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In and Around News 2008-02-26:'联合国:价格上涨引发饥饿'

全球粮食价格的上升正在造成更多国家的人挨饿 UN warns over food aid rationing
The director of the UN's World Food Programme has said it is considering plans to ration food aid because of rising prices and a shortage of funds.





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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Program, has two big worries. First, that after run-away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger. And second, more people are slipping into hunger, unable to buy, to pay hugely increased prices. Well, look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August. The prices climbed triply in just six months to current prices above 18 dollars. We'll take corn, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high, or soya, now selling on / world market at an all-time high, all these rises / adding up to a crisis.


Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to about seven million households who would otherwise go without. "I have eight people to feed," says this man, "and I have to take time off work to queue for food."


But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is most acute. The World Food Program had budgeted around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest, to find the extra money.

"What's happened is to fill this cup, which is a typical cup. We give to school children around the world, 20 million school children and now cost 40% more than it did last June. And so this is a reality that's hitting food markets around the world but it's also hitting our programs which are direct at the world's most vulnerable.


Why are basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people, particularly in China, climb out of poverty and can afford more food including meat. Demand for grain to feed farm animals, as well as humans, keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes land away from food production.


The United Nations is very keen to stress there is enough food to feed the world? But with prices racing up and more people unable to pay them, helping the hungry becomes an even greater task.


Words and phrases:


soya (名) 大豆, 黄豆

Bushel

measure for grain and fruit (8 gallons or about 36.4 litres) 蒲式耳(计量谷物及水果的单位, 等於8加仑或大约36.4升).

acute
You can use acute to indicate that an undesirable situation or feeling is very severe or intense.

vulnerable
that can be hurt, wounded or injured


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The world's largest provider of food that the World Food Programme has two big worries. First, after the run-away price increases, they now come to forward to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger. And second, more people are slipping in the hunger unable to buy, to pay hugely increased prices. Well, look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August, the price climbed tripling in just six months. The current price is about 18 dollars. We take crop, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high. Well, soil now selling on world's markets is an all-time high. All these rises are adding up to the prices.

 

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding press to subsidy wheat for distribution to about 7 million households to without the rice, go without.

 

'I have eight people to feed,' said this man, 'and I have to take time off work to kill for food.'

 

But it's in region of Africa highlight in red where hungry is most to kill. The World Food Programme had budgeted to around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now, the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest to fund the extra money.

 

What's happened is to fill this cup which is typical cup we give to school children around the world, 20 million school children that now cost 40 percent more than they did last June. And so this is a reality that's hitting food markets around the world, but it's also hitting our programs, which directed the world's most vulnerable.

 

Why are our basic prices shooting up yet so fast? Partly because of the six sad stories in the world. As more people particularly  in China, climbed out to poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals as well as human keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce biofuel as alternative to oil. That takes the land away from food production.

 

The United Nations is very keen to stress that is enough food to feed the world, but with prices raising up and more people are unable to pay them, helping the hungry become a even greater...

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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Program, has two big worries. First, after run-away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger, and second, more people are slipping into hunger, unable to pay hugely increased prices. Look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August, the price has climbed triple in just six months to current prices about 18 dollars. We take crop, another basic sorts of food up to a 12-year high, or soil, now selling on the world market at all-time high. All these rises added up to a crisis.

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guiding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to about seven million households who would otherwise go without. "I have eight people to feed," said this man, "and I have to take time of work to queue for food."

But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is most acute. The World Food Program had budgeted around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed up to 850 million pounds. Now the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest, to find the extra money.

"What's happened is fill this cup, which is a typical cup, we give to school children around the world, 20 million school children and now cost 40% more than it did last June. And so this is reality that's heating food market around the world but it's also heating our programs which are directed at world's most vulnerable.

Why are basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people, particularly in China, climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals, as well as humans, keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes land away from food production.

The United States is very keen to address that it has enough food to feed the world. But with prices raising up and more people are unable to pay them, helping the hungry becomes a even greater...
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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Programme has two big worries. First, after the run-away price increases, they now come to forward to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger. And second, more people are slipping into hunger, unable to buy, to pay hugely increased prices. Well, look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August, the price has climbed tripling in just six months, to current prices above 18 dollars. We take corn, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high. Well, soya, now selling on world market at an all-time high. All these rises are adding up to a crisis.

 

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidize wheat for distribution to about 7 million households to without the rice, go without.

 

'I have eight people to feed,' says this man, 'and I have to take time off work to queue for food.'

 

But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is most acute . The World Food Program had budgeted to around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now, the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest, to find the extra money.

 

What's happened is to fill this cup, which is a typical cup, we give to school children around the world, 20 million school children that now cost 40 percent more than they did last June. And so this is a reality that's hitting food markets around the world, but it's also hitting our programs, which are directed the world's most vulnerable.

 

Why are basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people particularly  in China, climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals as well as humans keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce biofuel as an alternative to oil. That takes land away from food production.

 

The United Nations is very keen to stress that there is enough food to feed the world, but with prices raising up and more people unable to pay them, helping the hungry become a even greater...

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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Programme, has two big worries. First, after the run-away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger. And second, more people are slipping in the hunger unable / to pay hugely increased prices. Well, look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August, the price climbed triple in just six months to current price that is about 18 dollars. We take crop, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high.Or, soil now selling on world markets is at all-time high. All these rises added up to the prices.
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Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to about 7 million households who would otherwise go without.

'I have eight people to feed,' said this man, 'and I have to take time of work to queue for food.'

But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is the most acute. The World Food Programme had budgeted / around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now, the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest to fund the extra money.

 

What's happened is to fill this cup which is typical cup we give to school children around the world, 20 million school children that now cost 40 percent more than they did last June. And so this is a reality that's heating food markets around the world, but it's also heating our programs, which are directed the world's most vulnerable.

Why are our basic prices shooting up / so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people, particularly  in China, climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals as well as human keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes the land away from food production.

The United Nations is very keen to stress that is enough food to feed the world, but with prices raising up and more people are unable to pay them, helping the hungry becomes a even greater...
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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Program, has two big worries. First, after run-away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger, and second, more people are slipping into hunger, unable to pay hugely increased prices. Look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August, the price has climbed triple in just six months the current price is about 18 dollars. We take corn, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high, or soil, now selling on the world market at all-time high. All these rises added up to a crisis.

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to about seven million households who would otherwise go without. "I have eight people to feed," said this man, "and I have to take time of work to queue for food."

But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is most acute. The World Food Program had budgeted around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest, to find the extra money.

"What's happened is to fill this cup, which is a typical cup, we give to school children around the world, 20 million school children and now cost 40% more than it did last June. And so this is  reality that's heating food market around the world but it's also heating our programs which are directed at world's most vulnerable.

Why are basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people, particularly in China, climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals, as well as humans, keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes land away from food production.

The United States is very keen to stress that it has enough food to feed the world. But with prices raising up and more people are unable to pay them, helping the hungry becomes an even greater...

[ 本帖最后由 piggylam 于 2008-2-26 15:59 编辑 ]
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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Program, has two big worries. First, after run-away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger, and second, more people are slipping into hunger, unable to buy, to pay hugely increased prices. Well, look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August, the price has climbed triple in just six months the current price is about 18 dollars. We take corn, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high, or soil, now selling on the world market at all-time high. All these rises added up to a crisis.

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to about seven million households who would otherwise go without. "I have eight people to feed," said this man, "and I have to take time of work to queue for food."

But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is most acute. The World Food Program had budgeted around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest, to find the extra money.

"What's happened is to fill this cup, which is a typical cup, we give to school children around the world, 20 million school children and now cost 40% more than it did last June. And so this is  reality that's hitting food market around the world but it's also hitting our programs which are directed at world's most vulnerable.

Why are basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people, particularly in China, climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals, as well as humans, keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes land away from food production.

The United Nation is very keen to stress that there is enough food to feed the world. But with prices raising up and more people are unable to pay them, helping the hungry becomes an even greater...

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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Program, has two big worries. First, after run-away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger, and second, more people are slipping into hunger, unable to buy, to pay hugely increased prices. But look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August, the price has climbed triple in just six months to current price about 18 dollars. We take corn, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high, or soil, now selling on the world market at all-time high. All these rises added up to a crisis.

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to about seven million households who would otherwise go without. "I have eight people to feed," said this man, "and I have to take time of work to queue for food."

But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is most acute. The World Food Program had budgeted around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest, to find the extra money.

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What happened is to fill this cup, which is a typical cup we give to school children around the world, 20 million school children and now cost 40% more than it did last June. And so this is reality that's hitting food market around the world but it's also hitting our programs which are directed at world's most vulnerable.

Why are basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people, particularly in China, climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals, as well as humans, keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes land away from food production.

The United
Nations is very keen to stress that there is enough food to feed the world. But with prices raising up and more people are unable to pay them, helping the hungry becomes an even greater...

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the world largest provider of food aid, the world food program has two big worries. First, after the run- away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger, second, more people are slipping into hunger unable to buy to pay hugely increased prices. Well, look at this,  the price of wheat,  for around 6 dollars a bushel last August. the price climbed triple in just 6 months to  current price that is about 18 dollars. We take crop, another basic source of food. up to a 12 year-high. or soil now selling on world markets is at all-time high. All this rises adding up to the prices.

 

 

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to around 7 million households who would  otherwise go without.

 

"I have 8 people to feed , said this man, and I have to take time of work to queue for food".

 

But It's in  regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is the most acute.

 

The World Food Program had budgeted of around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed up to 850 million pounds.

 

Now the WFP is urging donor governments, the U.S is the largest to fund the extra money.

 

"What happened is to fill this cup which is typical cup we give to school children around the world , 20 million school children that now cost 40% more than they did last June. And so  this is reality that hitting food markets around the world but it's also hitting our programs which are directed the world most vulnerable".

 

Why are our basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success story in the world. As more people, particularly in China. climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat. demand for grain to feed farm animals as well as human keeps on climbing. Then the rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes the land away from food production.

 

 United Nations is very keen to stress that is enough food to feed the world. but with prices  raising up and more people are unable to pay them helping the hungry

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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Program, has two big worries. First, after run-away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger, and second, more people are slipping into hunger, unable to buy, to pay hugely increased prices. Well, look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August, the price has climbed triple in just six months to current price above 18 dollars. We take corn, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high, or soil, now selling on the world markets at all-time high. All these rises added up to a crisis.

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to about seven million households who would otherwise go without. "I have eight people to feed," says this man, "and I have to take time of work to queue for food."

But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is most acute. The World Food Program had budgeted around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest, to find the extra money.

"What's happened is to fill this cup, which is a typical cup, we give to school children around the world, 20 million school children and now cost 40% more than it did last June. And so this is  reality that's hitting food market around the world but it's also hitting our programs which are directed at world's most vulnerable.

Why are basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people, particularly in China, climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals, as well as humans, keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes land away from food production.

The United Nation is very keen to stress that there is enough food to feed the world. But with prices raising up and more people / unable to pay them, helping the hungry becomes an even greater...

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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Program, has two big worries. First, after run-away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger, and second, more people are slipping into hunger, unable to buy, to pay hugely increased prices. Well, look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August, the price has climbed triple in just six months to current price above 18 dollars. We take corn, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high, or soil, now selling on world market at all-time high. All these rises added up to a crisis.

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to about seven million households who would otherwise go without. "I have eight people to feed," says this man, "and I have to take time of work to queue for food."

But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is most acute. The World Food Program had budgeted around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest, to find the extra money.

"What's happened is to fill this cup, which is a typical cup, we give to school children around the world, 20 million school children and now cost 40% more than it did last June. And so this is  reality that's hitting food markets around the world but it's also hitting our programs which are directed at world's most vulnerable.

Why are basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people, particularly in China, climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals, as well as humans, keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes land away from food production.

The United Nation is very keen to stress that there is enough food to feed the world. But with prices raising up and more people / unable to pay them, helping the hungry becomes an even greater...

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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Program, has two big worries. First, that after run-away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger, and second, more people are slipping into hunger, unable to buy, to pay hugely increased prices. Well, look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August. The price has climbed triple in just six months to current price above 18 dollars. We take corn, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high, or soil, now selling on the world market at an all-time high. All these rises are adding up to a crisis.

 

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to about seven million households who would otherwise go without. "I have eight people to feed," says this man, "and I have to take time of work to queue for food."

 

But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is most acute. The World Food Program had budgeted around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest, to find the extra money.

 

"What's happened is to fill this cup, which is a typical cup. We give to school children around the world, 20 million school children and now cost 40% more than it did last June. And so this is reality that's hitting food markets around the world but it's also hitting our programs which are directed at world's most vulnerable.

 

Why are basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people, particularly in China, climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals, as well as humans, keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes land away from food production.

 

The United Nation is very keen to stress that is there enough food to feed the world? But with prices racing up and more people / unable to pay them, helping the hungry becomes an even greater task.

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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Program, has two big worries. First, that after run-away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger, and second, more people are slipping into hunger, unable to buy, to pay hugely increased prices. Well, look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August. The prices climbed tripling in just six months to current prices above 18 dollars. We'll take corn, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high, or soil, now selling on the world market at an all-time high. All these rises are adding up to a crisis.

 

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to about seven million households who would otherwise go without. "I have eight people to feed," says this man, "and I have to take time of work to queue for food."

 

But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is most acute. The World Food Program had budgeted around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest, to find the extra money.

 

"What's happened is to fill this cup, which is a typical cup. We give to school children around the world, 20 million school children and now cost 40% more than it did last June. And so this is reality that's hitting food markets around the world but it's also hitting our programs which are directed at world's most vulnerable.

 

Why are basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people, particularly in China, climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals, as well as humans, keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes land away from food production.

 

The United Nation is very keen to stress that is there enough food to feed the world? But with prices racing up and more people / unable to pay them, helping the hungry becomes an even greater task.

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The world's largest provider of food aid, the World Food Program, has two big worries. First, that after run-away price increases, they now can't afford to buy enough to feed those already suffering hunger, and second, more people are slipping into hunger, unable to buy, to pay hugely increased prices. Well, look at this, the price of wheat, for around six dollars a bushel last August. The price has climbed triplly in just six months to current price above 18 dollars. We take corn, another basic source of food up to a 12-year high, or soil, now selling on the world market at an all-time high. All these rises are adding up to a crisis.

 

Pakistan is one country taking drastic measures, guarding precious subsidized wheat for distribution to about seven million households who would otherwise go without. "I have eight people to feed," says this man, "and I have to take time of work to queue for food."

 

But it's in regions of Africa highlighted in red where hungry is most acute. The World Food Program had budgeted around 600 million pounds to pay for food and fuel worldwide in 2008. But the huge price rises have pushed that up to 850 million pounds. Now the WFP is urging donor governments, the US is the largest, to find the extra money.

 

"What's happened is to fill this cup, which is a typical cup. We give to school children around the world, 20 million school children and now cost 40% more than it did last June. And so this is reality that's hitting food markets around the world but it's also hitting our programs which are directed at world's most vulnerable.

 

Why are basic prices shooting up so fast? Partly because of the success stories in the world. As more people, particularly in China, climbed out of poverty and can afford more food including meat, demand for grain to feed farm animals, as well as humans, keeps on climbing. Then this rising demand for crops to produce bio-fuels as an alternative to oil. That takes land away from food production.

 

The United Nation is very keen to stress that is there enough food to feed the world ? But with prices racing up and more people  unable to pay them, helping the hungry becomes an even greater task.

[ 本帖最后由 goanna 于 2008-2-27 11:09 编辑 ]
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