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Prices Down, UN Demands More Food $

From Fox News:

World Food Program Wants Even More Money, Despite Ease in Crisis

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
By George Russell

A little more than a year after the United Nations World Food Program declared that the globe faced a "silent tsunami" of rising food prices and oil costs, the crisis appears to be over. But for the WFP the fact that the tsunami has receded hasn’t stopped it from asking for more money than ever.

WFP says it needs $6.3 billion this year, and roughly the same amount in 2010 and 2011 to feed the world’s most desperately hungry. That’s $600 million more than last year, when the so-called hunger tsunami was at its worst. And it’s considerably more than double the roughly $2.7 billion annually that the agency spent before WFP chief Josette Sheeran declared the existence of a food crisis on April 22, 2008

Meantime, however, world oil prices, which have ticked upward beyond $58 per barrel in the past few days, are still less than 40% of the $150 per barrel they reached in April, 2008, when the food crisis was declared.

International food prices-especially for grains-are down 35% to 50%, from their highs, after a record harvest of many crops last year and more of the same forecast this year. WFP says world wheat supplies are at their highest level in six years. According to a report by Commodity Information Systems, Inc., a U.S.-based analytics firm, U.S. wheat stocks rose by 9% between April and May alone. And a new report by the U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization says that world cereal stocks by the end of 2009 should be at their highest level since 2002

But the most dramatic switch for WFP from its past policies, is not what it purchases but how it purchases.

WFP is now using its increase in funds to make much greater numbers of cash-on-the-barrelhead purchases of local food supplies in developing regions, rather than passing on large quantities of foodstuffs donated by rich exporters like the U.S.

Last year, for example, WFP got $4.15 billion in cash from donors and only $887 million in in-kind food supplies, and according to the spokesman spent $1.1 billion procuring food in 73 developing countries.

The change in WFP’s cash vs. in-kind balance is something that it has sought as a long term strategy to become more of an international food welfare agency doling out cash than a food bank handing out imported emergency supplies

Gosh, what a shock this is. The United Nations wanting still more billions of our tax dollars?

And now they want to become the world’s ‘welfare agency’?

Who ever saw that coming?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Prices Down, UN Demands More Food $”

  1. marinetbryant says:

    You think the record crops might have been caused by…..global warming?


  2. GL0120 says:

    The extra money is to help finance the pirates who split their loot with the U.N..

  3. Right of the People says:

    F*** them. It’s amazing how they denigrate the US at every turn until they need help.

    We need to drop out of this corrupt, left-wing American hate-fest and tell them to get the heck out of our country. Maybe their human rights leaders in Libya will give them a building. Then we can convert the UN building into public housing or maybe luxury condos. It’s got great views of the river from what I’m told. Just think of the bucks we could save by not subsidizing all of their “programs”, we could use it pay off some of this debt Barry and his boys are saddling us with.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Let them eat cake.

    • Dangerous says:

      Saving money by ditching the UN? The way I hear it, that’d be millions in parking tickets alone.

    • bousquem says:

      I agree we need to toss their sorry butts out of here. I wouldn’t plan on it for a while though, we need to get someone who actually believes in America and not changing it to suit these leftist progressives views. It also really irks me that the whole program is suppose to feed the hungry but all they want is cash to give to the local thugs. I’d rather give them the food, some how I really doubt alot of that money is going to spent for food at a good price. Watch them paying thousands for expired food or for things you could buy for alot less. Nothing the UN seems to sponsor seems to ever turn out right, it is always full of corruption. And of course, you have to love the whole “US is evil” mentality they seem to have. I don’t see most of these third world hell hole countries with tin pot dictators working to actually help people, they just seem to believe in taking advantage of them.

  4. texaspsue says:

    “The change in WFP’s cash vs. in-kind balance is something that it has sought as a long term strategy…..”.

    Yeah, it gets to be a hassle when you have to take all of that donated food out the USA bags and repackage it in tallybond bags. :-)

    At what point is America going to get fed up with the UN’s orders and demands ? I agree with the above sentiment….”we need to toss their sorry butts out of here”.

    Maybe some other Countries should chip in and help out for a change.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    Well geez .. after all .. these guys just saw us fork over a quick 1.5 billion to the WHO for an imagined flu “crisis” …. They’re just tryin’ to get their piece of the easy action!

    And if we spent 5.6 billion on this crap last year .. how the hell is anybody hungry??? What are they eating???

    Or, might it be the UN’s “delivery fees” (wink, wink) ???

  6. wirenut says:

    I’ll try to avoid any violent or vulgar language on this topic as spelled out by our host,on this site. Blank-blank-blank
    F-blank you, you snotty-nosed eurocrat chiseling blank-blankers! If not not for the U.S. you wouldn’t have a table, much less a blank-blank damn chair to sit your unworthy arse on. Where I come from, potlickers like you would be blank-blank
    and then blanked! Sorry, this is the best I could do as a “community service” to this site. I’ll fill in the blanks at a lib-tard site.

  7. canary says:

    MinnesotaRush/ exactly. It was so bogus. Obama in his Audacity, writes

    “The greater the capacity of the World Health Organization, the less likely we are to have to deal with a flu pandemic in our own country.”” 320.

    Obama had to know, as most of us suspected there was no threat, but allowed WHO to send all that money. Meanwhile, U.S. is getting the tests and finding out, yep, it’s here, but most have allready recovered by the time U.S. got the test proceedures. That’s why I think the Mexican govt will spend the money on something else. Obama allowed a world and medica panic over a flu he new was not serious. Had to be something else he wanted Mexico to have the money for.

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