Financial crisis may worsen food crunch it eclipsed

Christian Science Monitor

12/02/08

Call it crisis eclipse. The global food crisis that dominated headlines earlier this year has been overshadowed by this fall’s financial crisis, but it continues to exact a crippling toll on the world’s poor. And, although commodity prices for a wide range of crops have fallen by as much as 50 percent from record highs in June, the financial crisis is expected to make it dramatically worse: credit for farmers could dry up, meaning less money to buy fertilizer and seed, leading in turn to greater global shortages of food. Money for food aid could dry up as well. In June, governments and donors pledged $12.3 billion for the food crisis. So far, only $1 billion has actually been disbursed, as lending institutions and governments instead scramble to save ailing banks...

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