High prices drive down flow of food aid

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1397
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Deliveries of food aid around the world have sunk to their lowest level in nearly 50 years, because of rising prices of food, says the latest report from the International Food Aid Information System (Interfais).

Deliveries fell by 15% in 2007 from the previous year, dropping to 5.9 million tonnes—the lowest amount since records began in 1961. The report says that from 2000 to 2007 the price of wheat rose by 122% and that of maize by 86%, meaning that only “smaller amounts of these food commodities could be purchased within fixed budgets.”

The World Food Programme …

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