Swiss forum pushes for action to combat world food crisis.


Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says severe hunger resulting from the world's food crisis could set off many more protests in developing nations.

Worldwide, the cost of food has increased by about 40 per cent in the past year and the doubling and tripling of staple food prices in some countries is making people desperate, Annan said.

A new Swiss foundation chaired by Annan--the Global Humanitarian Forum--is working to draw attention to the food crisis, while also looking at the impact of climate change on the most vulnerable people on Earth. Made up of Nobel laureates and other prominent figures, the Forum is planning to convene a meeting of policy makers this month in Geneva.

"We are going through a very serious crisis and we are going to see lots of food strikes and demonstrations," said Annan, who added that the hike in cereal prices is partly...

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