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Oxfam reaction to World Bank food price report

31st Aug 2012

Colin Roche of Oxfam said: "Today's World Bank report that the price of maize and soybeans reached a record peak in July is yet another alarm bell for governments that action on food price volatility is urgently required but it's still not clear whether they are listening.

"The report says that three-quarters of the change in the prices of internationally traded cereals will be transmitted to domestic markets, and Oxfam is already seeing the devastating impact of food price volatility in developing countries that rely on food imports.

"The G20 has decided to wait for September's US crop report before deciding whether to take action on food prices but they must call it now before prices spiral out of control and push more people into hunger. This 'wait and see' attitude is unacceptable especially when the World Bank report has warned that prices are expected to remain high and volatile."