Once every few years, the world goes through a familiar ritual: various factors converge to trigger unusual increases in global food prices. ... In response, countries rush through emergency measures to ward off widespread shortages. Prices stabilize, calm returns and the world declares yet another victory in the war against rising food prices. The crisis vanishes from the radar — until the next one.
Ethiopia has launched its biggest ever irrigation project over the Nile River after receiving US$100 million from the World Bank. The project ... is going ahead despite disapproval from Egypt, which is against such activities along the Nile.