US President George Bush has called on the US Congress to approve spending 770 million dollars to help alleviate food shortages and rising prices around the world.
The president said Thursday that in some of the world's poorest countries, higher prices can mean the difference between getting a daily meal or going without food.
President Bush wants to spend more on agricultural development programs to help farmers grow more food, and change the way food aid is delivered by buying more from farmers in the developing world.
Mr. Bush has also called on other nations to lift restrictions on agricultural exports and remove limits on genetically modified crops that he says are safe, resistant to drought and illness and hold the promise of producing more food for more people.
The 770 million dollars comes on top of 200 million dollars Mr. Bush ordered released in response to the crisis. Mr. Bush says in combination with existing programs, the U.S. will spend five billion dollars both this year and in 2009 to combat global hunger.
In addition to hunger, soaring food prices have caused riots and hoarding in some poor nations.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said earlier this week that he is organizing a global effort to cope with the crisis. The UN estimates 100 million people are going hungry because they cannot afford to buy food.