Food Prices

Food Policy Analysis Tools

For the latest data regarding global commodity prices, visit the Policy Analysis Tools section of the Food Security Portal.

This section provides interactive data analysis tools for four major agricultural commodities (wheat, maize, soybeans, and rice), including:

Excessive Food Price Variability Early Warning System

One of the newest tools on the Food Security Portal is the Excessive Food Price Variability Early Warning System. This one-of-a-kind tool provides a visual representation of historical periods of excessive global price volatility from 2000-present, as well as a daily volatility status. This status can alert policymakers when world markets are experiencing a period of excessive food price volatility; this information can then be used to determine appropriate country-level food security responses, such as the release of physical food stocks. This tool supports two recommendations of the 2011 G20 meetings. First, it provides information to the Agriculture Market Information System (AMIS) on price variability in global markets and shows when periods of excessive price variability are occurring and how long they last. Second, it supports the design of emergency humanitarian food reserves to be coordinated by the World Food Programme.