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Robert Zoellick on Sunday 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.
An open world economy is crucial to global prosperity, he said, urging a successful conclusion to world trade talks.
Zoellick said the Development Committee endorsed his call for a \"New Deal for Global Food Policy\" that would aim to boost agricultural productivity in poor nations , improve access to food through schools or work places and help small farmers.
He said earlier this month the bank would nearly double the money it lends for agriculture in Africa from $450 million to $800 million.