Finance institutions and aid groups have begun changing their focus in Africa to smaller-scale systems that help to make farmers more independent.
Al-Shabaab's ban on one of the few agencies still operating in Somalia could deprive hundreds of thousands of people of critical food aid.
The opportunities are there and leaders must work together to make them bear fruit.
Across the Horn of Africa, a fierce drought is forcing more than 10-million people to rely on emergency food aid, up from a forecast of six-million.
North Korea has stepped up calls for international food aid amid shortages caused by its economic mismanagement and military spending.
Hardline Islamist insurgents in southern Somalia told international aid agencies on Tuesday to hand out all the food in their warehouses, or leave.
Zimbabwe's prime minister designate says he does not trust Robert Mugabe but believes he is committed to their new power-sharing deal.
What happens to a nation whose people depend on the largesse of international donor agencies for their existence, once support is withdrawn?
Aid agencies in Zimbabwe remain barred from reaching millions of starving Zimbabweans, despite two separate agreements in the inter-party talks.
Nearly 15-million people in the Horn of Africa region are facing a humanitarian disaster unless donors urgently release funds to deliver supplies.
Somalia faces a serious food crisis if no nation steps forward with naval ships to escort relief shipments through pirate-infested waters.
The World Food Programme says food cuts in Darfur are a forced necessity.
In the richest nation on Earth, a rising number of people line up for free food because they are struggling to put meals on the table at home.
The United States ambassador to Zimbabwe accused President Robert Mugabe's government on Friday of illegally using food aid as a weapon.
The world food crisis is a tragedy frequently and passionately foretold. For years food experts warned that chronic under-investment in agriculture in developing countries, by governments and donors alike, would one day spell disaster.