Food Security

Backgrounder

Food Price Volatility and Insecurity

Author: Toni Johnson

Global food prices are being driven up by a number of factors including bad weather, low stocks, and unstable commodities markets. Combating price volatility and protecting food security will take increased agriculture production and better food distribution, experts say.

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Event

The Global Food Crisis

As the price of staple foods remains high, calls for aid and action have increased. Riots in Haiti and unrest around the globe have highlighted the dramatic effects of rising food prices in developing nations and the dire consequences for the world’s poor. Join our speakers to get an on-the-ground perspective of the crisis and discuss its causes and possible solutions.

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Event

Implications of Famine for East Africa

The worst drought in decades has left millions of East Africans facing famine, compounding an already difficult and complex political and security situation in the Horn of Africa and beyond. Join Jendayi Frazer and EJ Hogendoorn to discuss the short- and long-term challenges for regional governments, international institutions, and the United States in responding to concerns in the region.

**For further information on the region, please visit CFR's Interactive Map: Horn of Africa, by clicking the following link: http://www.cfr.org/human-rights/interactive-map-horn-africa/p13389**

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Interview

Al-Shabaab and Somalia's Spreading Famine

Rashid Abdi interviewed by Jayshree Bajoria

Somalia's growing famine partly stems from a global failure to act on warning signs, but it's exacerbated by militant group al-Shabaab, factions of which are blocking aid delivery and might have to be negotiated with, says Africa analyst Rashid Abdi.

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Interview Laurie Garrett interviewed by Toni Johnson

With food prices at historic levels, unrest is mounting around the world, particularly in import-dependent regions such as the Middle East. CFR's Laurie Garrett says to meet demand going forward, countries will need to enhance food production and efficiencies.

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Must Read

The New Geopolitics of Food

Welcome to the new food economics of 2011: Prices are climbing, but the impact is not at all being felt equally. Those who are barely hanging on to the lower rungs of the global economic ladder risk losing their grip entirely.

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