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September 17, 2009

FOOD AID AT 20-YEAR LOW AS NUMBER OF HUNGRY HITS RECORD

Reuters - Food aid is at a 20-year low despite the number of critically hungry people soaring this year to its highest level ever, the United Nations relief agency said. The number of hungry people will pass 1 billion this year for the first time, the U.N. World Food Program said, adding that it is facing a serious budget shortfall. To date the WFP has confirmed $2.6 billion in funding for its 2009 budget of $6.7 billion.

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