In Brief 17
Increasing food prices
In February 2008, exactly three years ago, fierce hunger riots broke out in numerous developing countries. They were triggered by high food prices. Today, these prices are even higher than in 2008. Read more! (2011)
The effects of the food aid that was provided and the seeds that were distributed in 2008 have come to nothing. They have not, as was feared, resulted in long-term development strategies. Since the food price crisis of 2008, many promises have been made regarding the long-term elimination of hunger. But far too little has actually been achieved in the developing countries themselves in the last three years. The causes and prevailing conditions have remained very much the same.
The poorer the consumers are, the more they have to spend from their total household budget on food. They have limited means of adapting to increasing prices. They eat less, eat less healthily, or avoid spending money on anything that is not essential, including education and healthcare. Violent protests or even hunger riots against the rising price of staple foods can therefore be expected again in threshold and developing countries. As in 2008, millions of people are in imminent danger of sliding from impoverishment to starvation. And this is the case even though we have known for a long time of ways out of the hunger crisis.
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