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Global Food Prices Surge, Say Latest FAO and AMIS Reports

Feb 10th, 2021 • by S. Gustafson

The FAO Food Price Index continued its upward climb in January. The Index rose 4.3 percent from December 2020 to reach the highest monthly level seen since July 2014. As in previous months, cereal, vegetable oil, and sugar prices were behind the rapidly mounting prices.

 

Global perspectives on agricultural development: New IFPRI book released

Feb 1st, 2021 • by Keijiro Otsuka and Shenggen Fan

While agricultural development has long been linked to increased food production and availability, improved farming productivity, and increased incomes for small farmers, the changing global landscape has resulted in agriculture playing a larger role in many other areas of human well-being, including reducing poverty, providing adequate nutrition, improving environmental sustainability, and promoting equity and equality among genders.

Forman Lecture: Ellen Piwoz’s playbook for the future of global nutrition

Jan 23rd, 2021 • by Francesca Edralin

When Ellen Piwoz joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2007, the global nutrition field seemed to be struggling. The community “lacked a common narrative and agenda for action,” she said. It was also difficult to engage outsiders who did not understand the nutrition community’s techno-speak, and the field was also critically underfunded with a narrow donor base. 

December gains drive FAO Food Price Index to three-year high

Jan 9th, 2021 • by S. Gustafson

Food prices, as reflected in the FAO Food Price Index, rose to a three-year high in 2020. While the Index closed the year 3.1 percent higher than 2019, however, it remained well below the peak seen in 2011.

In addition to this year-on-year increase, the December Food Price Index also showed a rise of 2.2 percent from November.  This marked the seventh straight monthly increase in food prices.