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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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Seeking Answers to Global Trade Challenges

The World Trade Organization this week hosted a public forum, “Seeking Answers to Global Trade Challenges”, which discussed the future of the multilateral trading system. The forum addressed four main topics related to global trade: food security,…

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Improving Market Access Through Research and Analysis

While increasing access to well-functioning markets for high-value agricultural products is one key component of agricultural and economic development, an equally important component is ensuring that smallholder producers, particularly women, have the…

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Broadening Opportunities for Development

The  2011 Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), cohosted by the World Bank, OECD, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and the French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry, was held on May 31-Jun 1 in Paris.…

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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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IFPRI to take leading role in two new CGIAR Research Programs

IFPRI will take a leading role in two of the new research programs currently being developed by the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). IFPRI will be the lead center for CGIAR Research Program 2,  Policies, institutions,…

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Understanding the Implications of Global Markets and Trade

How is a country affected by changes in the global prices of its export and import commodities? What is the change in short-run prices when a country’s food supply is increased? Answering such questions can pose a major challenge to global…

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Workshop on Nontariff Measures in Food and Agricultural Trade

David Orden, Senior IFPRI Research Fellow and Director of the Global Issues Initiative, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, at Virginia Tech, is one of five organizers for this workshop funded by the Farm Foundation, the U.S. Department…

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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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