Monday, May 05, 2008

Expensive fufu and other things

The food crisis has served as catalyst for social and economic discontent that predated the exponential increase in food crises. This is not to say that food has become extremely expensive and most of the poor are spending almost all of their income to feed themselves, creating a situation that in a global perspective is unprecedented. Yet, the countries that are been hit the hardest are those with very disfuntional goverments, that have neglected their people at the cost of maintaining an small, corrupt constituency pleased.
What better example than Somalia: As we speak, thousands are rioting the street of Mogadishu over the food prices, and other things that may get buried behind the headlines. This is important because there are many out there that believe everything was peace and love and then the prices hit. But Somalia is just one of many countries where the "perfect storm" is threating social stability: According to The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) if this situation is not checked insecurity is bound to escalate and like the recent riots in Egypt, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and Haiti. FYI Senegal denies there are hungry people in the country and has even blame FAO for the contributing to the crisis.

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