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17 Oct 2011 description

This bulletin covers 66 countries for the period July to September 2011 (Q3-2011). It examines trends in staple food prices, fuel prices, cost of the food basket, terms of trade and consumer price index (CPI) at the country level. Price data are now available at http://foodprices.vam.wfp.org. This issue also focuses on the current humanitarian crisis in Somalia and its implications.


Global trends

30 Apr 2009 description

Executive summary

The food crisis of 2008 provoked a strong coordinated response from the world community and exposed fundamental problems in the agrofood sector, which continue. Prices remain high in many domestic markets of developing countries, and the risk of future volatility persists. The present economy-wide crisis creates severe economic and social difficulties, which aggravate agricultural problems and the food situation -particularly for least-developed countries and small farmers - and which require stronger actions.

31 Oct 2005 description

AFRICA: In eastern Africa, despite improved outlook for current season crops in several countries, more than 18 million people are in need of food assistance. In western Africa, notwithstanding improved harvest prospects generally in the Sahel, the food security situation is still of concern notably in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. In Southern Africa, food insecurity is worsening for an estimated 12 million people due to reduced harvests in 2005, escalating food prices and rising energy costs.