Rising food prices threaten widespread destabilization

Action is urgently needed to tackle the problem of global food shortages and rising food prices, which caused turmoil during 2007 and 2008.

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The call has come from Hillary Rodham Clinton, United States Secretary of State, who addressed a meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.

She said that according to World Bank figures, 44 million people have been pushed into poverty since just last June, because of rising food prices.

Secretary Clinton warned of the grave consequences, if the situation remains similar to the last rise in food prices in 2007 and 2008.

“For hundreds of millions of people the staple of life like rice, wheat or corn were suddenly out of reach. People who were already vulnerable fell into an even greater danger zone. Anger and frustration over food prices sparked riots in dozens of countries.”

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