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Food Politics

Food banks in Hong Kong

For more than a year Ms Chan has had to rely on food handouts to feed her family. Every week she walks from her home in Sham Shui Po to a food bank in Shek Kip Mei to collect packets of rice, noodles and canned food. Returning with a load of about 20kg, she lugs it up the stairs to her flat on the fifth floor of a walk-up.

Sunday, 28 October, 2012, 4:53pm

Grain law may leave farmers in the cold: experts

If a Sino-US deal did not drive home the message that food security is one of Beijing's priorities, Xi Jinping's return to America's agricultural heartland this month surely did.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

How the world's population exploded


In the past, people were reliant on Nature for food. Weather, soil quality, controlling pests and the need for water all played their part in restricting how much food could be produced.

Food could not travel great distances or be kept for a long time.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing pressed to open up on grain stockpiles

The last month has been the busiest time of year for Li Yingwen and his fellow grain farmers.

The tasks include testing combine harvesters, looking for labourers, supervising the reaping and spreading out the grain in the sun. Soon, Li will find himself dealing with rice traders from across the country.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Too poor for one square meal a day

Low-income families in the city cannot afford even half the price of a square meal needed for a balanced daily diet, according to a study.

The Oxfam Hong Kong study released yesterday found that an adult needs to spend more than HK$66 a day to maintain a balanced diet, but this is more than double the HK$30 a day that low-income families can afford.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Farm overseas to help nation, companies told

Greater support for agricultural investment overseas has been written into China's new five-year blueprint for agriculture, as limited farmland and water resources present a growing challenge to provide food for the nation's expanding population.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

More families turn to food banks

Social worker Connie Ng Man-yee has never been as busy as she is now, even though manpower at the St James Settlement's food bank has increased several-fold since it was established in 2003.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The poor go short as food prices bite

One in six poor families with children are frequently hungry and their lives are made even bleaker by rising food prices, a study by Oxfam found.

One 12-year-old girl said she had dinner only about three nights a week.

The World Wealth Report 2011 said Hong Kong last year had more than 100,000 people with a net worth of US$1 million or more.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Draining away our ability to feed people

There are all kinds of bubbles. We had the financial bubble that burst in 2008. There is the Chinese property bubble, which may take the world economy down with it when it bursts. But nothing compares with the food bubble.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

G20 is right to focus on the hungry poor

Spiking food prices were finally given the attention they deserve at a meeting last month of agriculture ministers from the G20 group of major economies. However, while their action plan contains much to applaud, it is also notable for some glaring omissions.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am