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World on track for record food prices 'within a year' due to US drought

World on track for record food prices 'within a year' due to US drought | Food Security | Scoop.it
Brace yourself for some painful "agflation". That is the shorthand for agricultural commodity inflation, otherwise known as rising food prices.
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France to convene G20 meeting to avert food crisis

EU wheat closed mixed but mostly lower on the day, with Nov 12 London wheat up GBP0.50/tonne to GBP205.00/tonne and Nov 12 Paris wheat falling EUR1.25/tonne to EUR259.00/tonne.
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Maize From Argentina May Cool World Markets

Maize From Argentina May Cool World Markets | Food Security | Scoop.it
Argentina will be exporting another 2.75 million tonnes of maize, bringing a modicum of stability to the volatile global food market. The announcement was made by Argentina's agriculture minister, Norberto Yauhar.
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Fears of global food price crisis recede

LONDON (Reuters) - The third global food price spike in four years may have peaked after a summer of stunning increases on cereal markets, as a U.S.
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UN News - UN agencies call for swift international action to prevent repeat of world food crisis

UN News - UN agencies call for swift international action to prevent repeat of world food crisis | Food Security | Scoop.it
Coordinated international action is urgently needed to prevent rising food prices from hurting tens of millions of people over the coming months, the heads of the three United Nations food and agricultural agencies said in a joint statement today.
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Study: Food crisis imminent within next decade if no change to climate policy

Study: Food crisis imminent within next decade if no change to climate policy | Food Security | Scoop.it
The report, led by the University of Leeds and published by the UK-based Centre for Low Carbon Futures, highlights China, Pakistan and Turkey as the most seriously affected major producers of wheat and maize and urges policymakers to focus attention on climate change adaptation to avert an imminent food crisis.


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Zimbabwe Needs Food Aid

Zimbabwe Needs Food Aid | Food Security | Scoop.it
The critical food situation in Zimbabwe is likely to deteriorate further and a report by the World Food Programme blames it on the political instability and a series of natural disasters.

Zimbabwe has been facing bad food insecurity since 2001. Apart from political instability, prolonged droughts leading to poor harvests have also contributed to scarcity. The report adds that high levels of food price inflation came to an end when the ruling government began doing businesses in foreign currency. However, the country needs to invest more in the agriculture sector.

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Food crisis: The rich, the poor and the hungry

Food crisis: The rich, the poor and the hungry | Food Security | Scoop.it
Two months ago, the United States Department of Agriculture forecast the biggest maize (corn) harvest in history: 376 million tons. After two months of record heat and drought in the U.S. Midwest, it has dropped its forecast to 274 million tons.
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US: Drought crop damage worsens, ethanol waiver urged

US: Drought crop damage worsens, ethanol waiver urged | Food Security | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The worst drought in more than 50 years has caused more damage than expected to corn and soybean crops, the government said on Friday, heightening calls for a suspension of ethanol...
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Leaders urged to heed global food crisis warning | ABC Radio Australia

Environmentalists say the world is on the brink of a new era of food scarcity driven by a "perfect storm" of climate change, water shortage and a rising population.

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Hunger: Eyes wide shut is no longer an option

In an exclusive interview on Thought Economics published today, CGIAR Consortium Board Chair, Carlos Perez del Castillo, joins Ertharin Cousin of WFP and economist Jeffrey Sachs to explore the scale and nature of global hunger. Thoughtful comments reiterate the gravity of this phenomenon but also look at possible solutions. All agree now is the time to act.

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G20 Plans Response to Rising Food Prices

G20 Plans Response to Rising Food Prices | Food Security | Scoop.it
G20 countries are to step in to try and co-ordinate a response to surging food prices, after the worst U.S. drought in half a century devastated crops in the world’s largest agricultural exporter, the Financial Times reports.
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US should change biofuel policy to avoid food crisis-UN

By Catherine HornbyROME, Aug 10 (Reuters) - The U.N.'s food agency stepped upthe pressure on the United States on Friday to change itsbiofuel policies because of the danger of a world food crisis,arguing...
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EU Farmers Boost Global Grain Supplies

EU Farmers Boost Global Grain Supplies | Food Security | Scoop.it
Volatile global food prices, drought in many of world's top grain-producing regions have raised food security fears, but in Suffolk, England wheat yields have been good...
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FOOD: Poor importing countries need help

FOOD: Poor importing countries need help | Food Security | Scoop.it
High cereal prices have bloated countries' food import bills in the past decade, partly because of export restrictions imposed by some governments that have squeezed supply.
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No need for panic over food prices - U.N. FAO chief

ISTANBUL, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday there was no need for panic over global food prices, with the U.S. corn crop not as weak as feared and maize and soybean exporters just beginning planting.

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Southern Africa: SADC Faces Imminent Food Crisis

Windhoek — Considerable declines in global grain production this year have prompted new fears of food shortages and an escalation in food prices similar to the 2008 crisis.

The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) indicates that global cereal production will not be sufficient to fully cover expected utilisation during 2012/13, pointing to a larger drawdown of global cereal stocks than earlier anticipated.

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has issued new warnings for the region, reporting isolated pockets of households that have run out of food harvested in the last season.

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Climate Change Severely Impacting Food Prices

Climate Change Severely Impacting Food Prices | Food Security | Scoop.it

While there are hardly any signs of substantive and forward-looking agreements being reached at the United Nations climate change conference from November 26 to December 7, 2012 in Doha, latest research cautions that impact of climate change on future food prices is being underestimated.

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Zimbabwe crops fail, hunger looms

Zimbabwe crops fail, hunger looms | Food Security | Scoop.it

Of Zimbabwe’s almost 13 million people, 1.6 million of them will require food aid, and the number is likely to grow. An estimated 1.8 million tons of maize, the staple crop, is necessary to feed Zimbabwe. But farmers unions are saying that the harvest is likely to be 1.1 million tons short. The ministry of agriculture is saying that about one third of all planted crops have failed due to the lack of irrigation and 45 percent of the maize crop must be written off. The World Food Program is preparing for a big increase in need. But the WFP’s Zimbabwe program budget of $119 million faces a shortfall of about $85 million.

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Global lenders see higher food prices but no crisis yet

Global lenders see higher food prices but no crisis yet | Food Security | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global financial lenders are advising countries to prepare for the possibility of higher food bills in the coming months, but for the moment the International Monetary Fund and World...
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What The Threat Of A Global Food Crisis Means For World Markets

What The Threat Of A Global Food Crisis Means For World Markets | Food Security | Scoop.it

The global food crisis of 2007-2008 is threatening to repeat in the coming months, as the worst drought in 50 years devastates the US corn crop, with 51% of the crop rated "Poor/very poor" by the US Department of Agriculture. This crop is said to be on a par with that of 1988 crop, the worst in the past thirty years. Note that the US is the top producer and exporter of corn. Our account for nearly half of the world's corn and also a third of the world's soybeans, the harvest for which will be the lowest in five years. The director-general of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, José Graziano da Silva, characterizes the present global food situation as "precarious," as do experts we have contacted.

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Opinion from Pakistan: Ban on biofuels can save world from food crisis

Islamabad—The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Friday said an immediate ban on biofuel production can save the world from looming food crisis which can result in massive malnutrition, starvation, and riots.

The worst drought in 50 years in the US and lack of rains in India and some other countries has left global food market highly vulnerable, it said.

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G-20 nations to discuss global food situation

G-20 nations to discuss global food situation | Food Security | Scoop.it
The G-20 and the FAO are set to convene a conference call to discuss a possible food crisis scenario in the wake of widespread drought in the US and its impact on world food supplies...
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FOOD: How bad is the crisis?

FOOD: How bad is the crisis? | Food Security | Scoop.it
Lower output forecasts for US maize and soybeans and wheat from Russia in 2012/13 have been jumped on by the international media as evidence that a food crisis is almost certainly on the way.
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African countries threatened by food crisis attempt to contain prices

African countries threatened by food crisis attempt to contain prices | Food Security | Scoop.it

In response to increased food prices, several African countries have recently reduced or removed import taxes on food staples such as cereals, sugar, and rice.

The actions by Mali, Niger and Ivory Coast reported last week are intended to stave off further price increases and the protests that could accompany them, Reuters reported. The United Nations recently warned of a crisis due to rising food prices fueled by drought and low crop harvests in large exporting nations such as the United States and Russia.

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