IN THE NEWS A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE

Prayerful solutions to the world's food shortage

Early this month , world leaders gathered in Rome, in response to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's invitation to help address what's being called "a silent tsunami"—the unprecedented jump in food prices around the world.

Already, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been marshalling its troops to support lifesaving distribution networks: 30 ships on the high seas, 5,000 trucks on the road, 70 aircraft in the sky. But WFP says these only amount to a stopgap in the face of massive needs it can't meet alone. The presidents of Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, along with Cuba's vice president, have created a $100 million fund to supply staple foods to their countries. But they, too, admit it will not be enough. President George W. Bush has asked the US Congress to approve millions of dollars in food aid.

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