WFP Urges Decisive Action Against Hunger

Geneva, World Food Programme (WFP) has urged political and economic decision-makers to work out decisive steps to wipe out hunger across the world.
The WFP said in a report Friday that a simple meal in several developing countries is much more expensive than in rich nations.
A simple bowl of food in Malawi costs much more than in Davos when you measure the cost of the meal as a percentage of a person’s average daily income, it added.
As political and business leaders gather for the World Economic Forum annual meeting, the World Food Programme (WFP) has worked out how costly food can be for some of the world’s poorest people.
WFP noted that as a proportion of income, people in the developing world can pay 100 times more than rich-country counterparts for a basic plate of food. When the most deprived, conflict-ravaged places are factored in, the cost can be up to 300 times higher.
WFP’s Chief Economist Arif Husain says this analysis aims to hold a new mirror up to the world, one which illustrates the distortions in the purchasing power of the rich and the poor as they try to meet their basic food needs.
“It is a reminder that access to affordable, nutritious food should be a right for all,” he added.
High food costs in poor countries are generally driven by huge losses caused by deficient storage, transport and distribution systems; excessive reliance on few staple crops; lack of access to markets for local farmers; insufficient preparedness in the face of a changing climate; and conflict itself often fueled by grievances over the allocation of resources, the report concluded.

Source: Qatar News Agency