More to do on measuring hunger

Joachim De Weerdt, Kathleen Beegle, Jed Friedman, John Gibson, 18 February 2014

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One of the first Millennium Development Goals is to reduce hunger by half between 1990 and 2015. To date, the global hunger count has fallen slightly, from 1 billion in 1990–1992 to 870 million in 2010–2012 (Food and Agriculture Organization 2013). As a proportion of the world’s population, this is just a one-third fall in the hunger rate, from 19% to 13%.

Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: Africa, development, food, hunger, measurement error, Millennium Development Goals, Poverty, surveys, Tanzania

Do food prices respond to oil-price shocks?

Christiane Baumeister, Lutz Kilian, 30 November 2013

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Increases in agricultural commodity prices and food prices in recent years have raised concerns among policymakers about a global food shortage.

Topics: Global economy
Tags: biofuel, Commodity prices, ethanol, food, oil, Poverty

Africa can help feed Africa: Removing barriers to regional trade in food staples

Paul Brenton, 8 January 2013

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Africa is not achieving its potential in food trade.

Growing demand for food in Africa is increasingly being met by imports from the global market. This, coupled with rising global food prices, is leading to ever mounting food import bills. Clearly something has to change. Business as usual with regard to food staples in Africa is not sustainable.

Topics: International trade
Tags: Africa, food, trade

New challenges in food and agricultural trade

Tim Josling interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam, 9 Oct 2009

Tim Josling of Stanford University talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about emerging challenges for the world trading system around trade in food and agriculture – including price volatility, the emergence of private food standards and the future of farm policies in developed countries. The interview was recorded in Geneva at the inaugural Thinking Ahead on International Trade conference in September 2009.

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Topics: Development, International trade
Tags: Agriculture, farming policies, food, price volatility, Thinking Ahead on International Trade

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