of the grain price increases in 2007-2008, the Australian drought continues.
posted July 13, 2008 at 7:25 a.m.
Democracy Losing Ground in Africa. The LA Times cites: problems in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia; "success stories" in Ghana and Sierra Leone; "western interest wanes," China's growing influence; ."poverty is the biggest single handicap."
posted July 13, 2008 at 7:20 a.m.
World Bank Head Calls for Increased Food Aid. WB President Bob Zoellick says that poor countries need $10 billion of food aid this year, and $6 billion/year for the forseeable future.
posted July 13, 2008 at 7:10 a.m.