Emergency Appeal: World Food Program
The front pages of today's LA Times featured an article about the World Food Program. With the rising cost of food and fuel, the program is struggling to meet its goals - delivering food aid to those struggling to survive. The program feeds at least 73 million people in 80 nations. They have sent appeal letters to donor nations asking for funds.
Institute Notes featured this issue in a February blog post. Our foreign aid policy analyst, Charles Uphaus, writes:
The impact [of the food crisis] is already being felt around the world. Food riots have broken out in Morocco, Yemen, Mexico, Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal and Uzbekistan. Pakistan has reintroduced rationing for the first time in two decades. Russia has frozen the price of milk, bread, eggs and cooking oil for six months. Thailand is also planning a freeze on food staples. After protests around Indonesia, Jakarta has increased public food subsidies. India has banned the export of rice except the high-quality basmati variety.
Read more about food aid from Bread for the World Institute.
Watch this video of Josette Sheran, director of WFP, as she talks about hunger:
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