WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2008
22:59 MECCA TIME, 19:59 GMT
NEWS MIDDLE EAST
Warning over world food shortages
The UN secretary general has warned that millions of people are at risk of starvation as global food stocks have fallen to their lowest levels for decades.
In a letter to a US newspaper Ban Ki Moon warned that shortages are forcing prices to rise which may have devastating consequences for the world's most vulnerable communities
The most acute effects have been seen in Egypt, where thousands of people have resorted to violence due to shortages of basic food commodities and rising food prices.
Egypt is one of the world's largest importers of wheat and this year alone spent $2.6 billion on its wheat-import.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian government has added an additonal 15 million names to the register of people who are eligible to receive subsidies on basic products such as sugar, rice and oil, which has compounded the problem.
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