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Cairo grappling with bread crisis –– 
two people killed

17 Mar 08 - Egypt is looking for rapid solutions to a bread crisis that has generated riots in which at least two people have been killed. Other reports in the local press say as many as nine other Egyptians have been killed in similar incidents, where guns were pulled out in bread lines.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appealed to the army on Sunday, asking for help in manufacturing and distributing bread to keep up with the demand. He also asked for help from the government's defense and social solidarity ministries.

Heba Kandil, a spokeswoman for the World Food Programme (WFP) Cairo office, told The Media Line the latest crisis in Egypt was part of the global food predicament.

This has emerged from a number of factors, including the rise in oil and energy prices, the economic boom in nations like India and China which is increasing demand, climate and weather-related events such as droughts and floods, and competition between food and fuel, where more land and agricultural crops are being used for bio-fuels than for food.

The rise in commodities and wheat has made unsubsidized bread unaffordable for a large portion of the Egyptian population.,7340,L-3520337,00.html
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