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Global food crisis

Will a UN-backed summit in Rome help curb growing food prices and shortages?


High food prices are affecting the world’s poor

The United Nations is hosting a three day food summit in Rome where more than 40 world leaders are discussing the global crisis that is pushing 100 million people into hunger, provoking food riots, and threatening world stability.

Price rises are being blamed on high oil prices, changing diets, urbanisation, expanding populations, flawed trade policies, extreme weather, growth in biofuels production and speculation.

We ask: Does the summit provide a truly historic chance to re-launch the fight against hunger and poverty and boost agricultural production in developing countries?

Read more: UN urges action on global food shortages

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This episode of Inside Story aired on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 17:30 GMT

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