Tag Food price volatility

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, 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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Africa: Food security and financial speculation

As food prices rise and become more and more volatile it becomes less and less likely that we will achieve the goal of halving the number of people in the world who go hungry by 2015., in collaboration with Unicredit Foundation, Fondazione Cariplo and AgiAfro, organises an international conference in Milan (Italy) on Food security in Africa and financial speculation. The event takes place on November 30, 2011.

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Brussels Development Briefing: Food Price Volatility

The Brussels Development Briefing organised by 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, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Concord and various other partners, will take place on 30 November 2011 in Brussels and focus on food price volatility. will cover the event in collaboration with African independent newspapers.

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“Not just food, Just Food”: time to rethink the global food system

Brussels/Rome –  In a new paper issued ahead of World Food Day 2011 (10th Oct) and an upcoming food summit in Rome at the UN Committee on World Food Security (17-22 Oct 2011), CIDSE says volatile food prices put both consumers and farmers in developing countries at risk.

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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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