Global Food Crisis: Part Two

This is our first day in Cote d’Ivoire where I’m meeting with church and government officials to talk about communications issues, particularly radio. In our opening briefing we were told the visit was almost cancelled last week due to price increases in fuel.

Fuel increased fifty cents per liter bringing costs per gallon between eight and ten dollars U.S. Our host said, “Abidjan was like a ghost town. There were no buses running, no cars on the street and people stayed home.”

Food and fuel are inextricably linked. When fuel costs more so does food. Increases in delivery fees are are passed on to consumers, already stretched.

A similar story is playing out in Asia according to a report this morning by Keith Bradsher in the New York Times.

As wages stagnate the bind gets worse. While Bradsher makes the case for Asia being hit hardest, it’s clear this is a global crisis and no developing economy can escape without hunger and pain. If fuel costs are causing the U.S. consumer to back off, consider how it must be for families already living at the edge of survival in developing economies.

The comments section of the previous post asks about ideas from those concerned about the crisis. I invite you to join the conversation and suggest actions we can take.

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