Ration threat

April 5, 2008

The United Nations agency is threatening a food ration on millions to combat starvation due to the rise in fuel and grain costs.

It has been reported that a extra $500m donation is needed to prevent food rationing from occurring. An emergency appeal has been sent out to 80 governments by the World Food Programme (WFP) with a plea for money to be donated by May 1st. $375m is needed for their food budget and a further $175m is needed to cover transport costs. This is on top of their $2.9bn annual appeal to donor countries.

If the appeal fails to work and the money is not received the health of millions will be seriously affected. Food supplies are handed out to millions of refugees and malnourished people every year and this will have to be cut if the sum is not received.

83 million people were supported with emergency aid by the WFP last year however this will have to significantly lower in order to meet the demand of increased food costs.

There have been severe shortages of bread supplies in Egypt. Long queues form outside bakeries which have lead to disturbances where at least two deaths have occurred as a consequence.

There have also been food riots in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal and Morocco which the WFP view as “evidence of a growing crisis”.

 

Image from Flickr by biocrime

 

Officials of the WFP said last month that global prices of basic foods are rising due to increased demands for animal feed from growing populations such as India and China for more land and agricultural produce for bio-fuels and climate change.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general called the food shortage “the new face of hunger”. He also added that communities that were previously protected are now becoming at risk of food shortages. To help combat this problem farmer’s in developing countries need to begin to benefit from the increase food prices and receive more investment.

Josette Sheeran, the executive director of the WFP said “we urge your government to act quickly on this request so that we may avoid cutting the rations for those who rely on the world to stand by them in times of abject need.”

 

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One Response to “Ration threat”

  1. All big sources – it would be great if you could get some comments from people being affected directly. blogs? twitter?

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