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Category Archives: Agriculture

Global food prices are on the rise

Global food prices increased by 8% from December 2011 to March 2012, according to the World Bank Group’s Food Price Watch. This was due to higher oil prices, adverse weather conditions and a strong demand for food imports in Asia. The World Bank’s Global Food Price Index was only 1% below what it was a year ago and 6% below … Continue reading

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Higher food prices are here to stay

This is according to a new report by the OECD and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020 says that a good harvest in the coming months should push commodity prices down from the extreme levels seen earlier this year. However, the Outlook states that over the coming decade real prices for cereals could average as … Continue reading

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How can Africa’s agriculture boost development through trade?

Why has Africa become a net food importer? This was the question raised by Pascal Lamy, director general of the World Trade Organisation, at a conference entitled “Harnessing Agriculture for Development through Trade” yesterday. This conference was based on a publication produced by the CUTS International resource centre. Lamy pointed out that Africa became a net-food importer in the 1980s, … Continue reading

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Employment in EU agriculture falls 25%

Between 2000 and 2009, employment in the agricultural sector in the EU27 fell by 25%, which was the equivalent of 3.7 million full-time jobs. It fell by 17% in the EU15 (those countries in membership before 2004) and by 31% in the 12 member states (NMS12) that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007. In 2009, total employment in the … Continue reading

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