Warning on food prices

PUBLISHED: 11:19 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:30 28 March 2014

JANUARY 26, 2009: Food prices will rise sharply during the next 20 years, two separate reports warn.

Oxfam says shortages will become a big problem.

And the international affairs think-tank Chatham House report says: "Recent falls in food prices are a temporary reprieve.

"They are set to resume their upward trend once the world emerges from the economic downturn."

The report blames "climate

change, water scarcity and competition for land". Also: "A return to

high oil prices will increase food prices as more crops are converted

to biofuels."

Oxfam warns of a "triple crunch of economic

crisis, climate change and energy and water scarcity" leading to a

billion people possibly facing starvation.

Chief executive

Barbara Stocking said: "World leaders must act urgently to co-ordinate

action that addresses immediate needs and begins to implement long-term


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