Land cleared for oil palm plantation, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Flickr (Nanang Sujana/CIFOR)

BY: David Laborde and Simla Tokgoz, IFPRI

IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan. Photo Credit: IFPRI/David Popham

Please join us below Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM (EDT) for a livestreaming policy seminar exploring challenges and solutions for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Released today, the August edition of the FAO Monthly News Report on Grains features multiple announcements of 2015 crops exceeding weather-dampened expectations, with world grain stocks expected to hit a 29-year high according to the the International Grains Council (IGC).

Corn harvester. Photo Credit: Flickr (USDA/Lance Cheung)

Commodity prices regularly move together, despite the fact that causes of fluctuation can vary from commodity to commodity. Cross-market volatility could lower the effectiveness of diversification as a strategy for reducing price risks, so understanding the dynamics behind market interdependence and volatility transmission is critical.

BY: Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

The grains and oilseeds futures markets were down significantly following the release of USDA's August Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports.

This article is reposted with permission from farmdoc daily and is part of a farmdoc daily series on the 2014 farm bill and U.S. commitments on farm supports under the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Photo Credit: Flickr (Piero Teardo)

Additional macroeconomic variables besides trade have a role in achieving food security objectives, and history shows that excluding them from the equation can lead to ineffective or counter-productive policymaking.

This article is reposted with permission from farmdoc daily and is part of a farmdoc daily series on the implications of the 2014 farm bill for (1) U.S. commitments on farm subsidies under the current World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture and (2) current attempts to revitalize the Doha Round negotiations for new WTO trade rules.

Ongoing conflict puts Yemen at the top of the list of projected acutely food insecure populations for January 2016, according to the latest Food Assistance Outlook Brief from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).