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Rome food summit draws up emergency plan

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After intense debate, world leaders in Rome are drawing up an emergency plan to deal with the global food crisis. On day two of a UN summit, the organisation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has been pleading for progress.

He said: “This is the fight we cannot afford to lose. The enemy is hunger. Hunger degrades everything we have been fighting for in recent years and decades. Recent riots and protests show that hunger and the threat of hunger create unrest and instability”.

The summit is looking at the breaking down of trade barriers, increasing aid and investing more in farming in poor countries.

The growing popularity of biofuels, and whether it is playing a part in rising food prices, has also been a controversial issue.