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6/03/2008

International Food Crisis

The global food crisis looms as a humanitarian catastrophe that could dwarf even the 2004 Asian tsunami, posing an immediate threat to 290 million people, according to estimates released overnight by aid group Oxfam International. This is in addition to the 854 million people who already endured persistent hunger before food prices skyrocketed to a 30-year high - rising 83% in three years. As world leaders gather in Rome today for a three-day food summit, Oxfam warned of an UNPRECEDENTED threat to more than a billion people. "This crisis represents an enormous challenge - but also a genuine opportunity to deliver long-overdue reforms to the food and agriculture system."
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