The soaring cost of food is threatening millions of people in poor countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned. Food prices have risen an unprecedented 40% in the last year and many aid workers may be unable to cope.
“It’s awful,” said one international development worker based in Nairobi. “I came to Africa because I was offered help with my rent, travel allowances and a whacking great salary in a dirt poor country. Now I can barely afford a glass of red with my pizza. I don’t know what to do. I may even have to sack my gardener in order to make ends meet.”
The cost of sushi in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, was singled out for particular criticism in the hard-hitting report.
“At $20 a pop,” said the report, “diners expect salmon or tuna. Serving tilapia is simply not good enough.”
Accommodation in the city’s tented camps starts at $150 due to demand from UN agencies and international charities but this has had a devastating effect on the local cost of living.
“Recruiting waiters and barmen is now all but impossible. They all want to be drivers for the United Nations,” according to the report’s authors.