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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president of the World Bank on Sunday urged immediate action to deal with rapidly rising food prices that have caused hunger and deadly violence in several countries.
Robert Zoellick said the international community has "to put our money where our mouth is" and act now to help hungry people. "It is as stark as that."
He called on governments to rapidly carry out commitments to provide the U.N. World Food Program with $500 million in emergency aid it needs by May 1.
"It is critical that governments confirm their commitments as soon as possible and others begin to commit," Zoellick said. Prices have only risen further since the WFP issued that appeal, so it is urgent that governments step up."
Originally posted by Karlhungis
I find this interesting because the whole food crisis feels engineered to me. It seems like a crafty way of "thinning the herd". Especially since it isn't a problem with the supply of food so much as a problem with the poor people / nations being able to afford the food.