Countries in the Horn of Africa like Kenya and Ethiopia have already given 700,000 hectares of land to foreign biofuel producers, and the region can’t afford to lose all that land to one single crop. While we need to be providing food aid to the region, the amount of food aid the international community can afford has dropped as a result of these rising food prices. In order to create a long-term solution, western governments need to get rid of their biofuel quotas and subsidies because they are causing more farmers to switch the land that used to be used to grow crops to land for growing biofuel crops.
The United States is included in both the cause and solution to this problem. The United States is one of the biggest consumers of biofuel crops, so we have greatly added to this rise in food prices. So now we should also be sending food aid to the region to help alleviate the extreme famine being suffered there. Other western countries should be adding to this fund as well, Italy, Germany, and France all have big stakes in the region. The United Nations needs to raise more funds than ever, and the international community needs to send aid now, and decrease the demand for biofuel crops in the future.