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CIDA: Canada Fully Unties its Development Aid

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Sep 05, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) — The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced the Government’s plan to fully untie Canada’s development assistance by 2012-13.
“By fully untying Canada’s international development programs within 5 years means, this government is fulfilling its promise for effectiveness and greater efficiency in its international assistance,” said Minister Oda. “This significant step means that those who need our help will get the most value from Canada’s contributions.” Continue reading

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A vicious circle of misery – food prices and chronic hunger

In El Salvador’s markets, the buzz of bargaining once echoed in the narrow streets as ordinary people tried to stretch their meagre budgets and fill their families’ stomachs for another day.

Now, anger and silence have overtaken the marketplace, as the price of the most basic staples – rice, corn, flour, beans – has rocketed out of reach, and those who once barely stood their ground are falling through the floor of poverty to its basement: dependence on handouts from international donors.

“People are stunned. And it’s not just the poor and hungry buyers. It’s the small merchants themselves,” says Trevor Rowe, a World Food Program spokesperson for Latin America.

“They’re bearing the brunt of the consumers’ complaints, and they have a hard time justifying the high costs. It’s a brutal situation for everyone. In the rural part of the country the calorie intake was already low. Now people are plunged into chronic hunger.”

El Salvador is not alone. Throughout the world, the working poor, and even the middle class, have been pushed into poverty by soaring food costs. International aid organizations and charities are faced with a crisis that is unprecedented in the last half century. Continue reading

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