Forgetting the Global Food Crisis

As the global financial crisis deepens the world risks forgetting the food crisis that is becoming even more severe. That’s the word from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The number of seriously malnourished persons is up from 848 million in 2003-2005 to 923 million in 2007.

Asia and the Pacific region has more people facing hunger than Africa and Latin America, according to the FAO.

Through its Initiative on Soaring Food Prices, the FAO is assisting local farmers to purchase fertilizer, get training and grow food for local consumption. Because of the financial meltdown donor countries have been slower to respond to UN funding requests with the result that more people are going hungry.

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