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  1. April 11, 2014

    Population growth in sub-Saharan Africa raises food supply alarm

    When Harry Harrison published Make Room!, Make Room! in 1966 – a dystopian vision of an overpopulated world of 7bn people...

  2. November 20, 2013

    Food policy: experts call for an end to waste

    Eighteen centuries ago, Tertullian, a Christian writer from north Africa, wrote: “Our numbers are burdensome to the world,...

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  1. The Future of the Food Industry

    The global population is expected to increase by 2bn people by 2050. The prospect of f...
  2. The Business of Global Food Security

    As evidence mounts that climate change will affect crop yields, what can businesses, g...
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  1. September 25, 2013

    From Thailand to Ecuador: A tale of two shrimp farmers

    Driven to despair by a plague that has laid to waste young shrimps across east Asia, Suraphol Pratuangtham, a seafood farmer...

  2. June 18, 2013

    Global fish prices leap to all-time high

    Global fish prices have leapt to all-time highs as China’s growing appetite for high-end species – from tuna to oysters –...

  3. June 6, 2013

    China’s appetite for food imports to fuel agribusiness M&A

    China is set to become more dependent on imported grains, oilseeds and meat during the next 10 years, a development that is...

  4. March 25, 2012

    UN moves to curb farmland grabs

    The UN has proposed that countries set limits on the size of agriculture land sales to regulate the growing trend of...

  5. March 19, 2012

    Rising food prices hard to stomach

    Rising oil prices are attracting the attention of inflation-worried investors. But lurking in the background is an even...

  6. March 5, 2012

    Rising Asia demand underpins tea price

    The tea price is likely to stay buoyant, says the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in a report, supported by...

  7. February 23, 2012

    Gates attacks ‘outdated’ UN food agencies

    Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder turned philanthropist, has broken a taboo in the development community by publicly...

  8. January 25, 2012

    Feeding the 9bn

    The good news is that the world’s farmers are set for bumper crops this year. Global wheat stocks are at their highest in 12...

  9. January 12, 2012

    Food inflation abates as grain stocks rise

    The threat of food inflation, a serious concern for emerging countries last year, is starting to recede as high prices for...

  10. December 28, 2011

    Population trends

    Poor Thomas Malthus. The 18th-century theorist, who believed that population increases would inevitably be checked, must...

  11. November 20, 2011

    Agencies told to trim back or lose aid

    The international development secretary is threatening to drop Unesco and the Food and Agriculture Organisation from...

  12. November 13, 2011

    Agriculture sector offers up opportunities and ethical issues

    The invisible hand of the market may eventually solve the problem of food supply in an overpopulated world, but investors...

  13. November 3, 2011

    Food prices to remain volatile, says UN

    Agricultural commodities prices are expected to remain at high levels well into 2012, the UN’s Food and Agriculture...

  14. October 28, 2011

    Water: smart ways to reduce stress levels

    While climate change and carbon reduction have attracted the most attention, global water stress is emerging as a more...

  15. October 23, 2011

    FAO cautious on drop in food prices

    For food and drink companies more accustomed to battling input inflation, the 5.3 per cent drop in food prices – as measured...

  16. October 13, 2011

    Prices: Market forces may have the effect of stifling supply

    At a time of record demand, farmers would be expected to plant ever more cereals. But unstable prices are making it harder...

  17. October 10, 2011

    UN says food prices to remain high

    Food commodity prices are likely to stay high and volatile during the next few years because of rising demand, more frequent...

  18. June 28, 2011

    FAO’s new chief defends biofuels

    The new head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned against “demonising” biofuels, in a reversal of the...

  19. June 26, 2011

    Father of Brazilian food programme to lead FAO

    The father of Brazil’s much-praised Zero Hunger programme has been elected the next head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture...

  20. June 23, 2011

    Food security drives race to lead UN body

    When Jacques Diouf sought re-election as the chief of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation for a third term...

  21. June 23, 2011

    Food price volatility

    A new topic has entered the global debate on food policy: price volatility. The first-ever G20 farm ministers’ conference in...

  22. June 17, 2011

    Decade of soaring food prices forecast

    The world should prepare for a decade of high food prices, two leading organisations warned on Friday as they raised their...

  23. June 7, 2011

    G20 targets volatile food prices

    The G20 group of leading nations is to launch an attempt to reduce price volatility in agricultural commodities by collating...

  24. June 7, 2011

    FAO expects food prices to remain high

    Agricultural commodities prices are set to remain high for the rest of the year, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation...

  25. June 3, 2011

    No soft option for investors

    As the world population grows and large numbers – such as in China and Brazil – move out of poverty, demand for food...

  26. March 6, 2011

    Biotech groups see modified crop boost

    Leading groups say that rising food prices could change attitudes towards genetically modified seeds The surge in food...

  27. March 3, 2011

    IMF warns food prices to stay high

    The world faces a prolonged period of high food prices, the International Monetary Fund has warned, arguing that the main...

  28. February 14, 2011

    Why the FAO needs nuance

    With global agricultural markets on the edge after a string of bad crops, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has...

  29. February 3, 2011

    Bad weather sends food prices to fresh high

    Global food prices hit a record high last month, surpassing the levels seen during the 2007-08 food crisis, the UN said on...

  30. February 2, 2011

    Food prices rise to fresh record high

    Global food prices hit a fresh record high last month, surpassing the levels seen during the 2007-08 food crisis, the United...

  31. January 24, 2011

    McDonald’s profits rise despite soft winter sales

    McDonald’s, the US fast food chain, said on Monday that it may have to raise prices at its restaurants this year as it...

  32. January 16, 2011

    Argentina’s dry spell trims harvest

    Far from bringing catastrophic flooding, in Argentina La Niña has triggered hot, dry conditions that, along with a...

  33. January 12, 2011

    World moves closer to food price shock

    Blue skies: the US revision to expected harvests leaves no further room for weather problems The world has moved a step...

  34. January 12, 2011

    Corn and soyabeans surge on US forecasts

    The world has moved a step closer to a food price shock after the US government surprised traders by cutting stock forecasts...

  35. January 7, 2011

    Farmers wanted

    Food prices are rising again, but the world need not panic – yet. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, we are...

  36. January 5, 2011

    UN body warns of ‘food price shock’

    The world faces a “food price shock”, the Food and Agricultural Organisation has warned after its benchmark index of...

  37. January 5, 2011

    Global food prices hit record high

    Food prices hit a record high last month, surpassing the levels seen during the 2007-08 crisis, the UN’s Food and...

  38. November 17, 2010

    Fears of new food crisis as prices soar

    The bill for global food imports will top $1,000bn this year for the second time ever, putting the world “dangerously close”...

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