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Price Spikes, Volatility, and Global Food Markets

The 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 food price crises have had lasting impacts on global food security, and the world will likely continue to face high prices and price volatility, given the global food economy’s structure. Since 2001, food price volatility…

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Climate Change in Yemen

The new IFPRI  Discussion Paper  “Climate Change and Floods in Yemen” by  Manfred Wiebelt,  Clemens Breisinger,  Olivier Ecker, Perrihan Al-Riffai,  Richard Robertson , and Ranier Thiele  assesses the impact of climate change on Yemen’s economy and food…

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Brussels Development Briefing on Food Price Volatility

Food price volatility is one of the most critical economic and food security challenges facing policymakers today. Spikes in food prices can have a significant impact on incomes, markets, and nutrition worldwide and, in extreme cases, can cause…

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US Commodity Futures Trading Commission caps commodities trading

In a long-awaited move, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission on October 18 approved limits on trading in the commodities markets. Specifically, the new rules limit the number of commodity contracts that any investor can hold in agriculture,…

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2011 Global Hunger Index Launched

Today marks the launch of the  2011 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report, the sixth in an annual series, which presents a multidimensional measure of global, regional, and national hunger. This year's report shows that although the world has made some…

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World Bank Open Forum on Food Crisis

Rising food prices have driven 44 million people into extreme poverty in recent months. On April 14 and 15, the World Bank and IMF held an open forum to answer questions and debate solutions to overcoming the crisis and ensuring nutritious food for…

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Urgent Action Needed to Prevent Recurring Food Crises

Just three years after the 2007-08 food crisis, the food security of poor people and vulnerable groups, especially women and children, is under threat as the prices of basic food items skyrocket. Expanding biofuel production, rising oil prices, U.S.…

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