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Hunger: New Causes for Same Old Problem

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jill Moss 2007-10-21 Seventy percent of the world's hungry live in rura

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by jill moss
2007-10-21
seventy percent of the world's hungry live in rural areas

this is the voa special english development report.

the united nations says more than eight hundred fifty million people do not have enough food. for this year's world food day observance last week, voa reporters examined the current causes of hunger.

poverty, disease and conflict have historically threatened food security. now, rising food prices and issues like climate change add to these threats.

a new study warns of future losses in world food production because of crop damage from changes in the weather. william cline wrote the study from the center for global development in washington. he says countries closest to the equator will be hardest hit.

for example, he predicts that if nothing is done, global warming could cut india's food production by up to forty percent by the year twenty eighty. africa and latin america could lose twenty percent or more.

governments concerned about global warming and dependence on oil are investing in biofuels from corn and other plants. but lester brown at the earth policy institute in washington says demand for fuel crops is pushing up food prices. he says the world's eight hundred sixty million automobile owners are now in direct competition with the two billion poorest people.

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