UN food program hit by higher commodity prices

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  • Friday, 15 Apr 2011

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) is grappling with higher food costs at the same time the United States, its largest donor, could cut funding in a bid to reduce its budget deficit.

Rising commodity prices are driving up expenses at the largest global anti-hunger agency, which buys about 3.5 million tons (3.2 metric tons) of food annually, and collaborates with scores of other groups on emergency feeding programs and hunger prevention.

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