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Surging food prices force Liberians to eat spaghetti

If you had to choose one, would you go for rice or pasta?

The rapid increase in food prices world wide might not be affecting the West much, but in many countries around the globe, it means changing their life-long habits and switching to cheaper foods, BBC reports.

For example, Liberia, which imports 90% of its rice from Asia and the US, saw prices more than double in the last six months, making it out of reach for ordinary Liberians. So they turn to pasta.

Spaghetti shacks are apparently springing up everywhere in working-class Monrovia. Liberians like to prepare their spaghetti "the Liberian way", with lots of African chili pepper and cut into pieces to make it easier to eat.

Don't be surprised if the next Italian celebrity chef comes from Liberia.

Filed under: Food and Drink, Africa, Liberia

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