The World Food Program warned that it might prune food rations and even the number of its beneficiaries unless it received more funding. The agency’s work is reeling from soaring food costs – prices went up by 40 percent last year – which resulted from increasing demand, steep oil prices and global warming. “Our ability to reach people is going down just as the needs go up,” said WFP executive director Josette Sheeran. The agency, she added, is “seeing a new face of hunger in which people are being priced out of the food market.” Sheeran also noted that hunger has spread to more countries, particularly Indonesia, Yemen and Mexico.
Source: Rising prices could force UN to cut food aid – WFP chief (AFP)