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International Food Security Assessment, 2011-21

International Food Security Assessment, 2011-21

by Shahla Shapouri
Paperback, 64 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 9781437988796

This report shows that the number of food-insecure people in developing countries is estimated to decline by about 9 million, from 861 million in 2010 to 852 million in 2011 and the number is projected to decline by 16 percent, or nearly 140 million over the next decade.

Food security in Asia and the Latin America and the Caribbean region is projected to improve, whereas food security in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to deteriorate. Food-insecure people are defined as those consuming less than the nutritional target of roughly 2,100 calories per day per person.

Charts and tables. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find publication.

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August 9, 2011 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Treaties Latin America and the Caribbean: Illicit Drug Trafficking and U.S. Counterdrug (ISBN: 1437934056)

Treaties Latin America and the Caribbean: Illicit Drug Trafficking and U.S. Counterdrug (ISBN: 1437934056)
By Clare Ribando Seelke
(Paperback, 34 pages, 2010, $20)

Earlier in June 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton toured Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss issues, including drug trafficking, Politics Daily reported. On the agenda were the lawless border regions — between, for one, Colombia and Ecuador — where legitimate governments are stymied by non-state actors wielding sub-machine guns and running drugs. The Washington Office on Latin America noted that drug money from Venezuela and other countries is funneled throughout the Caribbean, corrupting officials and paving the way for safe passage of drugs.

Contents: (1) An Overview of Illicit Drugs in Latin America and the Caribbean: Drug Traffickers and Related Criminal-Terrorist Actors; (2) U.S. Antidrug Assistance Programs in Latin America: Plan Colombia: Mérida Initiative for Mexico and Central America: U.S. Assistance to Mexico Beyond Mérida; Central American Regional Security Initiative; Caribbean Basin Security Initiative; Department of Defense (DoD) Counternarcotics Assistance Programs; (3) Foreign Assistance Prohibitions and Conditions: Annual Drug Certification Process; Conditions on Counternarcotics Assistance: Human Rights Prohibitions on Assistance to Security Forces; Country-Specific Prohibitions on Certain Counterdrug Assistance; Drug Eradication-Related Conditions; (4) Issues for Congress. Illustrations.

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June 23, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Caribbean-American Heritage Month Book Special: Vertamae Cooks in The Americas’ Family Kitchen by Vertamae Grosvenor (ISBN: 091233388X)

Weekly Book Special: June 14th-June 21st

June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month. In commemoration, this week’s special is:

Vertamae Cooks in “The Americas’ Family Kitchen”
Written by Vertamae Grosvenor, Foreword by Ed Bradley
(Paperback, 192 pages, 1996, $19.00)
Vertamae Cooks

Storyteller, poet and culinary anthropologist Vertamae Grosvenor displays the pleasures of Caribbean-American cooking in this companion to the PBS series “The Americas’ Family Kitchen.” Learn how African tastes and traditions have influenced the various cuisines of America, acquiring new flavors and ingredients along the way in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

You’ll find more than 100 full-color down-home recipes, spiced with Vertamae’s anecdotes, humor and historical insights. Every recipe, ranging from Hoppin’ John to Sunshine Soup to Low Country Red Rice, has a story. Also includes an introduction to the history of Afro-Caribbean cooking and culture.

Our favorite recipe is for Auntie Kali’s Puerto Rican-Style Pork Roast (click to enlarge):
Auntie Kali's Puerto Rican-Style Pork Roast

“These recipes are a sweet mix of history, anthropology, and storytelling that come together to create a tasty treat for the most modest of cooks,” writes Book News. “Every recipe is thoughtfully written, and many are annotated with Vertamae’s own historical or anecdotal take on the origin of the recipe. A beautiful and moving portrait of Caribbean culture — and delicious recipes to boot.”

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