"This may become the worst food crisis of the 21st century,” said Hasnat Ahsan, humanitarian officer at Oxfam Canada. “Large numbers of lives could soon be lost."
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The outcome of the G20 Agriculture Ministers meeting in Paris today on the sudden rise in global food prices is disappointing, according to Oxfam. Agriculture Ministers agreed to address some of the impacts of high and volatile prices, but failed to introduce measures to prevent food prices spiralling further out of control.
Rapidly rising food prices and the effects of climate change are pushing more of the world’s poor into hunger, Oxfam says while launching its biggest and most ambitious global campaign to date calling for a dramatic turnaround in the way we produce and share food.
As Alassane Ouattara is officially inaugurated as President of Ivory Coast, more than 300,000 people remain displaced from their homes and in dire need of assistance. Months of violence have caused a severe humanitarian crisis, yet the UN appeals remain only 35 per cent funded – with donations falling $200 million short of what’s needed.
South Sudan is facing its most violent year since the end of the civil war in 2005, Oxfam says, as it urged the UN Security Council to ensure civilians are better protected.