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High Food Prices: The What, Who, and How of Proposed Policy Actions

The complex causes of the current food and agriculture crisis require a comprehensive response. In view of the urgency of assisting people and countries in need, the first set of policy actions—an emergency package—consists of steps that can yield…


Biofuels and Grain Prices: Impacts and Policy Responses

On May 7, 2008, Mark W. Rosegrant, Director of IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the impact of biofuels on grain prices and its policy…


Going hungry more often: Food prices and the poor

Domitila Revilla Romero, 56, lives in a shantytown on the outskirts of Lima and works as a laundress to help support her three children, her nephew, and her daughter-in-law, all of whom earn increasingly precarious livings. But as food prices rise,…


Rising Food Prices: What Should Be Done?

IFPRI Policy Brief • April 2008 The sharp increase in food prices over the past couple of years has raised serious concerns about the food and nutrition situation of poor people in developing countries, about inflation, and—in some countries—about…


Toward a New Global Governance System for Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition

Commentary Toward a New Global Governance System for Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition  What Are the Options? The current world food and agricultural policy system is in disarray. For some time, we have observed the symptoms of this disarray with…


What Goes Down Must Come Up: Global Food Prices Reach New Heights

  Prices are surging for food commodities worldwide, posing a tough policy challenge for developing countries—can they protect poor consumers without squelching new opportunities for farmers? Poor consumers across the globe are up in arms about their…