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More than 11 million Ethiopians face severe food shortages

30 December 2002 -- Severe food shortages threaten 11 million Ethiopians with starvation.

That sounds good... how do you cook it?

23 December 2002 -- Many traditional products from around the world have made their way into grocery stores. An FAO website offers a variety of original recipes for close to 1 000 of these traditional products.

Food for thought: Education for rural people

18 December 2002 -- Education is a vital tool in the fight against hunger. FAO rural education expert Lavinia Gasperini explains how illiteracy and hunger are interlinked and explores the challenges of reaching out to rural people.

FAO ships fishing gear to war-affected southern Sudan

18 December 2002 -- A barge steaming its way along the Sobat River is currently distributing fishing gear and seeds to the suffering population in war-affected southern Sudan. For the first time in many years, FAO is now able to reach the most vulnerable in these previously inaccessibale areas.

Humanitarian crisis deepening: Some 40 million face severe food shortages in sub-Saharan Africa

17 December 2002 -- Across sub-Saharan Africa 25 countries and almost 40 million people are threatened by serious food shortages, caused mostly by drought and civil strife.

NEPAD, ADB and FAO Meeting in Abuja

12 December 2002 -- Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, welcomes the NEPAD Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme which will enable Africa to meet its full agricultural potential through the implementation of infrastructure programmes.

Livestock vaccination campaign in Afghanistan - Rabies threat

12 December 2002 -- A national livestock vaccination campaign targeting more than 5 million farm animals is going on in Afghanistan. The campaign will be finished by the end of this year

Rehabilitation of small roads in DR Congo

11 December 2002 -- Rehabilitation of small roads will shortly start in some parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The future of regional food security and agriculture in Africa

9 December 2002 -- A better coordination between regional economic organizations and the agriculture development programme of NEPAD will help relaunch Africa's agricultural sector.

Livestock survey started in Afghanistan

3 December 2002 -- A national livestock census has started in Afghanistan. More than 30 000 villages and farming communities will be visited over the coming months to provide detailed information on the number of animals and livestock production practices.

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger

2 December 2002 -- Some 4,500 school-children from across Rome took centre-stage in a colourful award ceremony as part of "Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger," an educational programme aimed at galvanising young people's energy in the fight against hunger.

Angola: Malnutrition remains high

2 December 2002 -- In Angola, the food situation of a large number of displaced people gives serious cause for concern. The number of people in need of emergency food aid has been increased to 1.9 million from 1.42 million in May.

"Food is the first medicine for AIDS"

29 November 2002 -- With better diets, poor farmers with AIDS could extend their lives long enough to pass on crucial skills to their children, says FAO on the occasion of World AIDS Day. The message comes at a time when an estimated 14 million people in southern Africa face starvation.

Cleaning out rinderpest's last reserves

20 November 2002 -- How a determined coalition of government, international organizations and cattle herders cleaned out three of the last reserves of the deadly rinderpest virus in Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen.

Global rinderpest now reduced to one area, but risks breaking out, FAO warns

20 November 2002 -- A global campaign against the devastating livestock disease rinderpest has pushed the virus into a last hiding place in southern Somalia and northeast Kenya.

Democratic Republic of Congo - a forgotten emergency

19 November 2002 -- In the Democratic Republic of Congo more than half the population goes hungry, and people's ability to cope has been stretched to the limit by years of conflict. Yet only a quarter of the amount requested by FAO via the UN Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal 2002 came through. Lack of help and international attention is making the Democratic Republic of Congo one of the world's forgotten emergencies.

Angola: peace brings attention and help

19 November -- Of 21 countries in the UN Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal 2002, Angola was one of the few to receive almost the whole amount requested for agricultural assistance. This was due in part to extensive media coverage.

17 crisis countries and regions urgently in need of assistance

19 November -- FAO appeals for a total of around US$88.5 million to carry out agriculture relief aid in 17 crisis countries and regions in 2003. FAO is responsible for the agricultural part of the UN Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeals.

Poor farmers in Afghanistan receive seeds and fertilizer

ROME/KABUL, 18 November -- FAO distributes seeds and fertilizers to poor farmers in Afghanistan.

Building a booming fisheries sector step by step

13 November -- Namibia has built a booming fisheries industry from scratch since independence in 1990. FAO guided the country's efforts to manage stocks sustainably and share proceeds equitably.

Increasing food production not sufficient to combat hunger

11 November -- Increasing agricultural production is not enough to fight hunger in developing countries, jobs and access to markets are also essential, says FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf.

Towards further cooperation - FAO-NGOs and Civil Society Organizations

FAO Director-General urges increased FAO cooperation with NGOs and other civil society organization to fight hunger.

Hold back the desert with Conservation Agriculture

6 November -- Conservation Agriculture can increase production and prevent desertification - even in the most fragile environments

United States signs International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

6 November -- The United States becomes the 78th country to sign the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture - aimed at protecting and promoting the planet's plant genetic diversity.

Partnership formed to improve cassava, staple food of 600 million people

5 November -- New Global Partnership will invest in the genetic improvement of Cassava, a root crop eaten by some 600 million people in tropical countries around the world.

New Code of Conduct on Pesticides adopted

4 November -- A new 'International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides' should significantly reduce the threats posed by agro-chemicals in developing countries.

Returning exiles reap a rich harvest

30 October -- After 14 years of absence because of armed conflict, a community has returned to its homeland in the Peruvian Andes and is learning again how to cultivate the land. FAO's TeleFood campaign is helping them.

Seeds needed now in Southern Africa, UN food agencies warn

29 October -- FAO and WFP urge the international community to fund the purchase of seeds and other inputs urgently needed by farmers to avoid further worsening of the food crisis in Southern Africa next year.

Intellectual property law, genetic resources and GMOs: on the agenda at FAO

28 October -- Genetic resources and intellectual property rights were top of the agenda during a recent meeting of the Commission on Genetic Resources in Rome, where experts also discussed safeguarding biodiversity and ensuring biosecurity.

FAO renews its appeal to donors for Southern Africa and Afghanistan

21 October -- Appeal to International Community for aid to Southern African and Afghanistan where severe food shortages and famine threaten millions.

Aquaculture comes of age in Saudi Arabia

21 October -- Saudi Arabia's Fish Farming Centre is paving the way for the private sector to produce fish for the national and international markets. The Centre, founded with FAO's help, conducts research and tests fish raising systems suitable for local conditions.

Pavarotti TeleFood concert raises US dollars 220 000 for FAO's fight against world hunger

17 October -- World famous Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti lends his voice to FAO in a sell-out Telefood concert in Monaco and manages to raise awareness - and funds.

World Food Day observed in some 150 countries

16 October -- Water: source of food security was the theme of World Food Day 2002. President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela delivered the keynote address at FAO headquarters.

What the new figures on hunger mean

Rome, 15 October -- Hartwig de Haen, FAO Assistant Director-General, comments on the new report The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2002.

Progress in reducing hunger has virtually halted

15 October -- FAO has launched the 2002 edition of the annual publication "The State of Food Insecurity in the World." FAO estimates that there were around 840 million hungry people in 1998-2000, 799 million in the developing countries, 30 million in the countries in transition and 11 million in the industrialized countries.

Feature: FAO in Venezuela

Venezuela is channeling its rich oil resources in new directions, working with FAO to create a broad program of rural development. This feature was written for the visit of President Hugo Chavez, guest of honor at the 2002 World Food Day celebrations in Rome.

Besieged mountain ecosystems start to turn off the tap

14 October -- Mountain ecosystems, which provide much of the world's freshwater, are under attack as never before by global warming, mining and unstainable forestry and agricultural practices. FAO warns about potential impact on agriculture and food security

World Food Day 2002: FAO calls attention to the vital role of water in agriculture

11 October -- This year's World Food Day theme, "Water: source of food security", stresses the essential role of water in food production for a growing global population.

Growing vegetables, cultivating minds

8 October -- In a TeleFood-sponsored school garden in Villa El Salvador, Peru, students harvest their first vegetables. The results are far better than what was expected and many more schools could benefit from the programme.

Drought hits Eritrea's harvest

3 October -- Prolonged drought seriously affects agricultural and livestock production in Eritrea. FAO/WFP report says the lives of more than a million people are threatened.

Jacques Diouf on 2002 World Food Summit

1 October -- Progress in the fight against hunger has been too slow to meet the 1996 summit target. Success will depend on mobilizing sufficient resources now. This interview with FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf on the 2002 'World Food Summit: five years later' was first published by the International Food Policy Research Institute in the newsletter 'News and Views'.

Governments to consider action on highly toxic insecticide

30 September -- International conference decides whether all formulations of monocrotophos should be added to a list of 26 pesticides and five industrial chemicals subject to the prior informed consent procedure under the Rotterdam Convention.

New lake, new thinking in Burkina Faso

24 September -- An innovative FAO programme teaches African villagers not only how to increase fish production, but also to manage their own natural resources. Burkina Faso fishers recount stories about these new and sometimes perilous activities.

Modern communication technologies push agriculture into new domains where access to information is essential, FAO says

23 September -- A high-level Consultation on Agricultural Information Management (COAIM) brings together at FAO headquarters (23-25 September 2002) major players in all the relevant fields of agricultural information. Among other issues, discussions will focus on how to close the "digital divide".

Bridging the rural digital divide

20 September -- Bridging the information gap is not just about technologies - it is a political matter of making information more accessible

Alarming food situation in Ethiopia: FAO proposes six emergency projects

19 September -- The food situation in several parts of Ethiopia remains alarming. FAO therefore launched a new aid appeal for US$1.9 million in support of six emergency projects.

First, find your fish

18 September -- Inland fisheries account for about 15 percent of world fisheries production, mostly in the developing world. Geographic information systems can help countries make the most of scarce information about fish stocks.

Stockpiles of obsolete pesticides in Africa higher than expected

18 September -- Levels of toxic waste from obsolete pesticides in Africa prove higher than previously thought.

State of Food and Agriculture 2002 examines carbon sequestration and agriculture's role in providing global public goods

17 September 2002 --FAO issues annual report on The State of Food and Agriculture 2002

UN Food and Agriculture Organization and Luciano Pavarotti team up to fight hunger

16 September 2002 -- World renowned opera singer lends his voice to fight hunger at concert in at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum on 12 October.

Eastern Edens - the once and future gardens of Afghanistan

10 August -- Building on centuries of traditional horticulture, FAO is working to re-establish the country's nursery orchards

Cameroon and Egypt sign the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources, bringing total signatories to 58 countries and the European Community

5 September -- Fifty-eight countries and the European Community have now signed the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Now on stage: lessons of life and agriculture

4 September - A rural drama initiative in Egypt teaches farmers techniques for raising crops in a more sustainable way -- lessons that carry over to raising families

Director-General urges countries to think carefully before rejecting GM food aid

30 August - Statement by the Director-General on GM food aid

Hunger and poverty: More political will and financial resources needed

30 August - Statement at the World Summit on Sustainable Developement (WSSD) in Johannesburg by Dr. Jacques Diouf

UN statement on the use of GM foods as food aid in Southern Africa

27 August - Joint UN/FAO/WFP/WHO statement on donations of foods for use in southern Africa, some of which contain genetically modified organisms.

Hunger and poverty need to be reduced to achieve sustainable development

27 August -- As long as millions of people are still suffering from chronic hunger and extreme poverty, there cannot be sustainable development, says FAO Assistant Director-General, Hartwig de Haen at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

Southern Africa: Millions on
the brink of starvation

26 August -- The number of people in need of emergency food aid in Southern Africa is close to 13 million. FAO urged donor countries to commit critically needed food aid and financial support to avert a large scale humanitarian crisis.

World agriculture 2030:
Main findings

Results of the new FAO study "World Agriculture: Towards 2015/30.

How to feed 2 billion more mouths in 2030? Here are some answers

20 August 2002 -- An interview with FAO's Jelle Bruinsma, the editor of 'World agriculture: towards 2015/2030', a major FAO study that analyses upcoming food production issues around the globe

World agriculture 2030:
Global food production will exceed population growth

FAO launches global study "World agriculture: towards 2015/30".

UN agencies say: Crops improve in Afghanistan, but 6 million people still need food aid

FAO and WFP say that despite the recovery in this year's agricultural production in Afghanistan, some six million people still have little or no access to food.

FAO to Johannesburg Summit: agriculture can make or break a sustainable future

14 August 2002 -- When the World Summit on Sustainable Development opens on 26 August, FAO will call for greater efforts to alleviate poverty and achieve food security through the sound use of natural resources. Jacques Paul Eckebil, Assistant Director-General of FAO's Sustainable Development Department, sets the scene

FAO appeals for help for drought-stricken Ethiopian pastoralists

Half a million pastoralists in the Afar region of Ethiopia are suffering from a severe drought.

Date palm comes to Namibia

6 August 2002 - Government farm lays groundwork for Southern Hemisphere's first commercial date sector

Afghanistan: Locust control
campaign successfully concluded

A locust control campaign in Northern Afghanistan has succeeded in keeping crop damage to a minimum.

Catching the rain and stopping land degradation in Burkina Faso

31 July 2002 -- Techniques for catching scant rain turn wasteland into grassland in Burkina Faso.

North Korea: Despite better spring harvest, more
food aid needed

Results of a joint FAO/WFP assessment mission to North Korea published

FAO denounces the restrictions on access to information by rural women

There are still numerous constraints to the access of rural women to information. However, the new information technologies offer a unique opportunity for women in the developing countries to speak out, and to be more visible and less isolated.

Food crisis in Southern Africa: FAO calls for US$25 million

FAO has asked for US$25 million to launch emergency projects in Southern African countries severely hit by a food crisis.

Concern about rice production practices

International Rice Commission meets in Bangkok to discuss current trends of rice production.

Rural livelihoods devastated by epidemic, FAO's message to AIDS conference

Barcelona meeting concentrates on health issues, but latest statistics show devastating impact of AIDS on food production and hunger.

AIDS cannot realistically be addressed as a purely medical issue

AIDS cannot realistically be addressed as a purely medical issue, FAO warns in advance of the 14th International AIDS Conference (Barcelona, 7-12 July 2002). The fight against the epidemic also requires rural development policies aimed at promoting food security, improving nutrition, addressing gender inequalities and helping decimated rural communities find a way to pass on farming knowledge to the young.

In Angola, 1.4 million people in urgent need of food assistance, according to an FAO/WFP joint report

In Angola, some 1.4 million people need urgent food assistance, according to a joint FAO/WFP report. WFP plans to assist 1.24 million people, the remaining needy population needs to be supported by other humanitarian agencies. Cereal import requirements for 2002-03 are estimated at 725 000 tonnes, of which 221 000 tonnes as emergency food aid.

Additional research on acrylamide in food essential, scientists declare

More research is necessary to determine how acrylamide is formed during the cooking process and to achieve a better understanding of human exposure to acrylamide in food and its possible health effects, according to an FAO/WHO expert consultation in Geneva. Acrylamide is known to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Foods in which acrylamide develops when cooked at 120 degrees Celsius include potato chips, french fries, bread and processed cereals.

Livelihoods of millions of mountain people at risk, says conference on mountain regions

A four-day international conference in Switzerland has called on the international community to pay more attention to the plight of millions of people in mountain areas, saying mountain people are often exposed to poverty, hunger, social and political marginalization and conflicts.

Mountain people suffer more malnutrition and disease

FAO's Director-General tells Adelboden conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in Mountains that malnutrition and food insecurity in mountain regions contributes to increased disease and disability and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people who flee drought and famine.

Latest figures on food crisis in southern Africa: nearly 13 million people face starvation

FAO/WFP joint food and crop assessment mission reports nearly 13 million people in six southern African countries face mass starvation in what may become the worst humanitarian disaster in a decade.

Four international organizations call for united battle against Tsetse Fly diseases

Four International Organizations coordinate sustainable agricultural and rural development approach to combat a fatal human and animal disease spread by the tsetse fly. Trypanosomiasis threatens about 50 million people and 48 million cattle in 37 African countries, resulting in economic losses in cattle production of some $1.2 billion.

EU signs treaty on agricultural biodiversity

The 15 member countries of the European Union, as well as the European Community, signed the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

UN Oceans Atlas provides first comprehensive real-time tool to observe state of world's oceans

World Environment Day sees UN, FAO and many of the world's leading international scientific agencies launch the first-ever Internet-based Atlas of the Oceans to give users continuously updated strategic data on the world's oceans, including development trends and threats to human health from the deteriorating marine environment.

FAO unveils global anti-hunger programme

FAO says additional public investment of US$24 billion annually must be made in poor countries to reduce the number of hungry people by half by the year 2015.

Afghanistan: a way out of poverty with milk and poultry production

Afghanistan: Working with local farmers, FAO has set up milk collection centers and started poultry production for women

Putting environmental protection in the hands of children

FAO comic book series aims to raise children's awareness of environmental issues.

The Twenty-third session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe has invited the Heads of State and Government to participate in the Rome Food Summit

Food security was one of the main agenda items for the 23rd session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe that has just ended in Nicosia. Conference delegates emphasised the need for active participation at the forthcoming Rome World Food Summit: five years later.

Code of conduct on seeds for Afghanistan reached

Agriculture organizations working in Afghanistan have reached a ground-breaking Code of Conduct agreement covering the production, distribution and importation of seeds in emergency situations. The Code will help support local agricultural systems and markets, as well as genetic resources in Afghanistan.

Joint FAO/WFP: UN agencies warn of massive southern Africa food crisis: 10 million people threatened by famine

Nearly 10 million people in four southern African countries are facing potential famine - and that figure may well rise when crop and food assessment reports from two other countries are completed in the coming days, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). In reports published today, covering the results of recent joint missions to Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland the two food agencies warn that millions of people are on the brink of starvation.

Europe can do more and better, says FAO Director-General, speaking in Nicosia

Mr Jacques Diouf, FAO's Director-General, has invited the European countries to do better and more to help countries whose food and agriculture situation leaves much to be desired. He also hopes to see a large attendance of heads of state and government at the World Food Summit: five years later.

Mahseers for the millions

In mountain areas, where protein is often scarce, fishing can improve diets. International Year of Mountains, 2002, is a good time to find out how to make it work.

Europe's agriculture ministers meet in Cyprus

The World Food Summit: five years later, scheduled for 10 to 13 June 2002, will headline discussions by European Agriculture Ministers and other high-ranking officials from 43 European member countries of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and a representative of the European Community meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 29 to 31 May 2002. Two other important topics under review include food safety and quality and land degradation. It is the first time FAO holds its Regional Conference for Europe in Nicosia.

FAO Director-General: Right to Food could help faster realisation of the goal of food for all

"The target of the 1996 World Food Summit can be met if the developing countries and their development partners have the political will to do so," FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said today in Berlin at an international workshop on policies against hunger.

Info Finder - new online search tool for global link to agricultural and environmental information

Info Finder, a new online search tool, is a collaborative effort between FAO's WAICENT, the Future Harvest Centers and CGIAR.

Locust invasion in Afghanistan - A race against time

Campaign launched to combat the worst locust plague to hit Afghanistan in the last 30 years.

Asia-Pacific Conference ends with call for renewed political will to end hunger

The 26th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (13-17 May 2002) agreed on the need for "more effective policies and strategies programmes to accelerate the progress of agricultural development and ensuring food security for all". It It also noted the potential for a Global alliance against hunger.

Pirelli "INTERNETional" Award granted to FAO's WAICENT Portal

Pirelli's international award, the "Best multimedia product for environmental information," was awarded to the WAICENT Portal of FAO.

Empowering the rural poor in Asia and the Pacific

Small farmers are the main food producers of the Asia Pacific region, yet are hungry themselves, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Feeding the cities in the Horn of Africa

Ministers, mayors and planners participating in a FAO workshop recognize problems and point to action needed.

Poor agricultural workers a core priority for FAO

Increasing the productivity and incomes of resource-poor agricultural workers who feed Asia and the Pacific, yet are hungry themselves, is a central goal of FAO in the region.

Fighting tsetse -- a scourge to African farmers

Sterile insect technique renews hope for eventual eradication of the tsetse fly

FAO combats major locust outbreak in Afghanistan

FAO is helping Afghanistan in its fight against a major locust outbreak in the Northern part of this war-torn country. Control measures coordinated by FAO are being carried out to eliminate the threat and save the wheat harvest.

Havana: NGO regional meeting approves plan of action for the eradication of hunger

The Second Regional Consultation of NGOs and CSOs approved a plan of action for the eradication of hunger that was presented to the 27th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean meeting in Havana, Cuba.

UN Convoy of Hope sets sail for Kisangani

FAO part of initiative to restore trade and ensure food security

FAO Conference calls for a world coalition against hunger

27th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean ends with a call to create a World coalition against hunger

FAO cautious on findings of acrylamide in some fried and baked foods

FAO to join Sweden's National Food Administration in further study of findings that suggest the toxic chemical acrylamide is formed spontaneously in foods by frying and baking.

NEPAD Leaders to convene in Rome next June

New Partnership for Africa's Development leaders to meet during June World Food Summit to prepare position for G8 meeting.

54 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean suffer hunger, says FAO Director-General

FAO's Director-General appeals for renewed efforts in the fight against hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean.

FAO Latin America and Caribbean Regional Conference convenes in Havana, Cuba

Havana hosts FAO Regional Conference and NGO Consultation in advance of June World Food Summit

Charting Angola's future

The signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Angolan Government and UNITA rebels could herald the end of Africa's longest running civil war. But while peace prospects are improving, land tenure remains problematic.

Towards sustainable fish farming

FAO meeting addresses environmental impacts of fish farming, consumers' concern for product safety and fair market access for aquaculture products from developing countries.

Evaluation of Codex Alimentarius

For the first time, the international food code, Codex Alimentarius, and its standard-setting mechanisms will be subject of an independent review.

A thorn on every rose for Kenya's flower industry

Most people don't eat flowers. But they are an important source of food security because of the income they bring to thousands of people -- most of them women -- in developing countries.

Fish farming plays crucial role in boosting rural development and reducing poverty and hunger

Fish farming can make an important contribution to fighting hunger and poverty, but in many countries the potential has not yet been fully realized.

Food crisis threatens several countries in southern Africa

More than 4 million people in southern Africa are threatened by serious food shortages because of declining food production caused by prolonged dry spells, floods and disruption of farming activities.

Food insecurity and malnutrition on the rise in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Hunger and malnutrition are on the rise among Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, FAO warned today in a special alert.

More investment needed in agribusiness and agriculture in Central/Eastern Europe and the CIS, according to FAO and EBRD

Despite recent efforts, the agriculture and agribusiness sector remain severely underfunded in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, underlined FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) at a recent forum in Budapest.

Fighting the fish pirates

If you buy fish in a store, do you know where it comes from? It might be stolen from the poor. It could even have cost lives.

A win-win war on climate change

A new FAO publication calls for a ''true'' green revolution that could slow global warming by burying more carbon --and vastly benefit the environment and food production.

Morocco signs the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources

Morocco has signed the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, as a first step in the ratification process.

Are commodity prices really as low as they seem?

A downward trend in commodity prices spells trouble for developing countries dependent on both agricultural exports and imported processed goods to feed their growing populations.

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