The Commodity Market Review

A summary of recent developments and policy issues relating to the World Trade Organization's new round of agricultural trade talks is a highlight of the new Commodities Market Review, FAO's annual publication on food, agricultural commodities and trade.

The publication, just released, provides an overview of the key aspects of agricultural commodity markets, including prices, export earnings and import expenditures for staple foods in developing countries. Factors that influence commodity markets, such as current global economic forecasts and international trade policies, are also examined.

Along with an examination of the current world market situation, the Review also provides a short-term forecast for 21 individual foods and agricultural commodities.

The Commodities Market Review is available in English, French and Spanish and can be ordered by contacting FAO's Sales and Marketing Group, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy; by fax at +39 (06) 5705 3360; or by email at


The Commodity Market Review, 1999-2000 (PDF version)
FAO's Commodities & Trade Division
FAO and the WTO

12 September 2000


Former Prime Minister of Japan awarded Agricola Medal

His Excellency Keizo Obuchi, the late Prime Minister of Japan, has been posthumously awarded FAO's Agricola Medal. FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf made the award at a special reception held during the 25th Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific.

The Agricola medal honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of sustainable food production and the eradication of poverty. The late Mr Obuchi was widely recognized for his strong commitment not just to the elimination of world hunger but to the promotion of peace.

The award was last presented to President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana. Other recipients include Prime Minister Jean Chrétien of Canada and King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

1 September 2000


Four new FAO Web sites

Four new Web pages have been launched on FAO's Web site.

The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has launched its own Web site in conjunction with the 25th Regional Conference. The site outlines the regional office's policies and priorities concerning food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture and rural development. It also gives details on major FAO programmes and projects in the Asia-Pacific region.

Go to the new Web site for the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP).

Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP)


The Regional Office for Latin American and the Caribbean has created a new Web site specifically dealing with non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in Latin America. The aim of the site is to strengthen ties and increase the flow of information between Latin American NGOs and CSOs and the regional office. This Spanish language Web site also offers information on events and projects for which FAO is collaborating with local organizations and provides links to other relevant sites.

Go to the FAO's Regional Office for Latin American and the Caribbean new Web site


The third new Web site provides information on FAO's activities in the field of organic agriculture. It includes discussion forums, bibliographic resources, country data, project information and meeting information. In addition, its many links guide users to other Web sites related to organic agriculture. FAO's Sustainable Development Department produced the Web site, which is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish.

Go to the new Web site on Organic Agriculture at FAO


FAO's Sustainable Development Department has also launched a Web site on biological diversity. It contains a bibliography of FAO's documentation on biological diversity for food and agriculture, an overview of multilateral agreements on agricultural biodiversity, lists of ongoing activities and links to international organizations, networks and databases. The new Web site is designed to support national, regional and international organizations involved in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity for food and agriculture. It is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish

Go to the new Web site on Biological Diversity

30 August 2000


FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific

With only 31 percent of the world's arable land, the Asia-Pacific region produces 41 percent of global cereals, 36 percent of fruit and 60 percent of vegetables. Yet almost a fifth of the region's population - 525 million people - are chronically malnourished.

High-level government delegations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations from 38 countries will be discussing these and other issues concerning agriculture, food security and rural development when FAO has its 25nd regional conference for Asia and the Pacific in Yokohama, Japan from 28 August to 1 September.

The main themes of the conference are sustainable agricultural development and poverty alleviation, implications and development of biotechnology, and follow-up to the World Food Summit..

Together with the Conference will be a regional consultation of non-governmental organizations. It aims to contribute to the development of a concrete action plan for cooperation with FAO on sustainable food security.

Go to Conference Papers
Go to web page for FAO's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

24 August 2000

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