Food price index at record high

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has just released figures which show that their Food Price Index reached a record level in December, after rising for six consecutive months. The index measures a basket of food prices which is made up of meat, sugar, dairy, cereals and oilseeds. In December this index reached 214.7, compared to 206 in November … Continue reading

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Number of hungry people still ‘unacceptably high’

Yesterday, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said that the number of hungry people in the world remains unacceptably high despite expected recent gains that have pushed the figure below 1 billion. The new estimate of the number of people who will suffer chronic hunger this year is 925 million — 98 … Continue reading

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