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World Bank, Donors Take Long-Term View on Food Security

April 22, 2010-Across the globe, more than 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night—a number exacerbated by the 2007-08 food price crisis.
While the global price spike is abating, grain stocks remain low and food prices are forecast to be, on average, 10-20% higher through 2018, compared to the 1997 – 2006 average. Food [...]

Chinese Demand Impact On Agri-Food Prices

The incremental demand for Agri-Food created by the largest migration of people in China into the middle class in all of history can be observed in the prices for Agri-Food. Chinese demand has changed the pricing environment for Agri-Food as has never been done in peace time. They now consume a quarter of the world’s [...]

An ETF to track global agribusiness – Powershares Global Agriculture (PSGA)

Invesco Powershares Global Agriculture is an ETF domiciled in Ireland with a principal listing on the London stockmarket. As of 17-Dec-09, the fund has delivered almost 70% performance year-to-date in US dollar terms.
The fund replicates the NASDAQ OMX Global Agriculture Index, which track the performance of the largest and most liquid companies engaged in agriculture [...]

Global recovery threatens food price surge

Conditions are ripe for a fresh surge in food prices as the global economy recovers, says the senior United Nations agriculture official.
Jacques Diouf, director-general of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), believes that the world is not doing enough to avert another food crisis. His warning comes as leaders are expected to gather in [...]

Nestlé chief hits at ‘well-fed activists’

FT.com — The chairman of Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company, has hit out at “well-fed activists” whose hostility to new food technologies was exacerbating a global food crisis by holding back agricultural productivity.
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, who is a high-profile critic of the European Union’s common agricultural policy, said that since 1990 the rate of global [...]

A fund to invest in a basic human need: Food

DWS Global Agribusiness
“That’s not new, but our idea to invest along all parts of the agribusiness chain is unique. We are the first to look all the way from the farm to fork. The global agribusiness industry is one of the fastest growing market segments and the potential of this global megatrend is enormous.
“As the [...]

Economic crisis exposes fragile global food system, new UN report says

The economic turmoil sweeping the globe has lead to a sharp spike in hunger affecting the world’s poorest, uncovering a fragile global food system requiring urgent reform, according to a report issued today by two United Nations agencies.
The combination of the food and economic crises have pushed more people into hunger, with the number of [...]

Food Experts Worry as World Population and Hunger Grow

ROME — Scientists and development experts across the globe are racing to increase food production by 50 percent over the next two decades to feed the world’s growing population, yet many doubt their chances despite a broad consensus that enough land, water and expertise exist.
The number of hungry people in the world rose to 1.02 [...]

FAO: Increased investment in agricultural research essential

Producing more food will largely depend on increasing crop yields, not farming more land – UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

25 September 2009, Rome – Boosting agricultural production to the levels needed to feed an expanded world population will require sharply increased public investment in research and development and widespread adoption of new technologies, farming [...]

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