Food Security

Analysis Brief

Cutting Back on Fuel Subsidies

Author: Toni Johnson

Many countries are reducing or ending fuel subsidies in the face of high fuel costs and the spreading financial crisis. Though the cuts may prove unpopular, some experts say they could help ease global oil demand.

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Op-Ed

Putting Rich Farmers First

Author: David G. Victor
Newsweek

Rising food prices offer the United States an opportunity to wean farmers off lavish subsidies.  However, as David Victor argues in this Newsweek article, the U.S Congress has been doing just the opposite by passing legislation that will heap even more cash on farmers. 

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Primary Sources

L’Aquila Joint Statement on Global Food Security

We, Heads of State, Government and International and Regional Organizations convened in L'Aquila, remain deeply concerned about global food security, the impact of the global financial and economic crisis and last year's spike in food prices on the countries least able to respond to increased hunger and poverty. While the prices of food commodities have decreased since their peak of 2008, they remain high in historical terms and volatile. The combined effect of longstanding underinvestment in agriculture and food security, price trends and the economic crisis have led to increased hunger and poverty in developing countries, plunging more than a further 100 million people into extreme poverty and jeopardising the progress achieved so far in meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The number of people suffering from hunger and poverty now exceeds 1 billion.

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Op-Ed

A Week of Hunger

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Michael Gerson argues that despite rising food prices, the U.S. government has the ability to practically end hunger within its borders. And while there may be many explanations for why it has not already done so—there are no excuses.

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Other Report

Food Price Inflation: Explanation and Policy Implications

Author: Karen H. Johnson

The sharp run-up in food prices has triggered riots in several countries and threatened to push millions of people below the poverty line. In this Center for Geoeconomic Studies Working Paper, Karen H. Johnson explains the causes and likely future course of food-price inflation and analyzes the implications for central banks, trade negotiators, and agricultural policy.

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Must Read

WB: Rising Food Prices

The World Bank analyzes trends and determinants in rising food prices as well as the impact on countries and households and recommends policy options for governments facing food crises.

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