A new report published on Tuesday by Oxfam and the Institute of Development Studies on the impact of rising food prices “shows that the overall impact of the 2011 food price spike seems to be a ratcheting up of inequality, producing a pattern of ‘weak losers and strong winners,'” Duncan Green, Oxfam GB’s head of research, and Naomi Hossain, a research fellow in the Participation, Power and Social Change team at IDS, write in a post on the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog.”
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G20 Agriculture Ministers To Discuss Curbing Volatile Food Prices As World Bank Launches Food Price Hedging Tool
“G20 farm ministers meet in Paris on Wednesday to review steps to curb food price volatility amid doubts France will win unanimous backing for a cornerstone proposal to tighten regulation for commodity markets,” Reuters reports.
“John Kufuor of Ghana and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil won the $250,000 World Food Prize for cutting hunger in half while serving as president of their nations, the prize organizers announced on Tuesday,” Reuters reports.
“In the last few years, funding of agriculture has slowly been increasing after a generation of decline in investment in the sector, but not fast enough. In the L’Aquila pledge, the G8 made commitments to food security in 2009 of $20 billion. The G8 accountability report 2011 states that the group has already disbursed 22% of the money it pledged, and a further 26% is on the way,” Lucy Muchoki, CEO of the Pan-African Agribusiness Consortium and a spokesperson for Farming First, writes in a Guardian “Poverty Matters Blog” post.
In a post on the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize, discusses the impact of witnessing how road development influenced the introduction of “miracle rice” in Vietnam.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, president of Brazil from 2002 to 2010, outlines priorities in the battle to end global hunger in a Guardian opinion piece.
Valerie Amos, head of the U.N. Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, on Friday “plead[ed] with international donors to overlook political difficulties in the face of a humanitarian crisis” in North Korea, where she said it is estimated six million people are in danger of not getting enough to eat, Agence France-Presse reports.
Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, outlines five priorities for G20 leaders to endorse at the upcoming summit in a Guardian “Poverty Matters Blog” post.
In a Guardian opinion piece, Lael Brainard, under-secretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury, writes about the importance of funding the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and investing in small farmers in the developing world.
Food prices are likely to continue to rise over the next decade, “putting the poor at an increasing risk of malnutrition and hunger,” according to a joint report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Associated Press/Washington Post reports (6/17).