G20 leaders' decision to facilitate food aid welcomed

farmers in Sierra Leone

The decision by leaders of the major economies known as the G20 to make it easier for hungry people around the world to get food assistance has been welcomed by the World Food Programme (WFP)

The G20 leaders have been meeting in Cannes, France, to discuss the global economic and financial crisis.

In their final declaration, they agreed that food purchased by WFP for humanitarian purposes will not be subject to export restrictions or extraordinary taxes.

The G20 leaders also committed themselves not to impose such restrictions in the future.

WFP says the G20 agreement will ensure the flow of food assistance to vulnerable people hit by high food prices, hunger and humanitarian crises.

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