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Vol 49 No 10

Published 9th May 2008

It's the price that counts

It is easy to find culprits for the food crisis in Africa, from the West's push for biofuels to China's newly well-fed middle class. The fact is that food supplies are short and prices therefore high in the short term - and probably in the long term too.

The 75% increase in food prices reported by the World Bank is pushing down nutrition standards in poor countries and wreaking havoc across developing economies. The big question is whether current efforts to meet the crisis will be properly coordinated and go beyond a short-term fix.

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