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By Christopher Swann
April 12 (Bloomberg) -- Further gains in food prices would be ``terrible'' for the world's poor and throw hundreds of thousands of them into starvation, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said.
Governments throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East are seeking to combat food inflation and avoid social unrest by curbing exports or lifting import duties on basic food staples such as rice. Global food prices surged 57 percent last month from a year earlier, according to the United Nations, and the World Bank warns civil disturbances may be triggered in 33 countries.
If food inflation keeps accelerating at its current rate ``the consequences will be terrible,'' Strauss-Kahn told reporters at the IMF's semi-annual meeting in Washington today. ``Hundreds of thousands of people will be starving, leading to a disruption in the economic environment.''
Did Trucker Protest Work?
“Because we wanted the attention ultimately of the legislators - you know federal, state, and local legislature - to know hey we got a problem here and we need somebody to look into it” points out Liverman.
Already Keith says some area lawmakers have contacted him, stating their support and promising their help.
Originally posted by grover
If we did complain to THIS government all bush minor would do is to give some mealymouthed platitude about how they were working on it, and then do nothing.
[edit on 13-4-2008 by grover]