聯合國世界糧食計劃署（The World Food Programme，WFP）的副執行主任鮑威爾 (John Powell) 對一個「飢餓的新面目」提出警告，並表示這個現象需要結合各政府、私部門及人道組織的力量才能克服。他在杜拜國際人道救援與發展大會（Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference, DIHAD）上指出：「糧食價格現在正以大多數人這輩子從未見過的速度飆昇」。這個會議4月8日在杜拜國際會議中心（Dubai International Convention Centre）開幕之後將舉行3天。鮑威爾表示他對於市面上充滿食物但很多民眾就是沒有能力購買的情形感到憂心。
在9日的大會中，聯合國人道事務署副秘書長（UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs）赫姆斯（John Holmes）警告，飆升的糧食價格將可能引發全球的不安，並威脅政治的穩定性。
Warning that spiralling food prices are leading to increased poverty and unrest, several senior United Nations officials are calling for urgent measures to tackle the global crisis, which is causing the most suffering among the world's poor.
The World Food Programme's deputy executive director is warning of a "new face of hunger" that will require the combined efforts of governments, the private sector, and humanitarian organizations to overcome.
"Food prices are now rising at rates that few of us can ever have seen before in our lifetimes," John Powell told the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference, DIHAD, a three day event that opened Tuesday at the Dubai International Convention Centre.
Powell said he is concerned about the fact that markets are full of food, but large numbers of people simply cannot afford to buy.
Last month, the World Food Programme said it is seeking funding to close a $500 million gap caused by the global spike in food and fuel prices, which have increased by an estimated 55 percent since last June.
Yesterday, at the same conference, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes warned that rising food prices could spark worldwide unrest and threaten political stability.
In the past few weeks, violent protests over rising food prices have occurred in a number of countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco and, most recently, in Haiti, where four people died in food riots last week.
The Haitian riots are continuing despite orders to stop from President Rene Preval, and 9,000 UN peacekeepers have not been able to end the looting and violence over rising food prices.
The world's largest food distribution agency, the World Food Programme has called on donors once again to urgently support its operations in Haiti, which has been particularly vulnerable to the spike in costs.
So far the agency has only received 13 percent, or $12.4 million, of the $96 million required to assist 1.7 million people in Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.
s a result, the World Food Programme says it barely has enough funding to support operations throughout April.
Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, discussed the issue of high food prices today in meetings with officials in Kuwait, the latest stop on his four-nation visit intended to encourage greater partnership with Gulf states in international humanitarian efforts.