No more cheap food

2008-03-31 00:00

“This is the new face of hunger,” said Josetta Sheeran, director of the World Food Programme, launching an appeal for an extra $500 million so it could continue supplying food aid to 73 million hungry people this year. “People are simply being priced out of food markets … We have never before had a situation where aggressive rises in food prices keep pricing our operations out of our reach.”

Last year it became clear that the era of cheap food is over: food costs worldwide rose by 23% between 2006 and 2007. This year, what is becoming clear is the impact of this change on ordinary people’s lives.

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