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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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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Must Read

AP: 'Cheap' Bread to Cost Billions in New Egypt

Author: Charles Hanley

For over a half-century the Egyptian government has sold cut-rate wheat flour to bakeries for the production of bread. Many Egyptians rely on this subsidy, but in the face of a looming global food crisis, the program may cost billions of dollars for the new Cairo leadership.

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