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Africa: AMIS, a strategic mistake of the G20

The need for a properly functioning Agricultural Market Information and the objectives were clear and important. The issue that did not come out right is why the G20 including Spain and seven other non G20 countries decided to establish a membership AMIS in total disregard to the existing initiatives that have not functioned well due to challenges that can be resolved, written the president of the Eastern African Farmers Organization (EAAFU), Philip Kiriro.

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The FAO’s battle against Food Price Volatility. Interview with Hafez Ghanem

Food price volatility is one of the most critical economic and food security challenge facing global policymakers today. Between 2007 and 2008, the prices of cereals and other food products not only doubled but in some cases more than doubled, only to plummet just a few months later. Why do prices increase this much? Has production decreased to such an extent that foodstuffs have become precious and rare? And how can the situation be eased? The assistant Director-General of FAO responsible for the Economic and Social Development Department, Hafez Ghanem, answers to these topic questions in an interview released to Afronline.org, Le Républicain (Niger), Sud Quotidien (Senegal), Les Echos du Mali and Addis Fortune (Ethiopia).

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Increasing productivity to reduce the volatility of agricultural prices

Brussels – In Africa, food security is synonymous with the strengthening of national agricultural production and political security, thus promoting regional integration. This assessment was shared by high-level agricultural experts who met in Brussels on November 30 during a conference on food price volatility organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in cooperation with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the European Commission (DG Devco), the ACP Secretariat and Concord*.

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Predicting food price volatility

A new tool for measuring food price volatility in global agriculture markets could help poor countries or aid agencies like the World Food Programme (WFP) decide where and when to buy staples, says Maximo Torero, director of the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Markets, Trade and Institutions Division.

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