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World Bank Head Raises Food Prices Alarm: ‘One Shock Away From a Full-Grown Crisis’

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"Of particular concern is food prices. This is the biggest threat today to the world's poor, where we risk losing a generation."

CNTV reports:

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank have held their spring meetings at the World Bank building in the US capital, Washington DC.

They discussed the outlook of the global economy, and the challenges that lie ahead.

It's the fourth year of the global financial crisis, and the world economy is slowly picking up. But there are still great vulnerabilities and uncertainties.

That's the message world financial leaders are sending out from their spring meeting.

World Bank President Robert Zoellick says the surge in food prices is the biggest threat to the world's poor, pushing 44 million more people into poverty over the past year.

Robert Zoellick, World Bank President, said, "Of particular concern is food prices. This is the biggest threat today to the world's poor, where we risk losing a generation. We are one shock away from a full-grown crisis. The financial crisis taught us that prevention is better than cure. We cannot afford to forget that lesson."

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