EC battles 48% poverty levels - DAILY DISPATCH 22 Mar 2011

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HIGH food prices, floods and droughts have dealt a severe blow to our national and household food security, particularly maize production which just last year exceeded demand. How could such a dramatic reversal happen so suddenly and in a wellresourced country like ours? And why is there so much confusion about the necessary legislative interventions needed to address the problems?

Increasingly, the international appetite for biofuels along with the impact of climate change is exposing the very real food security challenges facing our country. Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, told Parliament recently that government has once again turned down a request by farmers to turn the 2010 surplus harvest of maize into biofuel. Read the full article in the Daily Dispatch