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Today: Tuesday 31st May

Oxfam is warning that the price of some basic foods will double over the next 20 years unless governments intervene. Two of world football's biggest sponsors have expressed their concern about corruption allegations at Fifa. Also in today's programme, the poetry of javelins? How stanzas and couplets are being included in the London Olympics.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: The Bank of England is being accused of being over-optimistic in its inflation forecasts. Chairman of Record Currency Management, Neil Record, considers whether the bank is losing its credibility. French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde speaks in Brazil as part of a worldwide tour to win support to lead the IMF. Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist at BGC Partners, looks at the markets. And Matthew Howett of the consulting firm Ovum, speaks about Ofcom's plan to auction off rights for the latest mobile wireless networks. Download the podcast.

South Africa's competition regulators are deciding if Walmart, the world's largest retailer, can start trading there. From Johannesburg, Karen Allen reports on the impact of major foreign investment in the country.

Fifa boss Sepp Blatter seems to be rejecting calls for a shake-up of the organisation after a series of corruption allegations. Sports editor David Bond reports on the next step in this "bizarre" situation.

The global recession had a limited impact on CO2 emissions, which increased by a record amount in 2010 to reach their highest levels in history. Lord Stern, chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE and author of the 2006 Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, unpicks the latest figures.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The price of basic foodstuffs will more than double in 20 years if governments do not urgently address the problem, according to the charity Oxfam. Will Ross reports on the toll that rising global crop prices are taking on the people of Kenya.

Last year, 400 children who suffered physical abuse after being groomed online were rescued after being identified by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop). Its chief, Peter Davies, comments on the breakthrough and the continuing menace of internet grooming

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Spanish cucumbers have been blamed for a highly virulent strain of e-coli in Germany that has killed up to 12 people, although the Spanish government has rejected the accusations. Denis Coulombier, of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, outlines the extent of the threat.

Paper review.

The famous New York restaurant Elaine's has finally closed, a cult establishment on the wrong side of town where generations of stars from Frank Sinatra to The Stones went to eat. The BBC's Matt Wells was there at the end.

Thought for the day with Bishop Tom Butler.

Scotland's government is trying to stop the UK Supreme Court from ruling on Scottish criminal cases, accusing judges of undermining its laws. Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill and Lord Falconer, former lord chancellor, debate the best way to foster cross-border understanding.

The average price of staple crops will more than double in the next 20 years, unless immediate action is taken to combat the failing international food system. Will Ross reports on the predicament which already sees nearly a billion people go hungry every day. Nicola Horlick, co-founder of Bramdean Asset Management, and Oxfam's chief executive Dame Barbara Stocking debate if small farmers or big investors hold the key to lower food prices.

A new exhibition on the nature of war reporting since World War I has opened at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester. Former BBC correspondent Martin Bell is one of 12 war reporters featured in the exhibition and has been having a look around.

The Southbank Centre is inviting people from the 205 nations competing in the Olympics to choose their favourite poet to represent their country. South Bank's resident artist Simon Armitage discusses the benefits of bringing so many international poets together.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Britain is turning into a nation of renters, according to a survey carried out on behalf of the Halifax. Michael Coogan, director general of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, and Matt Griffiths, author of an IPPR report into mortgage lending, debate the "unhealthy" state of the UK housing market.

Sepp Blatter, the boss of football's ruling body Fifa, appears to be dismissing widespread calls for a massive clean-up of the organisation, after a number of executives were accused of corruption. Mark Palios, former chief executive of the Football Association, gives his view on the future of Fifa.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Over the last few days, Today presenter James Naughtie has been back in the middle east and North Africa as the Arab spring moves into the Arab summer and reflects on what he has seen.

A new book about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has highlighted a loss of institutional confidence and its failure to fulfil the role of interpreting and passing matters abroad back to London. Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles explains just how far he thinks it is really lagging behind. Journalist Charles Moore and former ambassador Sir Richard Dalton debate whether the FCO can still attract the best people to its posts.

How do you get sports bodies to behave ethically? Sports writer Mihir Bose and sports promoter Barry Hearn discuss how best to keep sport scandal-free.



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