December 2011

Sandy Tolan and Charlotte Buchen’s thoughts on Egypt’s food policies are on Al Jazeera’s website. The article grew out of the reporting they did for the “Food for 9 Billion” project.


Just a quick hello from the domestic airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where I’m waiting to board a flight to Jessore, in the south. Some people say Bangladesh is the most vulnerable country in the world to climate change. I’ll be looking at what communities and NGOs are doing to get ready for a new world of storms, floods, droughts, salty soils and other unpleasantnesses. Then I’ll come back to Dhaka to talk to officials, scientists and activists about their priorities, successes and frustrations. Because this is for the Food for 9 Billion project, I’ll be asking mostly about food and agriculture.

Plane is boarding—all for now.


As Egyptians prepare to vote in the second round of parliamentary elections this week, Sandy Tolan explores the roots of what some have called “the revolution of the hungry.” Listen for his story tonight on American Public Media’s Marketplace.

It’s the latest installment of “Food for 9 Billion,” a collaborative project of Homelands Productions, the Center for Investigative Reporting, Marketplace, and PBS NewsHour.

Some really impressive work by the Fault Lines team at Al Jazeera English on the political and historical roots of the crisis in the Horn of Africa. See this 24-minute program about the origins of the famine in Somalia and this one about drought, food prices and climate change in Kenya. Each links the current problems to political decisions in the US and other countries.

Al Jazeera has a useful page full of information and reports from the Horn.