22 Jan '11, 7pm

Food price rises may cause social unrest

Food price rises may cause social unrest

BERLIN: Agriculture ministers from Europe, Africa and Canada warned on Saturday of dire consequences, including riots and social unrest, unless action is swiftly taken to improve food security and tackle price hikes. The ministers from Germany, France, Poland, Ukraine, Morocco, Kenya and Canada met in Berlin to prepare for a larger gathering which was to begin later in the day. The seven agriculture ministers were unanimous on the causes and consequences of food shortages, which are pushing prices sharply up and, they agreed, renewing the threats of social instability and the sort of food riots witnessed in Mozambique, Egypt and elsewhere last year. "We will see them again in 2011 and 2012 if we don't rapid take the necessary decisions together," warned French minister Bruno Le Maire. His Moroccan counterpart Aziz Akhenouch denounced the "rocketing prices" which threaten p...

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