Moon and Zoellick and Lamy Discuss World Food Crisis in Berne

The UN has convened a two-day meeting in Berne which is being attended by the heads of 20 agencies as well as World Bank president Robert Zoellick and World Trade Organization boss Pascal Lamy. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is due to announce details of new measures to tackle the global food crisis. The announcement is expected after a meeting of UN aid agency chiefs in the Swiss capital Berne. The UN estimates up to 100 million of the world's poorest people now need food aid due to soaring food prices. The cost of staple foods like rice, grain, oil and sugar are all at least 50% higher than they were this time last year. In the short term, the World Food Programme needs an extra $755m (ः380m), as its original budget for 2008 will not be enough to cover rising prices and increased demand.