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'Food crisis': world reaction

Readers from around the world have sent their reaction to the rise in global food prices. You can read a selection below.

AFRICA

The price of food in Nigeria - especially grain and cereal - has tripled. This has put the average Nigerian in a precarious situation of either having to buy staple food at an unusually high price, or foregoing it altogether.
Madukolu Tobechukwu, Nigeria

People in Ghana have not yet been hit severely by the food crisis. But prices are moving up steadily and it's only a matter of time before this world phenomena catches up with us. Government officials have been looking for alternatives to flour - such as the starchy cassava plant. Officials and are also trying to encourage the production and consumption of locally produced rice.
John Kanda, Accra, Ghana

We are horrified at the huge raise in prices of many basic food stuffs in South Africa over the past 12 months... on items like milk and cheese and other dairy products. Bread, flour, eggs and maize meal - all staples of our diet - have gone up by 40 to 50%. Some items have doubled in cost. Where is it going to end?
Verna Mudie, Durban, South Africa

The issue of food shortages is not news in poor countries and certainly it is not a result of biofuel production. The Earth is heading to major catastrophe because of pollution and the crisis of energy production. GM foods and biofuel may be the answer to the problems of our time.
Gandalino Yalo, Luanda - Angola

AMERICAS

I work for one of the largest grocery store chains in America and I can tell you that the food prices have been increasing since about August '07. Retail businesses mostly agree that it is due to the increases in diesel fuel over the last few years. But you never hear much about whether or not a diminishing food supply may be having much effect on prices. If there really is a food shortage coming up then prices will almost certainly double to sustain the demand for food.
Robert Ingram, Louisville, KY, USA

These BIOFUELS "crops" are a disgrace for HUMAN KIND - 30% of MAIZE production in USA for "fuel"? SHAME ON YOU! Feed the world's hungry, please!
Catulo Perrucho, Toronto, Canada

Making fuel out of cereals or sugarcane is one of the most brilliant things that could have discovered in the past years. This has been done in Brazil since the '70s and saved us from the oil crisis that most of the countries have been through.
Bruno Simoes, Sao Paulo, Brazil

ASIA PACIFIC

Even though I am just a college student, I observe that every week, the prices of prime commodities in our country are getting higher. The government blamed these crises on many factors - like conversion of lands from agricultural to industrial and rice hording.
Bryan D Briones, Imus, Cavite Philippines

Japan imports about 90% of the soybeans we use from the USA. With more American farmers producing corn for the ethanol market our prices for Miso, soy sauce, cooking oil, tofu, and mayonnaise have all gone up. The cost of wheat-based foods like bread and pasta has also gone up. Bread made with rice flour is becoming more common. Japan imports about 61% of our total food, so this is a big topic of discussion here.
David Young, Sapporo, Japan

The prices of dairy products have doubled in the last nine months. The cost of bread, poultry and meat have also increased. Many households are experiencing difficulties in providing good and healthy food for the family table due to the increases in prices of fruit and vegetables. Finally fuel prices are spiralling adding to the already heavy burden. I think bad times are coming and it's up to ourselves to grow food in our gardens and learn to live in a more environmentally friendly way.
Robert Busnac, Waihi, New Zealand

EUROPE

Here in the UK prices of food are rising! When are people going to wake up to the fact that this nonsense about global warming is the biggest example of 'The King's New Clothes' it is bitterly cold outside and it is the middle of April We have had wet summers and since 1999.
Catherine Evans, Fort William, Scotland

This calls for global responsibility. Firstly all the facts need to be clearly identified as to what factors are really contributing to the rise in food price and fuel. Identify the interdependencies of these factor and make a reality check list. Nature has provided plenty for all of us. It is we who create problems through our un-evolved human nature.
N, Germany

SOUTH ASIA

As global prices and demand for food has increased our growers have exported more and more of our yield. The government has largely been unable to curtail this export which has created a shortage within the country leading to a phenomenal rise in food prices. This has hit the poor particularly hard. It is feared that as the prices continue to rise there will be general unrest. If biofuels are indeed contributing even in some part to this rise in food cost then is it really ethical for wealthier nations to use bio fuels at all?
Adnan Hussain, Karachi, Pakistan

I'm currently working in India and over the past week or so there have been demonstrations and unrest in Pondecherri (south India) over high food price rises. India is starting to suffer and I noticed India is not on the list in your article.
Rick, Bristol (in India)


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