Robert Zoellick, the Bank's president, said food prices had risen by almost 30% in the past year and were within striking distance of the record levels reached during 2008.
"Global food prices are rising to dangerous levels and threaten tens of millions of poor people around the world," Zoellick said. "The price hike is already pushing millions of people into poverty, and putting stress on the most vulnerable, who spend more than half of their income on food."
According to the latest edition of Food Price Watch, the World Bank's food price index was up by 15% between October 2010 and January 2011, is 29% above its level a year earlier, and only 3% below its 2008 peak.
Wheat prices have seen the most pronounced increases, doubling between June last year and January 2011, while maize prices were up 73%.
THIS IS MOSTLY THE RESULT OF THE LEFT'S "GREEN ECONOMY" PROGRAMS: THEY RAISE THE PRICE OF ENERGY AND FERTILIZER AND TRANSPORTATION.
IF WE WANT TO REDUCE POVERTY, THEN WE HAVE TO PUT THE KIBOSH ON ALL THE LEFT-WING POLICIES.
AND ANOTHER THING:
THEREFORE, EMPLOYING THESE PROGRAMS HAVE ZERO NET BENEFIT FOR HUMANITY.
MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO IS THEREFORE INSANE.
WE NEED TO ERADICATE ALL SO-CALLED GREEN PROGRAMS.
TO HELP THE POOR.