Brazil and the World Food Program look to provide more aid to Haiti, where rising food costs have sparked riots and led to the ouster of its national leader. The Latin American nation committed an additional USD1.4 million while the WFP assured a three-fold increase in its 2008 spending for the Caribbean state. The pledge came during a meeting in Rome among officials of governments and the NGO known as the Friends of Haiti. “This conference is the perfect example of what we’re trying to achieve here in Rome,” according to WFP executive director Josette Sheeran. Rome will also host the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization summit on the food crisis, which will open today.
Source: Brazil, UN Boost Aid to Haiti to Help With Soaring Food Prices (Bloomberg)