Tema: Mercados y comercio

Volatilidad de los precios alimentarios y oferta de mano de obra

por Mr. Julian Hochscherf

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Estoy haciendo un doctorado so bre la asegurabilidad de los vaivenes de precios inducidos por la meteorología en África Subsahariana utilizando microseguros basados en índices. Estoy interesado en descubrir las consecuencias derivadas de volatilidad de los precios en la oferta de mano de obra eficaz. Además, me gustaría analizar si esta decisión sobre la oferta de mano de obra puede ser una explicación para el bajo crecimiento económico en los países que muestran una relativa mayor volatilidad de los precios.

El primer paso del proyecto será el de encontrar evidencia empírica de que en efecto hay una reacción en relación a la oferta de mano de obra eficaz frente a los precios volátiles de los alimentos. Un segundo paso sería descubrir los patrones de precios entre los fenómenos meteorológicos adversos y los precios de los alimentos y determinar los efectos de los índices de seguros. Al encontrarme iniciando este proyecto, estaría encantado de recibir muchas proposiciones, comentarios y contactos de profesionales o investigadores con experiencia, etc

Julian Hochscherf

With Technology and Elite capture - Are Cooperatives Relevant today?

por Mr. Rwakakamba Morrison

With over 10,400,000 citizens connected to mobile phones in Uganda (according to International Communication Union) over 5,000,000 browsing internet daily and millions tuning into more than 228 fm radio stations broadcasting in local languages – Do we still need the kind of cooperatives that operated in 1970’s and 1980s to connect farmers and small businesses to markets? Calls for revival of Cooperatives are a hot and rehearsed issue, amongst, especially opposition politicians and operatives. Possibly bending a bit to pressure, government rebranded the Ministry to Trade Tourism and Industry to Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives! Alas- this Cooperative narrative needs to be re-imagined in current Uganda. We need to be talking about new ways of organizing and governing markets. If old cooperatives don’t change, what is left of them will soon disappear.

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FAO Statistical Pocketbook 2015

This publication is part of the FAO Statistical Yearbook suite of products. The first part of the book includes thematic spreads with data visualizations (graphs, charts, and maps) with basic text. The second part has country-level tables for a selected number of indicators.

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Food and nutrition in numbers 2014

Overcoming malnutrition in all of its forms – caloric undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity – requires a combination of interventions in different areas that guarantee the availability of and access to healthy diets. Among the key areas, interventions are required in food systems, public health systems and the provision of safe water and sanitation. This pocketbook not only focuses on indicators of food security and nutritional outcomes but also on the determinants that contribute to healthy lives. The pocketbook is structured in two sections: Thematic spreads related to food security and nutrition, including detailed food consumption data collected from national household budget surveys; Comprehensive country and regional profiles with indicators categorized by anthropometry, nutritional deficiencies, supplementation, dietary energy supplies, preceded by their "setting". The setting provides demographic indicators as well as health status indicators based on mortality patterns and the provision of safe water and sanitation. Anthropometry indicators provide information not only on the prevalence of acute and chronic forms of under-nutrition but also on the prevalence of obesity. Their co-existence is often referred to as the double burden of malnutrition. Nutritional deficiency indicators reveal food security issues at the national level based on the adequacy of energy supplies; they also reveal the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies, often referred to as “hidden hunger”. Combined with anthropometric measurements, they allow for the identification of the triple burden of malnutrition (under-nutrition, obesity and hidden hunger). Regarding hidden hunger, indicators concerning iodine and vitamin A have been selected. Dietary indicators are based on national food supplies and inform on the overall quality of diets. Focus is also on the importance of diets during the first 1 000 days of an infant’s life, with indicators selected on the quality of breastfeeding, dietary diversity and meal frequency.