U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon says the _______________ price of food has developed into a global crisis. He says the U.N.-sponsored meeting in Bern must find solutions to a problem that is increasing , _______________ and _______________ in the world. The United Nations estimates about 100 million of the world’s poorest people cannot afford to buy food. Because of the _______________ costs, the World Food Program says its original _______________ for this year is not enough to feed all the hungry. It is appealing for an additional three quarters of $1 billion to meet the extra expenses.
The U.N. refugee agency says millions of refugees and internally displaced people will be particularly hard hit by _______________ food prices. Spokesman, Ron Redmond, says most of these people are totally dependent on food donations from the international community.
«This kind of dramatic price increases can also _______________ instability, particularly in poor countries and this is of great concern to UNHCR as well, because we are already seeing this happening in several countries,» said Redmond. «Of course, the possibility could be eventual increased displacement should it trigger _______________ conflict and instability in those countries.»
The Food and Agriculture Organization warns _______________ rises in cereal prices have left 37 poor countries in an emergency situation. This has sparked food riots in many countries including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Egypt and _______________.
The meeting in Bern will also address the impact of climate change on food production and explore ways to help poor countries adapt to these changes. The growing _______________ over bio-fuels is also on the agenda.
Critics argue that the cultivation of _______________ for bio-fuels is taking good land away from food production and causing prices to _______________. Some people are calling for a moratorium on the production of bio-fuels.
The U.N. meeting is expected to _______________ with a plan of emergency measures to solve the _______________ global food crisis. Participants also will begin to address the longer-term problems.