FAO Initiative on Soaring Food Prices
 

By mid-2008, international food prices had skyrocketed to their highest level in 30 years. This, coupled with the global economic downturn, pushed millions more people into poverty and hunger. 

In December 2010, the FAO food price index rose above its 2008 peak. The index dropped to an 11-month low in October 2011, but food prices still remain generally higher than last year and very volatile.

Efforts need to be scaled up at all levels to strengthen the resilience of small farmers to future shocks and to improve food and nutrition security over the long term [more].

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Events

16 October 2012
World Food Day 2012
Agricultural cooperatives
24 April 2012
World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty
Washington, D.C.
25 January 2012
World Economic Forum
Davos, Switzerland

Highlights

31 October 2011
Strengthening Kenyan farmers’ resilience to drought
Photo Gallery
6 October 2011
FAO policy seminars to address high food prices
Events to take place at regional and subregional level
5 October 2011
World Food Day 2011
Food Prices - From Crisis to Stability