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Friday, 14 October 2011

Food Prices set to rise further

Food price volatility featuring high prices is likely to continue and probably increase next year, making poor farmers even more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity, the global report on food insecurity released Monday by the United Nations' three Rome-based food agencies predicts.

Small, import-dependent countries, particularly in Africa, are especially at risk. "Many of them still face severe problems following the world food and economic crises of 2006-2008," the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in preface to The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2011 (SOFI).

"The main reason for increased price volatility is that supply production cannot catch up with demand", FAO senior economist George Rapsomanikis told IPS. "What is happening is that we have a steady increase in demand, mainly due to increase in the population, and also a change in the diet of population in emerging economies who are gradually changing their diets, including more meat and more grain."

Source: IPS News