Almost a quarter of families in the U.S. report having struggled in the past twelve months to afford food for their families. In places like Asia and areas of the former Soviet Union, the percentages of people having difficulty providing food has declined since the global downturn in 2008. But in the industrialized west the trend is going the other way. And it’s not just rising food prices that will hit Americans. Hundreds of thousands of American are about to be hit with higher payments on the home equity credit lines.