Cuba Alternative To Imports – Plant GM Corn

Cuba could soon authorize the planting of 124 acres (50 hectares) of genetically-modified corn for the first time to help reduce its dependence on costly food imports, Cuban scientists said on Tuesday {2/12/08}.

Regulators are expected to approve this initial crop of biotech corn, which would provide enough seed to expand to 14,830 acres (6,000 hectares) next year, said Carlos Borroto, deputy director of state-run Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

“We expect over the next few days to get the license for those 50 hectares,” he told reporters. “This is very important, because the alternative is to keep relying on imports.”

Cuba imports around 60 per cent of its food, including large amounts of soy, wheat and corn. The United States is the Communist-ruled island’s largest food supplier under an amendment to its trade embargo on Cuba.

Cuban President Raul Castro recently called increased agricultural output a matter of “national security” as soaring international food prices are expected to drain more than $2 billion from the government’s coffers this year.

Some environmental groups oppose transgenic crops because they say the food may hold unknown long-term health dangers. But GMO supporters say the crops carry no health risks and are the only way to reduce world food shortages.

Borroto said biotech corn similar to the Cuban type had already passed strict controls in Japan, Canada and Europe. Cuban laboratories are also in the development stages of producing genetically modified soy, potatoes and tomatoes.

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, a non-profit group promoting biotech foods, estimates GMO crops are now grown in 23 countries, mostly by poor farmers in developing countries.

“You have a need for more and better food, nutritionally. This technology can provide you with that option,” said the group’s founder Clive James, a British scientist who was invited to Havana by the Cuban institute. “I believe there is an opportunity for Cuba to do so in the near term.”

Cuba’s harvests have been battered this year by three hurricanes that the government estimates caused nearly $10 billion in damages. The storms destroyed 30 per cent of the country’s crops, touching off brief food shortages.

Source: Reuters

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World Leaders May Consider Suspending Financial Markets

 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi told reporters today that stock markets might be suspended in response to the financial meltdown. He was quoting as saying that the solution to the crisis will have to be global and innovative.

The solutions to the crisis will have to be “global and innovative,” Berlusconi said. “There is talk of suspending the markets” while international financial rules are “rewritten.”

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Lord Help Us. 

On Another Note

Jamaica is on the World Bank List of financially strain states. Does that means Jamaica may be the one most vulnerable to feel the effects of this global financial meltdown first in the Caribbean?

A new World Bank report on Thursday named 28 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East facing financial strains due to high food and fuel costs and now from a cascading credit crisis.

Among the “fiscally vulnerable” countries are Jordan, Cambodia, Lebanon, Jamaica, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tajikistan, Madagascar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Malawi, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Fiji, Haiti, Seychelles and Mauritania.

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Biodiesel Company Sucessful Trial = 100gals Refined Biodiesel

First Production Trial Ends in Successful Production of Refined Biodiesel; Company Expects Regular Production to Begin Shortly

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Amelot Oil Barbados Ltd. a wholly owned subsidiary of Amelot Oil, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Biomatic 400, an important component of the Company’s biodiesel refining facilities, has been cleared by Barbados customs and is at its new home at the Future Centre in Saint Thomas, Barbados, marking the completion of the Group’s Barbados refining facility.

 

The Company is pleased to announce that on Friday, August 8th, 2008 the first production trial of its Barbados refining facility ended in the successful production of approximately one hundred gallons of refined biodiesel.

“We are very pleased to have arrived at this milestone,” said Handel Callender, General Manager of Amelot Oil Barbados. “The successful completion and testing of our Barbados refining facility means that in time, the Company will be able to increase output of refined biodiesel to a level which will one day satisfy this small island’s demand for affordable, clean energy,” Mr. Callender continued.

“The successful launch of our Barbados refining and production facilities means that the Company can continue with the business of securing feedstock — in this case, used cooking oil — and pursuing relationships with potential consumers of Amelot biodiesel,” said Aziz Hirji, Chief Executive of Amelot Holdings, Inc., (Pink Sheets:AMHD) the parent company of Amelot Oil, Inc.

Hirji said additional staff have been hired at the Company’s refining facility and he expects regular production at the facility to begin in September, 2008.

Source – Amelot Holdings Inc/Primenewswire

First Commerical Biodiesel Company In Barbados Off To A Start

News release by Amelot Holdings Inc. distributed by PrimeNewswire

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Amelot Holdings, Inc. (Pink Sheets:AMHD) is pleased to announce that the necessary paperwork has been completed, and Amelot’s Barbados subsidiary is now fully operational.

Amelot Oil Barbados Ltd. is now an officially registered business on the island of Barbados. The company is making tremendous progress as it continues to build a solid corporate foundation. Handel Callender, General Manager Barbados, is finalizing Amelot’s lease agreement with Counterpart Caribbean at the Future Centre. This agreement will establish Amelot’s base of operations. The partnership between the Future Centre and Amelot Oil will only further strengthen as each party continues its pursuit and commitment to the education and practice of good environmental principles. The company is also in the process of finalizing its official strategic proposal for the St. Thomas Parish Ambassador’s Program. Amelot is looking to have this proposal finalized and submitted in the coming weeks.
“I am very pleased with the progress of the Barbados Project,” stated Aziz Hirji, President of Amelot Holdings, Inc. “Everything is going as planned. Our goal is to build a solid reputation and presence on the island of Barbados. Mr. Callender has done an excellent job of creating awareness and excitement about the project throughout the island. I am looking forward to updating all of our shareholders on the continued progress of our newest subsidiary.”
About Amelot Holdings, Inc.:
Amelot Holdings, Inc. ( http://www.amelotholdings.com), a publicly traded company, is a diversified holding company that has identified Bio-diesel as a $20 billion emerging market. Amelot plans to have a significant market share in growing low cost feedstocks to supply the growing demand for biodiesel, to reduce energy dependency of fossil fuels, to help reduce the U.S. dependency on foreign oil supplies and reduce the impact of energy on our environment.
Source – Market Watch

Bombing Of Iran Imminent

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday warned against the use of force on Iran, saying there was no proof it was trying to build nuclear weapons.

He made the statement when asked to comment on Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz’s statement earlier this month that Israel could attack Iran if it does not halt its nuclear program.

“I hope the actual actions would be based on international law,” Lavrov said. “And international law clearly protects Iran’s and anyone else’s territorial integrity.”

Lavrov said Russia had asked both the United States and Israel to provide factual information to back their claims that Iran was working to build atomic weapons. “So far we have seen none, and the same conclusion was made by the International Atomic Energy Agency,” he said.

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Chavez To Next US President: Let’s Work Together

Hugo Chavez wants to work together with the next US president, the Venezuelan president said Saturday, adding that Venezuela and the United States should cooperate to resolve problems including world hunger, energy shortages and climate change.Go to fullsize image

But Chavez also warned that George W. Bush “will be much more dangerous during the last months that he has left” in the White House, and accused the outgoing US president of attempting to orchestrate his assassination or spur a military rebellion in Venezuela.

“Whoever is the next president of the United States, I’d like start preparing the way to start working together,” said Venezuela’s socialist leader.

By cooperating, both countries could “help save the world from the food crisis, energy crisis and climate crisis,” he added.

Further Reading – Chavez: Venezuela Wants To Cooperate With Next US President

Solution To Food Crisis – Feed Chickens And Pigs Animal Parts!!!

An idiotic measure to dealt with the food crisis on the world markets is finding favour with the European Union in the form of the European Food Safety Authority.

If certain interests have its way the EU ban on feeding livestock animal parts could be remove in order to shore up grain for  humans.

The ban was imposed because of a deadly outbreak of mad cow disease in Britain in 1996.

But now Europeans emotions are being manipulated into accepting the fact that it is “morally and ethically

to be destroying this food when people are starving?.”

A Professor Wall insisted that it is now safe to lift the ban. His reasoning?

“Soya meal and other grain prices are going through the roof. No one I know is worried about the science. There is only concern about consumer reaction.”

Someone ought to be worry. Exposing persons to a possible scenario described above is a deadly game!.

Am I then to understand that these animals are eating better than human beings?. Or does not common sense tells me that the grain given to the animals in the first place would be the type not suitable for human consumption?  Who will be receiving this grain, the poorest of the poor?

Have common sense finally gone out through the door on the issue of food security?

I guess reducing ethanol production is out of the question!

Further reading – BSE Food Ban Should Be Lifted To Cut Grain Prices, Says EU Food Chief

See related articles – UN World Food Program Credibility At Stake? Agency Cries Provety Whilst Sitting On $1.22b!!!

                                  Food Crisis – International Answer Needed

Jamaica And Guyana Kiss And Made Up Over Rice Row

About two weeks ago we reported on a showdown between Jamaica And Guyana where Jamaica was looking a the possibilty of importing rice from the US because Guyana was having difficulities meet their quota under an agreement between the two.

Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Commerce and Investment, Karl Samuda response back then was,

“We will not place consumers at risk.”

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Well they have reached an agreement.

‘………the two sides agreed that Jamaica would go ahead with the suspension ofhe CET on the first 9,000 tonnes of the staple on the way from the US, due to arrive in the island next Tuesday ………in turn, Jamaica gave a guarantee to buy 60,000 tonnes of rice from Guyana every year. Guyana will also supply an additional 14,000 tonnes of rice in two weeks.”

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UN World Food Program Credibility At Stake? Agency Cries Provety Whilst Sitting On $1.22b!!!

This article is sure going to raise a few eyebrows in the international community. Every since the surging global food crisis with millions around the world starving, the UN has been appealing to donors to contribute to its needy fund to feed the poor [who have been hit the hardest], one would have gotten the impression that the UN WFP [World Food Program] was on its last legs and  were hardpress to do any about the current situation when lo and behold FOXNews reports that the agency has 1.22b in its coffers. Not 1.22m. But 1.22 BILLIONS DOLLARS!!!. Read more of this post

Rice Shortage In Barbados?

No sooner had the ink dry on the previous post where pointed questions where asked about our security of rice here on this island than when I was inform that today’s Sunday Sun have reported that some supermarkets have started to limit  the amount of rice customers could purchase. Well it was bound to happen sooner or later, right?.

Bajan Global Report blogging on “Jamaica To Import 30,000 Tonnes Of Rice To Prevent Shortfall  What About Barbados?” asked these questions,

  1. Do we have any rice reserves on this fair island of ours?.
  2. Are the importers increasing their orders to make up for the coming short fall?.
  3. Do we have the warehouse space to store let’s say 10,000 tonnes of rice?.

Now we have at least 2 supermarkets – Channell Supermarket – Collymore Rock [formerly Budg Buy] and Popular Discount – Spooner’s Hill rationing rice. In Channell case, customers were limited to one bag of rice each whereas over at Popular, customers have a choice of either purchasing 2- 4kg bags or 1 – 20 pound bag per shopper.

But guess what, the larger supermarkets are still selling rice as usual!. Unusual right?,  since one would expect the bigger supermarkets to be the first to rationed rice. But wait! Who am I kidding!. The small man are always the first to suffer so why should it be any different now. If we are to go by the newpaper story a Channell female manager said “suppliers were limiting and rice scarce”.

Did the suppliers started limiting rice because of the anticipating shortage in the future or are we now in the throes of a shortage but the suppliers are allowing the larger supermarkets to stock up to look “good”, whilst limiting certain retailers?.

Then we have Lionel C Hill of Hill Milling – the leading local rice distributor and who packages rice for six different labels – Texana, Eagle, Indian Girl, Farmland, Ohio and Dallas – expressing delight on his bond being full.

Can we take it then that all is well with Hill and the Government? and exactly how much  tonnage of rice does the bond holds? and how long will it last?.

Questions that definitely need  answers.

 

 

 

 

Jamaica To Import 30,000 Tonnes Of Rice To Prevent Shortfall What About Barbados?

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dreams I saw [seven heads] of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk. after them, seven others sprouted – withered and thin and sorched by the east wind. The thin heads of grain swallowed up the [seven] good heads……….”. Then Joseph said to Pharaoh,”God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are [seven years] of famine. [Seven years] of great abundance are coming throughout the land……..but [seven years] of famine will followed.” [ Gen:41:22-30] Read more of this post

None So Blind As Those That Cannot See

As we took a look around the blogsphere we came across two interesting blogs on the issue of food crisis here in the Caribbean.

But first we have to ask a few questions. Is telling your citizens that there is no food crisis a way to avoid panic amongst the population hoping that the current global food crisis would go away? Or is it better to inform your citizens that there is indeed a looming food crisis on hand in terms of a food shortage, prepare them for the worse and protect them people as best as you can?

Caribbean people are not stupid. They read, watch and listen just like everyone else. They are very much aware of what is happening in the outside world. The riots, the protests, the hoarding of certain staples, the reduce exports of basic commodities like rice are telling us that they are indeed a food crisis and even if it has not reach our Caribbean shores as yet it will sooner or later as the Caricom depends heavily on its food imports.

For instance, over at Abeni’s blog ‘And Still I Rise’, he reports that the St Vincent government said that ” there is no food crisis on our shores”. Whilst one commenter “find this [statement] somewhat odd and extremely strange.”

He notes “…………with respect to increased and inflated food prices [this] is rather interesting if not ludicrous and irresponsible.

Then there is Trinidad & Tobago which last week could not agreed on the whether there is or is not a food crisis in that country!

Jyoti Communication writes “Agricultural Minister Arnold Piggot says Trinidad and Tobago is not facing a food crisis.”

“I wouldn’t like us to say that we have a crisis in food in Trinidad & Tobago because I don’t know that we do. I am not aware that we have a crisis at this time,” he added.

Guess what? His cabinet colleague sang a different tune last week. Consumer Affairs Minister Peter Taylor “encourage consumers to change their eating habits and start planting home gardens to survive the worsening food crisis.

Now you can see the confusion. One Minister says there is a food crisis and another says there isn’t none. Well which one is it? The Prime Minister came in the save the day. This week Patrick Manning acknowledged a food crisis in that country with the announce of that “the government has already created 7,000 news farms………….where food production has started.”

So let us put this in a nutshell. The Consumer Minister knows more of a “worsening food crisis” than the Agricultural Minister who has responsible for the food security in that country!!!?. If that de bout hay somebody de gine holler early elecshuns!!!.

Thank God for Haynesley Benn. The Agricultural Minster seems to have his feet on solid ground. He has already ask farmers to gear up for the 2009 onions crop season, doing all within his power to protect local farmers that an “all hands on deck” approach was necessary if Barbados was to achieve food sovereignty — “which speaks to our ability, not only to feed ourselves, but to produce the food with which to do so.”
The Minister who grew up with agriculture in his bones is keen on improving Barbados food security unlike the previous government who answer to the spiralling food costs was to introduced a basket of 9 goods with subsidies pricing without a fruit or vegetable in it.

With a $1/2b food bill hanging over our heads I believe we can do without the brussels sprouts, [roasted] corn and some of the imported frozen products that are already old by the time they get here to name a few.

Haiti To Receive Food Aid From Florida

                                                                                                                                                                                                Mayor Major Thomas Masters [Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County] returned from Haiti late Tuesday, armed with a challenge: Collect enough flour, rice and cooking oil to return to the impoverished country in 30 days.

Masters along with two local Haitian  ministers were among a 20-person delegation, headed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, that spent three days in Haiti.   The group met with top government officials and toured the country in an effort to assess Haiti’s food crisis.

 

“Poverty and devastation like I’ve never seen before,” said Masters, also a bishop and pastor of New Macedonia Baptist Church in Riviera Beach. “People are literally starving to death.”

The trip moved Masters to lead a local campaign to collect food and water to be shipped Haiti.

At a news conference after his trip, Jackson called the food crisis a “horror of hunger.” He asked for the Bush administration to intervene by forgiving Haiti’s debt, stabilize food prices and provide financial assistance to Haitian farmers.

Haiti needs rice, cereal, bottled water, dry beans, flour, cooking oil and powered milk. The medical supplies like Band-aids, hydrogen peroxide and anti-bacterial ointment are required also.

Mayor Masters is also enlisting the help of other Mayors to provide drop-off locations throughout their cities.

Pablo Garcia, a 19-year Palm Beach Community College student decided to get involved. The Lake Worth teen dropped off 40 pounds of rice and two gallons of cooking oil at city hall to aid in Masters’ campaign.

“When I was younger, my mom and I were living on the streets. I know what it’s like,” said Garcia, who is studying to be a software programmer. “I just wanted to give back.

Source – Palm Beach Post

Can Barbadian Biodiesel Company Save Us From Rising Energy Bills?

Barbadian entrepreneur Handel Callender is in the right place at the right time. With raising energy prices worldwide having a negative impact locally, the Barbadian who operates a biodiesel company, Native Sun NRG, have seen his vision to expand the one man operation taken off. Native Sun NRG is being bought over by a US company – Amelot Holdings Inc, a publicly traded company incorporated in the state of Wyoming and headquartered in New York, US.

Handel Callender who was featured in a March 2007 Nation’s [original story] article operates the first commerical biodiesel company in Barbados or 100% Bajan renewable fuel as he calls it. The article states that he was in the final stages of negotiations with an unnamed America company for a $20,000 plus investment which would have resulted in more equipment, hiring of additional staff and expansion of production to more than 300 gallons a week. Currently the company produces 100 gallons a week.

According to Mr Callender Barbados has the potential to produce a thousand times that amount given that an estimated 500 000 gallons of used oil is generated each year, which could be collected for recycling into about 400 000 gallons of biodiesel.

400 000 gallons that can greatly reduce the Transport Board fuel bill.

The managing director who primary goal is to service the small business sector with cheaper fuel was quoted as saying that “The most important thing I would like to see happen is to use bio-diesel not for something as inefficient as transport, but for energy generation in small businesses. A lot of them are getting hit really hard by the increase in energy prices, and if I could find a way to make biodiesel cheaper than regular diesel and supply it to small businesses so they can become sustainable . . . that would be great.”

The US, through Congress, has mandated that 25 per cent of corn production should go to biofuel production. What this has done is reduced the supply of corn for food consumption, placing pressure on the price. Now why isn’t biodiesel being push more as an alternative than ethanol on the world stage?.

Amelot a diversified holding company identified Biodiesel as a US$20b emerging market had this to say.

“We feel this addition to our company will provide us and our shareholders with the necessary tools to be truly successful in the biodiesel industry,”

Generating enought of this “waste” to reduce this country fuel import bill by 10 to 20%?”. Anything is possible.

British Columbia recently pass legislation for renewable fuels to comprise 5% of all diesel and gasoline sold in B.C by 2010.

In February 24 2008, a biofuel- powered commercial aircraft took off from London’s Heathrow Airport and touch down in Amsterdam on a demonstration flight . It was the world’s first and was hailed as a step towards “cleaner” flying.

Hey! I will be first in line to get some of that 100% Bajan renewable fuel for my vechicle. Anything to make my diesel vechicle more efficient and with less pollution in de air.

Further reading –

Barbadian Biodiesel Company Snapped Up By US Interests

Food Crisis – International Answer Needed

There are plenty of voices blaming biofuels for the world food crisis. They all are right, and also are wrong. There is a link between biofuels and food prices — the move to biofuels to counter the high price of oil has taken massive amounts of land out of food production, resulting in higher prices for both cereals and animal feed. But biofuels are not the root cause of the price hikes; they and the high price of oil are simply the straw that broke the camel’s back.

The real villain is the phasing out of subsidies in so many parts of the world at the behest of the IMF and the World Bank. More land has been taken out of food production as a result than any shift to biofuels. It has hit poorer countries particularly hard because they are the ones that have most needed IMF and World Bank support.

Without subsidies, farmers in countries such as Ghana or Gabon — West Africa has been particularly affected — could not compete against cheap imports from the big producers, and gave up. But no one realized a crisis was brewing because cheap food imports continued to arrive. It is only now, with prices rocketing, that poorer countries find they do not have enough local producers to fall back on.

Last week, France announced that it would double its emergency food aid budget to counter the effects of the food crisis. But something far more coordinated, far bigger than individual government responses is needed if millions are not to starve or political instability sweep over the poorer parts of the world.

Half a century ago, the precursor of the European Union, the European Economic Community, chose to subsidize farmers to ensure that Europe never went hungry again. The policy was a brilliant success. Europe has been a net exporter of food ever since. In the 1980s and 1990s, however, with the fixation on free-market forces and the political victory of capitalism over communism, subsidies became a dirty word, not just in Europe but worldwide.

They were associated with socialism and state-controlled economies despite virtually all developed economies operating subsidies of one type or another. The result was a campaign against them, led by the IMF and the World Bank. Inevitably the countries that had to accept this were the poorest, the ones that needed IMF and World Bank help the most.

Europe’s success with agricultural subsidies, which continue despite repeated efforts by European free- market ideologues and cost-cutting bureaucrats across the continent to do away with them, should be a lesson to all.

They are the obvious answer to a food crisis that is only going to get worse. But in today’s interconnected global economy, they cannot be left to individual governments to operate, particularly given that the countries that most need them are the ones least able to afford them.

What is needed is an international body to coordinate subsidies. Ironically, it is an obvious role for the very bodies that have so vigorously attacked them, the World Bank and the IMF. The food crisis is an international problem and it requires an international answer.

See previous articles – Bio-Foolishness

A Look At Our Caricom Neighbours

Africa And India Team Up to Ensure Food Security

High Food Prices Causing Social Unrest WorldWide

World On The Brink Of Food Shortage!!! – 10 More Years Of Expensive Says

UN

Millions Starve As Tons Of Food Rots In Haitian’s Port

Bread From Potatoes

[Source – ArabNews]

Bio-Foolishness

Read how this feelgood measure is becoming a real world disaster for millions around the globe.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120872360532329375.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries

A Look At Our Caricom Neighbours

A brief look at how the global food crisis is affecting our Caricom neighbours as they too try to grapple with the rising food costs in their countries.

Haiti

Haiti which has felt the greatest impact out of the Caribbean nations have at least 5 people dead and 40 wounded this week since mass demonstrations began last week.

Grenada

Economic Development Minister Anthony Boatswain stepped in following the announcement of a 40% rise in flour prices by the Grenada Bakers Association.

What concerns us as a government…is the extent of the increase in those products,” Boatswain said.

“I would like to ask the {Grenada Bakers} Association to really consider the extent of the increase in the price of bread and products that consumers rely on so heavily”, he added.

St.Kitts & Nevis

The cabinet there has approved changes to local laws allowing greater flexibility in price controls.

Trinidad & Tobago

Armed guards have been placed on National Flour Mills Trucks carrying flour and other goods after several robberies.

Antigua

The Eastern Caribbean Group of Companies [based in St.Vincent] which operate a flour mill that supplies the wider Eastern Caribbean has increase the price of flour by 34%. The Antigua’s Finance Ministry has objected stating that any price increase had to be a result of negotiations with the government.

Guyana

Workers at the National Milling Company [Namilco] are up in arms over alleged dumping by two Trinidad companies in the Guyana market.

Jamaica

Agriculture Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has send out an appeal to Jamaicans consumers to decrease their dependence on food imports warning that the developing world crisis posed a “clear and present danger” to the nation. He urged Jamaicans to start planting in their backyards to reduce their food bill.

Barbados

Here at home, with oil prices now reaching US$114 barrel, fuel at the pump has increase by 70%. With government subsidy on flour ended, bajans have seen a 30% increase in flour. In the meantime the Thompson-led government have stated that they will continue to monitor the situation on flour and feed and will if necessary use moral persuasion and legislative force to thwart attempts at price gouging.

{Adapted from International Press Reports}

Haiti’s Prime Minister Jacques Alexis Fired!

Haiti is searching for a new Prime Minister. That’s because the previous one was fired on Saturday. Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis, was fired on Saturday in a vote by 16 opposition senators who said he had not done enough to ramp up food production and reduce the cost of living.

The latest upheaval follows a week of rioting by Haitians enraged at the soaring cost of rice, beans, cooking oil and other staples. The rioters went so far as banging on the presidental palace’ gates before UN peacekeepers fired rubber bullets and teargas to dispere them. Haiti’s government has become the first casualty in the Caricom Community to fall as a direct result of rising food prices which have led to protests and riots in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Yvonne Tsikata, the World Bank’s country director for the Caribbean, said in a statement that the World Bank still planned to provide $10 million in grant handouts to Haiti for school lunches and work programs and other measures to mitigate food price increases.

The development agency also said it planned to help Haiti develop a medium-term strategy to improve food security.

As for Barbados, Prime Minister David Thompson is to address the nation tonight on the issue of rising food prices and other related matters.

See prvious articles – High Foods Prices Causing Social Unrest Worldwide

World On The Brink Of Food Shortage!!! – 10 More Years Of Expensive Food: Says UN

Millions Starve As Tons Of Food Rots In Haitians Ports

Afica And India Team Up To Ensure Food Security

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Africa And India Team Up To Ensure Food Security

India and Africa vowed yesterday to strive together for food security and called on the western world to rethink diverting huge food stocks for bio fuel, creating shortages and driving up prices in poorer countries.

Rising food and oil prices threaten many African economies and are a headache for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government, which faces national elections next year.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned yesterday that high food prices and shortages would continue in the short term, making some poorer countries vulnerable to food riots.

While the move to turn food into bio fuel has benefited a handful of grain-surplus African countries such as Uganda, speakers at the {2 day }summit {in New Delhi India} blamed the tactic for skyrocketing prices and shortages.

“It is a challenge in the sense that there is this problem of shortage of food in a number of countries and there is a problem of high prices,” Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Tanzanian president and head of the African Union, said.

“These days the farms have been put to bio fuel production creating a shortage of food and therefore creating a problem of high prices.” He said Africa just needed to solve its agricultural production problems to produce enough that could not only feed the continent, but also provide for the world.

{Adapted from International Press Reports}

High Food Prices Causing Social Unrest Worldwide

History records Marie Antoinette in 1789 uttering the words “let them eat cake” to the growing unrest cause by higher bread prices in Paris and we know out that turn out.

Fast forward to 2008 and history is repeating itself. This time on a global scale. With raising foods prices sprialling out of control due to such factors as freakish weather, less planting of crops, increase food consumption in countries like China and India, countries safeguarding local markets first, thereby reducing exports and a weakening US dollar, persons feeling the effects are protesting their anger and fustration across the world. They are seeing more and more of their income spending on food and barely anything left to survive on.

Rice prices have so skyrocketed that China, Vietnam and India respresenting more than a third of global rice exports have curbed sales already. Philippines, the world’s biggest importer have raided warehouses to crack down on hoarding by traders.

Countries like Italy, Cameroon, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Vitenam and Cambodia have recorded protests and social unrest in one form or another. Egypt has had its share of troubles too. With police firing tear gas and arresting dozens of protesters in a crackdown of demonstrations in the city. Then there is Haiti, with thousands flooding the streets, shouting “We are hungry”. Business and schools close early for fear of violence whilst UN peacekeepers tried desperately to maintain law and order in a country where millions are already starving because of tons of food rotting in Haitian’s ports due to bureaucracy.

Eugene Thermilon 30, a Haitian day labouer can no longer afford pasta to feed his wife and 4 children since the price nearly doubled to $0.57{US} a bag. Their only meal on a recent day was two cans of corn grits.

“Their stomachs were not even full,” said Thermilon. By the next day,he still had nothing to feed them.

Governments worldwide have introduced measures like subsides and removal of duties to ease consumers but according to the UN, food prices aren’t going to get cheap any time soon.

See previous articles – World On The Brink Of Food Shortage!!! – 10 More Years Of Expensive Food : Says UN

Millions Starve As Tons Of Food Rots In Haitian’s Ports

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