Financial crisis leaving billions malnourished:UN


The annual survey of world hunger describes a food price crisis with prices settling at levels too high for many people in developing countries to afford.

The general increase in population, the number of mouths to feed – is one factor.

But the authors of the Global Hunger Index say today’s high food prices are also caused by the global economic downturn, erratic weather patterns and higher oil and fertiliser prices.

The report also identifies one possible solution – the empowerment of women through better education and access to jobs.


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