Food prices and global unrest

We take a look at the violence breaking out over the rise of global food prices.

BANGLADESH, Dhaka : Bangladeshi demonstrators raise slogans over high food prices and low wages, as they stand beside a fire during a protest in the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 12, 2008. About 20,000 workers rioted over high food prices and low wages close to the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, police said, amid spreading global unrest over soaring grocery costs. Police fired tear gas and used batons to break up the protests and at least 50 people were injured, most of them police officers. AFP PHOTO
Violence has errupted in parts of the world over
rising staple food prices [AFP]

While economic markets have been reeling over the recent financial crunch, another global crisis has evolved that is far more damaging and hurting a lot more people in the developing world.

In Haiti, anger over food prices led to violent riots in which at least five people were killed. The country’s parliament also fired the prime minister.

And in Egypt, where food prices have doubled, rioters burned cars, smashed windows and clashed with police.

Is it time to put our money where our mouth is – quite literally?

To discuss this issue with Anand Naidoo, filling in for Riz Khan, we are joined by Alan Weisman, professor at the University of Arizona. He is also the best selling author of the book The World Without Us.

Bettina Luescher, spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme, and Kimberly Elliott, a senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development also join the discussion.

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