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An Iraqi soldier maintains security during a humanitarian aid food drop in the Al Qasr District of Mosul, Iraq, June 10. Iraqi soldiers distributed more than 400 bags of food to residents in the Al Qasr neighborhood.

Blunting the effects of increasing food prices

Food as Security

July 2011, Number 02.03

“The World Bank announced in February 2011 that food prices could reach “dangerous levels,” and provoke unrest, a fear partly borne out by nearly simultaneous protests in North Africa and the Middle East. At that time, the Bank’s food price index sat just 3 percent below the 2008 peak that had sparked widespread riots in Africa, Latin America and parts of Asia as staples like wheat and corn were priced out of reach of many of the world’s poor.

An estimated 44 million people in low- and middle-income countries have fallen into what the Bank describes as “extreme poverty” since food prices resumed their rise in June 2010. The task before the world is to restore a balance between supply and demand. Technology, international cooperation and efficient use of foodstuffs could all go a long way to avoid further human suffering and global insecurity...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Food as Security,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 3, 2011: 50-53.

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