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Price Volatility in Agricultural Markets - Evidence, impact on food security and policy responses

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    Recent bouts of extreme price volatility in global agricultural markets portend rising and more frequent threats to world food security. A new Policy Brief of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization argues that countries should improve market functioning and equip themselves better to cope with the adverse effects of extreme volatility. Apart from improving global safety nets, countries can lower their vulnerability by raising agricultural productivity for a diverse set of crops that proves both competitive and sustainable, as well as by promoting dietary diversification.

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    Paper provided by Economic and Social Development Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in its series FAO - Economic and Social Perspectives with number 12EN.

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    Length: 2 pages
    Date of creation: 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:fao:pbrief:12en

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    Keywords: rural development; hunger; food security; economic crisis; prices; agriculture;

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