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Statement to the European Parliament Development Committee - Brussels, Belgium (18/12/07)

Executive Director Josette Sheeran

The final thing I want to leave you with is an appeal: this year we are facing a shortfall of 625 million euros for our critical operations. In part this is because of the euro-dollar effect and in part because of the increase in transportation and food costs. We appeal for your help. We need more help by the end of the year and we need to look structurally at the effects of these rising food prices on our ability to reach people in the year ahead.

Josette Sheeran