Global Food Security

Governments remain alert to the threat of food price volatility as unpredictable weather patterns have led to an increase in droughts, floods and hurricanes

Climate change inflates food prices

Chance of El Niño has farmers on high alert

Opinion: Food market is increasingly volatile

Governments need to close ‘sustainability gap’, says Paul McMahon

Banks’ retreat empowers commodity traders

Once-in-a-generation shift catches eye of regulators

Rising cost of breakfast leaves bitter taste

Commodity prices up 25% thanks to drought, disease and rising demand

An aerial view of houses partially submerged in flood waters from the swollen Danube River is pictured near Esztergom

El Niño warning puts farmers on alert

Weather phenomenon could affect food and energy markets

The Dubai-based hub is expected to reach a capacity of 100,000 tonnes of basmati rice this year

Indian-Saudi JV to build Dubai rice hub

Innovo to invest $27m in storage, processing and packaging unit

Grain prices forecast to fall to five-year lows

Crop harvest expected to be close to record, says USDA

Thailand rushes to sell rice stockpile

Yingluck Shinawatra faces selling crop at a loss

US retailers feel the poverty squeeze

Big grocers report falling sales because of welfare cuts

Sugar prices look to test 15 cents level

India is to subsidise exports to reduce its sugar mountain

Thailand rice subsidy scheme probed

Scheme crucial to supporters of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra

A herd of cows

Beef: varied diet

A good thing meatpackers such as Tyson Foods and JBS also have exposure to chicken

Strong rise in US jobs. German growth strengthens

US unemployment falls, uneven recovery in Germany.

India faces WTO crunch in food wrangle

Trade minister under pressure as Bali talks hang in balance

Food prices fall as record crop forecast

Global grain harvest expected to reach new highs of 1.9m tonnes

Greencore shrugs off ready meal slump

Food manufacturer counters impact of horsemeat scandal

Raj Patel

Comment: ‘Sovereignty’ is the next big idea

Countries must assert control over food supplies and some are already adopting right measures, says Raj Patel

Dairy in Asia: milk and money

Plenty of opportunities in the region’s growing taste for dairy products

Corn jumps on strong US demand forecast

Chicken farmers and biofuels refiners buy more grain, says USDA

Food prices face sting from decline in humble bee

Cost of renting hives for almond pollination threatens health products

Britons turn to cheaper, unhealthy food

Price of what we eat rising faster than cost of other goods

Thailand defends rice subsidy scheme

Cost of programme seen as undermining confidence in the economy

Coffee price slides as Latin American beans flood market

Arabica hits multiyear lows after bumper crops

Greece’s lead in fishing slips through the net

Turkey takes over in farmed fish as squeeze hits

Food bank demand triples in a year

Welfare changes beginning to bite, a charity says

Emerging markets shoppers turn to web

Consumers in poor and rich nations share inflation fears

Grain forecaster steps into shutdown void

Informa publishes details of global supply surveys for first time

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Costs surge for chocolate makers

Cocoa butter and milk prices jump

Wheat price warning as stocks decline

FAO says weather shock or demand surge could spark price reaction

Record cattle prices suggest caution

Swift retracement has followed previous sharp moves higher

Climate change a risk to food, says UN

Volatility in prices means farmers may invest less in production

Corn price slumps to three-year low

USDA data reveal end of low supplies era

Kenya price rises stir fears of backlash

Increased food costs ignite tensions over IMF-backed tax reforms

Hedge funds pile into cocoa recovery

Strong US and European demand push prices to highest in a year

Price of onions brings tears to Indian eyes

245% increase in a year creates new policy headache

Ukraine pins hopes on corn harvest

Investments in agriculture should help Kiev to diversify

China sees rising appetite for corn

Beijing increases import options for the grain

Sugar mountain lands on US government

Processors in first default on federal loans for nine years

US struggles with sugar surplus

USDA intervenes in domestic market for third time this year

Soyabean meal jumps as supply falls

Stocks poised to drop to lowest in nine years ahead of harvest