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The Washington Post reports this morning that "more than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by a 'silent tsunami' of sharply rising food prices, which have sparked riots around the world and threaten UN-backed feeding programs for 20 million children, the top U.N. food official said Tuesday."

The reality, according to the World Food Program (WFP), is that there are millions of people today who would be classified as being hungry who would not have been so classified just six months ago.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told a UK news conference on the issue that "hunger is a moral challenge to each one of us as global citizens, but it is also a threat to the political and economic stability of poor nations around the world … with one child dying every five seconds from hunger-related causes, the time to act is now."

Brown said that with 25,000 people a day dying of hunger-related conditions, the British government was pledging $60 million (US) in emergency aid to help the WFP feed the poor in Africa and Asia.

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