"Food Prices Mean Trouble for Poor and Politicians"

"The impact of skyrocketing food prices is echoing across the globe, in households and in the corridors of power ahead of a summit in Paris next week of G20 farm ministers.

On the ground, people like [Alpheus] Molepo are being hit hard throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America where poor families spend 50 to 90 percent of their income on food. The pain is compounded by a jump in fuel prices.

"When food prices go up, the ones who are on the lowest incomes in the world may have to sell their possessions, borrow money just to survive," said Heidi Chow, a campaigner with the UK's World Development Movement. "

Reuters had the story June 17, 2011.

Friday, June 17, 2011