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The food crisis was exacerbated when countries hoarded grains or imposed export bans.
4 million people in the Sahel are vulnerable to the effects of the food crisis, from more than 713,000 in the Gambia to over 6.
In the wake of the food crisis donors wanted to focus largely on developing the capacity of small farmers and alleviating extreme poverty.
The new data from the Food Crisis Prevention Network, summarized in a report published by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Programme, underscores the urgency of the situation in the Sahel.
Pyongyang watchers say Kim has not gained as much aid from China as is needed to get through the food crisis, adding that food aid will be at the top of the agenda when he meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
This is the worst food crisis of the 21st Century and we are seriously concerned that large numbers of lives could soon be lost," said Jane Cocking, Oxfam's Humanitarian Director.
He asked people to donate via charity Christian Aid's East Africa Food Crisis Appeal by calling 08080 004 004 or visiting www.
Governments in the Caribbean, where dependence on imported food has ballooned in recent decades, are calling on citizens to plant vegetables and buy local produce to save money and stave off a possible food crisis, reports AP (June 5, 2011):
Summary: The worst drought in 60 years in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, with parts of Kenya and Somalia experiencing pre-famine conditions, the U.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi blamed the expansionist and unilateral policies of the bullying powers for the existing food crisis in certain world countries.
The 25 Countries That Will Be Screwed By A World Food Crisis