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Poor countries see little relief from food crisis

July 22, 2009

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    In cooperation with the FAO, Mercy Corps distributed seeds to more than 12,000 people in Nana Mambéré Prefecture, Central African Republic. Photo: Jenny Vaughan/Mercy Corps

Thirty countries still need outside food aid, according to the latest report from the UN's food agency:

In sub-Saharan Africa 80 to 90 percent of all cereal prices monitored by FAO in 27 countries remain more than 25 percent higher than before the soaring food price crisis two years ago. In Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean prices are monitored in a total of 31 countries, and between 40 and 80 percent of these remain more than 25 percent higher than in the pre food-crisis period, according to FAO data.

"The high food price situation continues to give rise to concern for the food security of vulnerable populations in both urban and rural areas, as these groups spend a large share of their incomes on food," the FAO said.