Friday, April 11, 2008

Wheat up 120% in one year; Rice up 75% in two months

From the World Bank:
He said the price of wheat had risen by 120% in the past year, more than doubling the cost of a loaf of bread. Rice prices were up by 75% in just two months. On average, the Bank calculates that food prices have risen by 83% in the past three years.

"In Bangladesh a 2kg bag of rice now consumes almost half of the daily income of a poor family. With little margin for survival, rising prices too often means fewer meals," he said. Poor people in Yemen were now spending more than a quarter of their income on bread. "This is not just about meals forgone today, or about increasing social unrest, it is about lost learning potential for children and adults in the future, stunted intellectual and physical growth. Even more, we estimate that the effect of this food crisis on poverty reduction worldwide is in the order of seven lost years."

I don't need to comment on this as the looming problem for all of us is evident.

h/t to Chris in Paris at Americablog
--the BB

1 comment:

FranIAm said...

This is what keeps me up at night- far worse than any war on terror. I have watched this of late and of stories, buried by the MSM or just ignored, reported elsewhere, of food riots etc.

This definitely challenges me.