From Maputo to Mogadishu, rising food prices hit poorest again

The rising cost of food is causing anxiety to consumers in rich and poor countries alike, and stoking fears of social unrest in impoverished, unstable parts of the world. At least six people were killed during violent demonstrations in Maputo, Mozambique, following the government’s announcement of a 30% increase in bread prices. People in crisis are also suffering in Somalia. Surging wheat prices, mainly due to Russian restrictions on sales, has created a major problem in Egypt as well. Prices may not yet be spiralling as severely as in 2008 but the question is: how bad should things get before those in power start taking action? Read more here.

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