Aid group warns of worsening hunger in Africa

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Posted: Jun 01, 2011 10:13 AM
Aid group warns of worsening hunger in Africa

An aid group is warning that decades of progress against hunger in Africa is being reversed by rising food prices, chronic droughts and "unfair" land policies.

Oxfam's new report came out Wednesday, a day after Kenyan police dispersed dozens of protesters trying to hold an overnight vigil to protest rising prices.

Baton-wielding officers scattered protesters on the road where the president and prime minister have their offices.

Dinah Awuor Agar, the president of a group of low-wage workers known as the People's Parliament, says the protest was over the rising cost of living, an issue that has sparked recent protests in other African countries.

Oxfam says rich nations, transnational corporations and local elites are grabbing land needed for food production.