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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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Food Security Portal

The FAO’s recent announcement that global food prices reached a record high in December 2010 has once again brought food security to the forefront of global attention. The continued rise in food prices in 2010, coupled with the prediction of a…

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The population and income growth 'double whammy'

IFPRI’s lead climate change researcher,  Gerald Nelson, spoke to Living on Earth’s Bruce Gellerman on January 21 about the relationship between the recent worldwide price spikes and weather events—and what this means for the future of food security in…

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Monitoring Global Commodity Prices

The FAO’s recent statement that global food prices reached a record high in December 2010 has sparked the memory of the 2007-08 crisis and turned global attention back to the issue of food security. As floods in Australia decimate the country’s wheat…

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Assessing the Impact of Increased Global Food Prices on the Poor

The global food crisis of 2007–08 was characterized by a sharp spike in the prices of most agricultural commodities, including staple grains. High world prices were transmitted to domestic markets, eroding the purchasing power of urban households and…

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Monitoring the Global Wheat Market

The dramatic surge in food prices in 2007–2008 seriously threatened the world’s poor, who struggle to buy food even under normal circumstances, and led to protests and riots in the developing world. The crisis eventually receded, providing some…

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Tracking Global Commodities Prices

Global food prices have a range of effects, both positive and negative, on agricultural markets, food prices, and food security in the developing world. Having access to reliable food price information is critical for policymakers, food policy…

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Fires in Russia, Wheat Production, and Volatile Markets

Recent events in Russia, one of the largest suppliers of wheat in the world, have raised concern about the current and future price of wheat and wheat-based products. This article briefly examines the issue and determines if there is in fact cause for…

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