Kuwait is top of the list with the highest average body mass index
UK is 26th in the list with America second
Bangladesh is bottom along with some of the poorest countries in world
The countries which contain the heaviest and lightest citizens can be revealed today.
This extraordinary graphic shows the average body mass index values for adults around the globe – with some surprising results.
With its wealthy society and love of fast [...]
AS A GROWING POPULATION STRESSES the world’s food and water supplies, corporations and investors in wealthy countries are buying up foreign farmland and the freshwater perks that come with it.
From Sudan to Indonesia, most of the land lies in poverty-stricken regions, so experts warn that this widespread purchasing could expand the gap between developed and developing countries.
The ‘water grabbing’ by corporations amounts to 454 billion cubic metres per year globally, [...]
By Tom Miles
GENEVA, July 4 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization has agreed new membership standards for the weakest economies, lowering the bar for countries such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Sudan to join the global trading club, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
In the document, which was agreed on June 29 and will be rubber-stamped by the WTO’s General Council on July 25-26, the WTO’s 155 existing members [...]
Robert Zoellick said the World Bank would support a Brics bank, an idea formally proposed at a summit in New Delhi last week. The World Bank has previously backed the creation of the Islamic Development Bank and the Opec Fund to build financing and analytical capabilities.
If Brics nations “decide they want another financing vehicle – fine. Let’s figure out how to work with it … I’m enough of an economist [...]
By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent
WASHINGTON | Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:52am EDT
(Reuters) – Like oil in the 20th century, water could well be the essential commodity on which the 21st century will turn.
Human beings have depended on access to water since the earliest days of civilization, but with 7 billion people on the planet as of October 31, exponentially expanding urbanization and development are driving demand like never before.
Water use has been growing [...]
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The United Nations said Wednesday that about 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year, which amounts to roughly one third of all the food produced for human consumption.
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization commissioned a report on food loss and waste as rising prices and diminished production worldwide have contributed to an increase in food insecurity.
“The issue of food losses is of [...]
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The number of the world’s people is expected to grow from nearly 6.9 billion currently to 9.3 billion by 2050 and 10.1 billion by 2100, U.N. population experts said Tuesday.
The projections are used by the United Nations and its many agencies to devise and fund programs for problems ranging from climate change to maternal mortality.
LISBON, Portugal – Portugal’s finance minister said Wednesday his country needs a bailout because of its high debts and difficulty raising money on international markets.
Fernando Teixeira dos Santos said in written comments to daily Jornal de Negocios that “I believe it is necessary to resort to the financing mechanisms available in Europe.”
Portugal would become the third financially troubled eurozone country after Greece and Ireland to [...]
The last time food prices hit ridiculous levels, the immediate outcome was global food riots in places such as Haiti and Bangladesh. Which is why distributors of riot equipment in the world’s poorest countries may be in for a bumper crop as the Food and Agriculture Organization has just announced that world food prices have just surpassed the previous record last seen in [...]
People won’t acknowledge the sting of inflation until their contraceptives and electronic gadgets get too expensive. The last time food prices hit ridiculous levels, the immediate outcome was global food riots in places such as Haiti and Bangladesh. Which is why distributors of riot equipment in the world’s poorest countries may be in for a bumper crop as the Food and Agriculture Organization has just [...]