Food price rises: Global smiles, regional frowns?

 

 

 

The March 2009 issue of Collective Action News revisits the issue of food price trends in the region and notes a divergence between global and regional trends.The authors in their latest report examine trends for a number of commodities, but maize is the one that currently provides the most clues for why regional prices appear to be only loosely coupled to global trends.

Even as the general trend is one of rising prices in the region, the charts show that there are considerable differences among countries. The observed pattern reinforces the earlier message that promoting regional trade and a better integrated regional market holds promise for addressing the food price crisis still stalking the region…Read more

The full report can be accessed at http://www.asareca.org/resources/reports/resp2food_pr_main.pdf or by contacting either j.karugia@cgiar.org or m.waithaka@asareca.org the lead authors of the report.


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