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FAO Food price index (FFPI)

Year: 2009 Author: Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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The current world food crisis is the result of the combined effects of competition for cropland from the growth in biofuels, low cereal stocks, high oil prices, speculation in food markets and extreme weather events. The crisis has resulted in a several-fold increase in several central commodity prices, driven 110 million people into poverty and added 44 million more to the already undernourished. Information on the role and constraints of the environment in increasing future food production is urgently needed. While food prices are again declining, they still widely remain above 2004 levels.
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An increasing number of countries are leasing land abroad to sustain and secure their food production
Biofuels production 2005, by country (ethanol and biodiesel)
Possible individual ranges of yield and cropland area losses by 2050
Potential for cropland expansion
Selected drought events in Africa, 1981-1999, and livestock impacts
Trends in productivity 1981-2003 (greening and land degradation)
Trends in urban and rural populations, less developed regions, 1960-2030 (estimates and projections)
Trends in world agricultural exports