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World Briefing / UNITED NATIONS

$214 million in food aid planned

August 13, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The U.N. will provide $214 million in food assistance to 16 impoverished areas to help ease the effects of high food and oil prices, its food agency said.

Nearly 1 billion people worldwide -- particularly in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean -- are struggling to survive the rise in food and oil prices, the Rome-based World Food Program said.

The aid mainly will go to pregnant women, undernourished children and people living in the hard-hit urban areas.

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