Global stocks of rice are at their lowest in two decades.
As a result rice prices have more than doubled since the start of the year.
The United Nations World Food Programme’s spokesperson, Paul Risley, says the “poorest of the poor” will go hungry because their agency can’t afford to buy rice.
“For us this is a very immediate crisis. We have had individual suppliers breaking contracts with us because they realize they cannot afford to provide rice at the price they’ve committed to. That means we end up with a shortfall. In Cambodia, we have been forced to cut back on school distributions. That means children in Cambodia will go without WFP-supported feedings because of the very high price of rice.”
As of this month the United Nations World Food Program has suspended free breakfasts to nearly half a million schoolchildren.
Sorn Sarath from VOD went to visit one of the schools affected to see the impact.