ROME (AP) - France is enlisting U.N. agencies, international financial institutions and key G20 members to back its efforts to better regulate agricultural markets and make them more transparent in a bid to prevent food crises.
France's agriculture minister, Bruno Le Maire, met with the heads of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Agency and World Food Program on Friday, a day after FAO reported that world food prices had reached a historic peak.
France holds the Group of Eight and Group of 20 presidencies this year and has made battling high food prices a priority. WFP warned Friday that the skyrocketing prices were fueling instability and protest; they have been among the triggers for protest in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere.
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