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Global Food Prices Stabilise

The Food and Agricultural Organization’s Food Price Index rose one per cent to 234 points in June 2011. This is 39 per cent higher than in June 2010, but remains four per cent below its all-time high of 238 points in February this year. International sugar prices were behind much of the increase. The sugar...

Ethiopia: New Plans for Hydroelectric Production

Background On 29 June 2011, the Ethiopia Electric Power Corporation announced that it would build four hydroelectric dams on the Nile River. The major hydroelectric dam project is part of a plan to spend $4.5 billion to raise power generating capability. The project will be in addition to the Grand Renaissance dam, which is also...

New Report Highlights Food Security Challenges for Gulf States

Background A report by Alphen Capital into the food industries of the countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), was published in late June. It estimates that, due to population growth and increased per capita income, food consumption will reach 51.5 million tonnes by 2015, up from 40 million tonnes currently. Comment Food imports into...

WA Liberal Party Food Security Vision

Background Food security was the focus of the Western Australian Liberal Party’s Forrest Division annual conference, held in Margaret River on 17-18 June 2011. The Conference was attended by WA Premier Colin Barnett and several other Government Ministers and parliamentarians. The “show of force” highlighted the growing awareness and concern in the Party about ensuring...

Successful Food Security Action Needs Private Sector Support

Background An action plan on food price volatility and food security was agreed at the recent meeting of G20 Agriculture Ministers in Paris on 22-23 June 2011. The 56 point action plan will be submitted to the G20 leaders’ summit in November 2011. Comment At the G20 Summit, the agriculture ministers stressed that strong global...

Draft Agreement Promises Positive Outlook for Bangladesh Water Security

Background High-level talks between India and Bangladesh in June this year herald a timely agreement on the subject of sharing water from the Teesta River. The agreement represents an important gain for Bangladeshi water security and sets a positive precedent for future water-sharing arrangements. Comment India and Bangladesh have been trying to resolve the question...

Indonesian Beef Price Rises, while Export Ban gives Northern Australian Farmers Power to Negotiate

Background The ban on cattle exports to Indonesia will hit the Indonesian hip pocket and highlights the insecure state of Indonesia’s beef industry. Almost all of the beef Indonesia imports comes from Australia. The export ban will hasten Indonesia’s desire to obtain self-sufficiency, to such an extent that when the ban is lifted there may...

Action Call on Pending Global Water Crisis

Background A new panel is being established to address a serious void in leadership on global water issues. Twenty former heads of government from around the world met in Quebec City, Canada, on 31 May to consider the world water crisis. While several recommendations were adopted, implementation may be hampered because of the absence from...

E.Coli Outbreak Undermines European Food Security

Background The recent E.Coli outbreak across Europe, which has resulted in as many as 22 deaths, illustrates some of the many challenges to food security in a globalised world. Food security is not just an issue of quantity and availability but also of quality. It is a problem that is also faced by the developed...

Fear for Riots after New Food Price Highs

Background On 19 May 2011, the Chicago Board of Trade indicated that wheat futures rose to US$8.17 per bushel – a 91 per cent increase in less than a year. It is feared that riots in developing countries will be a consequence of the rising food prices. This is not necessarily the end of the...

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