As AYA’s expanded farm enters another successful growing season, food prices in Africa continue to rise, inspiring protests in Kenya. On April 20th, 2011 The Associated Press reported:
Food prices are rising across the globe, driven in part by the higher transport costs that accompany rising oil prices. The World Bank said last week that food prices are 36 percent higher today than a year ago, and are pushing people "deeper into poverty."
But no region has been hit harder by rising food costs than Africa over the last three months. Wheat costs 87 percent more in Sudan. Rice is up 30 percent in Chad. Maize has risen at least 25 percent in Uganda, Somalia, Mozambique and Kenya.
While the AYA farm will be affected by the rising cost of fuel and other inputs, it will no doubt continue to serve as a blessing to the children of AYA partner programs. Schools will be able to continue feeding programs to ensure that children are nourished and able to focus on learning. Orphanages can feel secure in the fact that children can continue to have three meals a day and not have to face long nights with hungry bellies. HIV-positive children will be able to take their medication with the food needed to ensure the drugs can be digested properly.
For all of these opportunities, AYA is enormously grateful to our supporters for making the AYA farm possible. Your generosity has given children hope and comfort in difficult times.
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