Opening statement to WFP Executive Board February 2008 - Rome, Italy (14/02/08)

Executive Director Josette Sheeran

As we enter this New Year, hunger is at the centre of global attention but, more importantly, it is also at the centre of the global agenda. Since June, WFP has been raising awareness of the potential for a perfect storm and today in the newspapers, every day around the world, we read about how it is already hitting the hungry throughout the developing world, and even in some of the richer food markets, with record high food prices and the lowest grain stocks in 30 years.

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