THE QUESTION

Food riots have broken out in Egypt, Indonesia, Cameroon, Peru and, most recently, Haiti. What impact do you see the food-price explosion having on the world or your region, politically and economically? What can be done about it?

Posted by David Ignatius and Fareed Zakaria on April 16, 2008 9:00 AM

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William M. Gumede is a former deputy editor of The Sowetan, Johannesburg. He is the author of the bestselling Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC. His new book, The Democracy Gap: AfricaŹ¼s Wasted Years, will be released in the U.S. in May, 2009.

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Originally from Pakistan, Anwer Sher is based in Dubai and writes for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. His varied career experience includes banking, consulting, and real estate development. He has a Masters degree in International Relations.

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Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is the Consulting Editor of The Economic Times, India's largest financial daily. He writes a popular weekly column, titled Swaminomics in the Times of India. He spends roughly half the year in New Delhi and half in Washington D.C., where he is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and an occasional consultant to the World Bank. He has been the editor of India's two main financial dailies, The Economic Times (1992-94) and Financial Express (1988-90). He was also the India Correspondent of the British weekly, The Economist, for most of two decades between 1976 and 1998.

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» Frances | Population growth is certainly a problem but government corruption is a bigger problem. What good is it to bring food to countries like Haiti when it...
» daniel | Food riots are breaking out worldwide. What impact do you see the food price explosion having on your region, politically and economically? What can b...
» Betty Hamilton | There is an article in today's NY Times on rice production in Australia. I suggest we may all be raising our own food, as much as possible sooner tha...
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