Eliminate Food Aid Controls, World Bank Urges

The World Bank is pressing for the removal of restrictions to food aid so that it reaches those hit hardest by surging food prices. “These three steps: removing restrictions and conditions on food aid; increasing contributions to the World Food Program; and lifting export bans and restrictions on the movement of humanitarian food will protect thousands of mothers and children at risk from malnutrition,” World Bank Managing Director Okonjo-Iweala said ahead of the aid effectiveness forum that will take place in Ghana starting Sept. 2. The bank is also urging donors to support an African Green Revolution. (“World Bank Calls for Urgent Action on Food in advance of Development Aid talks in Ghana” - World Bank, Aug. 31, 2008)

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