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.
Even if a U.S. assessment of North Korea's food situation echoes a UN report earlier this year that warned of shortages, debate rages about whether new food aid should be provided to a recalcitrant Pyongyang.
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.
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.
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.
In this issue of Food Outlook, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports on global supply and demand balances, and warns against further supply shocks as prices continue to rise.
Authors: Klaus von Grebmer, Marie T. Ruel, and Purnima Menon
As the world approaches the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals--which include a goal of reducing the proportion of hungry people by half--the 2010 Global Hunger Index offers a useful multidimensional overview of global hunger.
With one billion people already going hungry and the world's population rising, global food production must urgently be increased. But Africa can manage this surge -- if it finally uses the seeds, fertilizers, and irrigation methods common everywhere else.
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The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
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