UN food agencies urge action to avoid food crisis


ROME — The three U.N. food agencies urged governments today to take quick action to curb rising prices of corn, wheat and soybeans and avoid a repeat of the 2007-2008 food crises.

The sharp rise in food prices in recent months threatens to make life even more difficult for tens of millions of people, particularly in poor countries, the heads of the U.N. World Food Program, Food and Agriculture Organization and International Fund for Agriculture Development warned.

A prolonged drought in the U.S. — the world’s leading exporter of corn, wheat and soybeans — has helped drive up commodity prices.


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