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Zoellick: G20 must tackle food security

02-16-2011 14:17 BJT

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Robert Zoellick, chief of the World Bank, says rising prices have hit people hardest in the developing world. He says prices are at a dangerous level, and global cooperation is needed to tackle issue.

The World Bank estimates that higher prices for corn, wheat and oil have pushed some 44 million people into extreme poverty since last June. Zoellick said he's concerned that some countries may react to food inflation by banning exports which would just aggravate the problem. The report comes a day before finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of 20 leading economies meet in Paris.

The World Bank chief called for the international community to be aware of the risks and set food security at the top of the agenda at the G20 meeting.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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