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13 Oct 2010 description

Authors: Steve Wiggins, Julia Compton and Sharada Keats

The issue of rising food prices came to international attention in early 2008. This document answers the following questions about the crisis and responses to it:

  • What has happened to food prices and why?
  • Why are food prices important & where can we find them?
  • How have countries and the international community responded?
  • The future

27 May 2010 description
  • World still in jeopardy of another food crisis

    * U.S. moving ahead with implementation of L'Aquila plan

    * U.S. seeking cooperation with EU and other donors

    By Bate Felix

    BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters) - A top U.S. official said on Thursday global food prices could soar again if countries don't cooperate to increase food production especially in developing countries.

    Ertharin Cousin, U.S.

13 Apr 2010 description
report World Bank

FAITS ET CHIFFRES

>1,1 milliard de personnes vivaient avec moins de 1 dollar par jour et 923 millions étaient mal nourris, avant même que les crises alimentaire, énergétique et financière ne commencent.

> Les prix alimentaires restent instables. Dans de nombreux pays, les prix locaux des aliments n'ont pas baissé, même si les prix ont chuté au niveau international.

> Lorsque les prix alimentaires sont élevés, les gens pauvres sont forcés soit de manger moins, soit de se rabattre sur des aliments moins chers et de moindre qualité, soit encore de renoncer aux dépenses …

13 Apr 2010 description
report World Bank

FOOD CRISIS FACTS & FIGURES

> 1.1 billion people were living on less than $1 a day and 923 million were undernourished, even before the food, fuel and financial crises.

> Food prices remain volatile.

11 Mar 2010 description

United States Government Accountability Office

Report to Congressional Committees

GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY

Highlights of GAO-10-352, a report to congressional committees

What GAO Found

The U.S. government supports a wide variety of programs and activities for global food security, but lacks readily available comprehensive data on funding. In response to GAO's data collection instrument to 10 agencies, 7 agencies reported funding for global food security in fiscal year 2008 (see figure below) based on the working definition GAO developed for this purpose with agency input.