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10 Oct 2008 description
report Oxfam

The High Cost of Eating

The battle against hunger suffered a serious setback this year, due to escalating food prices caused by increased demand and reduced production. The 850 million people who suffer chronic hunger have now been joined by hundreds of millions more, virtually all of them in poor countries.

Haiti has been experiencing food riots as people cannot afford the food they need.

21 Sep 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional office and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

05 Sep 2008 description

Watch the Press Conference

The United Nations' emergency relief official today told a United Nations Headquarters press conference that the recent severe weather that had hit the Caribbean, South Asia and West Africa could not have come at a worse time, as many of the affected countries were already reeling from the effects of the global food crisis.

Briefing correspondents on the humanitarian situation in areas that have been affected by recent storms and floods, John Holmes, …

07 May 2008 description

Vienna, 7 May 2008 - "The global food crisis calls for a response based on solidarity, and Austria is making a further contribution," announced Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik today. At the suggestion of the Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management, the Federal Government has pledged 2,790,000 euros for the UN's world food programme.

"We must grasp the dimensions of the crisis. One hundred million people are threatened with death by starvation as a consequence of higher food prices.

29 Apr 2008 description

By Elizabeth Griffin

This is how Haiti's poor describe the burning sensation associated with chronic hunger: like drinking bleach or battery acid.

The Haitian Creole phrases klorox and asid batri are being heard more often on the streets of the Western Hemisphere's poorest country lately as the skyrocketing price of food - part of a global crisis - pushes more people to the brink of starvation.

The rising cost of food staples around the world is making national and international headlines.

23 Apr 2008 description

by Khalid Koser, Fellow

In the 1980s BBC docudrama 'The March', hundred of thousands of Africans marched northwards toward the Mediterranean to escape starvation, prompting widespread panic in Europe about an impending 'flood' of 'illegal migrants'. The current global food crisis is very unlikely to result in mass migration, and population movements that do occur will almost certainly take place within countries and not across borders, and for a short-period of time only.

22 Apr 2008 description
report World Bank

The disturbing images should spur the global community to action: riots in Haiti, protests in Egypt and violence in many other countries, sparked by the rising price of food. The World Bank Group estimates doubling of food prices over the past three years could push 100 million people in low-income countries deeper into poverty. And the problem is here to stay: The realities of demography, changing diets, energy prices and biofuels and climate changes suggest that high food prices will be with us for some time.

Since 2005, the prices of staple foods have jumped 80 percent.