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A development policy opting exclusively for value chain development and the integration of producers in modern markets overlooks the reality for the majority of smallholders, our author maintains. Policy should pay…

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Contract farming agreements are forward contracts specifying the obligations of two business partners: the sellers’ (farmers’) promise to supply and the buyers’ (processors’/ traders’) promise to off-take agricultural…

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For a long time, speculators only played a minor role on the commodities markets.

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Price volatility is increasing on the global agricultural commodity markets.

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Biofuel production has been one of the factors behind the 2007–08 food crisis (Headey and Fan 2010). Between 2000 and 2007, 30 percent of cereal price increases were due to biofuel expansion (Rosegrant, 2008). Rising…

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For more than a century, world agriculture has produced ever more food for ever more humans at ever declining prices. The turn of the millennium marks

a mega-trend reversal in international agricultural markets. Since…

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Food speculation is ubiquitous. Systemic benefits from risk sharing between farmers and financial speculators have to be weighed against the resulting high price volatility and the possible emergence of price bubbles. A…

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The price hike of 2010/2011 is now the second one to have severely affected African countries and their many poor people since the global food price increases of 2007/2008. The following article looks at its extent and…

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In Asia, grain prices continue to reach high levels. However, the impact of international trends varies from country to country. Limited supply response to the price hike points to structural weaknesses in the food…

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In response to structural food insecurity in Tajikistan, in May and June 2011 Welthungerhilfe and the local Advisory Information Network surveyed

300 households in that country’s major wheat growing area. The aim was to…

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