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UN SecGen: Food crisis is now emergency

Posted by feww on April 18, 2008

UNITED NATIONS – A rapidly escalating global food crisis has reached emergency proportions and threatens to wipe out seven years of progress in the fight against poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Monday.

UN Ban Ki-moon: “[The international community needs] to take urgent and concerted action in order to avoid the larger political and security implications of this growing crisis”.

“The rapidly escalating crisis of food availability around the world has reached emergency proportions,” Ban said.

“The World Bank has estimated that the doubling of food prices over the last three years could push 100 million people in low income countries deeper into poverty [starvation?],” he said. Report

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