May 9, 2008
Soaring food and oil costs have hit the less fortunate harder than ever. While there have always been hungry children, women and men, the situation has reached a crisis point in many parts of the world.
The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) called for urgent action to tackle the “silent tsunami” of rising food prices which threatens to push more than 100 million people worldwide into hunger. “This is the new face of hunger – the millions of people who were not in the urgent hunger category six months ago but now are,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.
The World Bank and the UN are mobilizing a global drive to meet the food price crisis that threatens to plunge millions more poor people into hunger. The urgent first step is raising US$755 million in emergency aid for the UN's World Food Programme (WFP), World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick said following a meeting with the heads of 26 UN-related agencies in Berne, Switzerland, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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