04 Feb '11, 6pm

Food prices triggering global unrest: UN

ROME : United Nations food agencies on Friday warned that record-high prices for basic commodities are helping generate unrest around the world and contributed to the ousting of the Tunisian president last month. "Not only is there a risk, but there have already been riots in some parts of the world because of rising prices," Jacques Diouf, head of the UN's Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), told reporters. "Some governments have found themselves in difficult situations and there is even one that has fallen," he said -- a reference to the toppling of Tunisia's veteran ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolt on January 14. The FAO on Thursday said food prices have reached their highest level since the UN agency began measuring them in 1990. The FAO's index of monthly variations for a variety of staples rose 3.4 percent from December 2010 to reach ...

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