A recent conference on the global food scarcity estimated that rising food costs and other economic woes could“forceasmanyas100millionpeopledeeperinto poverty”.1 This figure is above and beyond the 923 million people currently suffering from hunger. High food prices are reversing the previously positive developments toward achieving the Millennium Development Goal(MDG) of halving the world’s hungry by 2015. Aggravating the situation is the global financial crisis currently gripping the world’s developed economies and certain to impact the developing world in many important ways. A key concern is that the economic down turn will furthers low the already feeble progress of do nor countries in meeting their development assistance commitments.Some analysts anticipate education in aid spending – a typical response to financial crises in donor countries (Japan, 1990; Finland, Norway and Sweden,1991)in recent history.
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