Australia will provide A$1.6 million to Bangladesh to support the on-going emergency operation of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to address the impact of high food prices on the country's poorest people.

Moves by the United States to provide more cash instead of commodities to fight a growing world food crisis are welcomed, but more is needed, a U.N. World Food Program (WFP) official said on Tuesday.

"Just because food prices have come down doesn't mean the crisis is over," said Allan Jury, WFP director of U.S. relations.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated $15 million (Rs 1.7 billion) worth of vital food aid for Sri Lanka to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The food, consisting of wheat, lentils and vegetable oil, will be distributed to a large number of displaced and conflict-affected people in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka.

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