November 2011: Year 2, Issue 8
Global food prices remain high and volatile, but growing food supplies and a lackluster economy may improve the situation in coming months.
August 2011: Year 2, Issue 7
Global food prices remain near their peak levels from 2008 and domestic food prices continue to fluctuate widely, putting the poorest people at greater risk.
April 2011: Year 2, Issue 6
Poor people in poorer countries are facing higher food inflation. We need urgent policies and actions to minimize the burden on the poor.
February 2011: Year 2, Issue 5
The World Bank's food price index increased by 15 percent between October 2010 and January 2011 and is only 3 percent below its 2008 peak. Estimates of those who fall into, and move out of, poverty as a result of price rises since June 2010 show there is a net increase in extreme poverty of about 44 million people in low- and middle-income countries.
December 2010: Year 1, Issue 4
The World Bank food price index rose by 17% between August and November 2010 and is now 11% below its June 2008 peak in nominal terms and 8% below the peak in real terms. Adverse weather conditions in major cereal producing countries have contributed to price rises for wheat, maize and rice.
September 2010: Year 1, Issue 3
In the first six months of 2010, global staple grain prices were on a downward trend. While in many countries staple food prices remained stable, staple prices still increased sharply in some countries with high levels of poverty.
May 2010: Year 1, Issue 2
Analysis of domestic staple food price data since 2006 suggests that food price volatility is a growing concern. In recent months domestic food prices have risen sharply in South Asia and in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, even though global grain prices have declined over the past year.
February 2010: Year 1, Issue 1
While the global focus on food prices has waned, domestic staple food prices in several countries have experienced double digit increases in 2009, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. This issue highlights countries where such increases are most significant and estimate that the impact on undernourishment, or hunger, has been as much as 8% in 2009.