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Bridging the gap between finance and agriculture

Agriculture and financial policies are closely linked. The economic situation of the world—and of each individual country—has a profound effect on agricultural policies, and agricultural policies, in turn, can affect a country’s economy. Thus, taking…

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Monsoon Fears Driving Food Inflation in India

The following story was originally published on IFPRI’s  Food Security Portal. India’s monsoon season is off to its weakest start in five years, sparking fears over the potential for drought and increased food prices throughout the country. During the…

Daily corn, wheat, and soybean retail prices

Is volatility contagious?

Food price volatility can present problems for an array of stakeholders, including countries managing their export portfolios, commodity traders, and especially farmers, as unpredictable prices may result in variable income and…

Produce for sale at local market in Malawi.

Higher food prices are good for the poor... in the long run

Note: A modified version of this story  originally appeared on Dani Rodrik’s weblog  on March 28, 2014. Since the poor spend a greater share of their household incomes on purchasing food, higher food prices must exacerbate poverty, right? Wrong... at…


Surging Onion Prices in Bangladesh

The following is an excerpted version of a  story originally published on the IFPRI South Asia website. Onion prices have reached all-time high, not only in India but also in Bangladesh, and it’s mostly pinching the pockets of the country’s low-income…


Commentary- High food prices and dietary quality: Who pays?

This post  by Howarth Bouis, Director of HarvestPlus, which is coordinated by IFPRI and  CIAT, is part of a series produced by  The Chicago Council on Global Affairs  marking the occasion of its annual  Global Food Security Symposium  in Washington, D.C.,…


The Hidden Costs of US and EU Farm Subsidies

The world food situation continues to be vulnerable. A series of weather-related shocks in 2012—including severe droughts in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the United States—contributed to global food prices remaining high for a fifth consecutive…