martes, 16 de diciembre de 2008

2 billions out of 12 (so far) for the food crisis

Last October Ofman International published that:
"Five months after countries pledged to give more than $12bn (£6.9bn) to address the global food emergency, less than $1bn has been given.... The number of malnourished people in the world rose by 44 million in 2008. Nearly one billion people are now going hungry. When you consider the speed of the world's response to the credit crisis, the delay in acting is shocking."

This news by the Word Bank.

Read more at this link with the news given by The Guardian

But, one good news we can say today is that:
The European Parliament: MEPs adopted a compromise agreement between Parliament, Council and Commission allowing for adoption in first reading of the regulation establishing the 1 billion euro food facility.
The report by Gay MITCHELL (EPP-ED, IE) which says that the Commission's proposal for a 1-billion-euro fund to address the food crisis is a major, and very timely, contribution to meeting this urgent challenge. The report sets out that the total financial reference amount for the implementation of this Regulation over the period 2008-2010 will be €1 billion. The legislative resolution was adopted with 561 votes in favour, 24 against and 34 abstentions.

Read more at the European Parliament web site

Read more at the Oxfam web site