In Bangladesh politics revolves round the prices of staple foods. The price of rice in Bangladesh has a correlation with poverty, economic and political stability. In 2000, a wage labourer could buy 6-7 kg of rice with his daily income (Taka 60 per day, about 43 p). Now, less than half of that can be bought, even though the income has risen over time. Rising food prices stand out as a problem that, if left unresolved, could derail all political predictions and spell disaster for the country in 2008.