Acutely tighter liquidity conditions in Gulf banking systems are casting doubt on how easily the region's lenders will be able to support their sovereigns' growing funding needs as depressed commodity prices take their toll.
A looming drought in Syria could push millions more people into hunger and exacerbate a refugee crisis caused by years of civil war, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Syria's breadbasket northwestern region has received less
The world suffered unprecedented climate extremes in the decade to 2010, from heatwaves in Europe and droughts in Australia to floods in Pakistan, against a backdrop of global warming, a United Nations report said on Wednesday.
World food prices held steady in February as falling wheat and sugar offset gains in vegetable oils and dairy prices, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday, forecasting increased cereals production in 2013.
Global food prices eased slightly in the second half of 2012, in part due to good harvests in the southern hemisphere, but prices remain high and could increase further in 2013, a report said.
Global food prices eased slightly in
France and other leading global wheat exporters, normally undercut by cheap Russian supplies, are poised to snag new business from top importer Egypt, with Russia's drought-depleted export surplus seen drying up within weeks.
World food prices stabilised in August at levels close to those reached in the food crisis of 2008, and global grain stocks are likely to shrink this year as cereal crop output falls short of what is needed, the United Nations
Light showers in nearly all of the US Midwest crop belt and cooler temperatures this week will help stabilise deterioration of corn and soybean plants that have already been severely harmed by the worst drought in more than a h
Bahrain is planning to build a BD754,000 ($2 million) teacher training college in the Somali capital Mogadishu as part of its project to help the country recover from decades of war, drought and famine.
Work is progressing on the project a
Doha-based Aquiess, a weather modification specialist, will use its rainfall-inducing technology to bring an early end to the devastating drought-famine in the Horn of Africa.
Aquiess is offering its rainfall technology to break the drough