Climate scientists are warning that climate change-induced droughts could devastate more than half of the world’s wheat fields by the end of the century, triggering food shortages, market upheaval and political unrest.
Challenging weather conditions in various countries, coupled with continuing political tensions in the Black Sea region have made food markets more volatile, according to the FAO's first major forecast for 2014.
The FAO has revised downward its forecast for 2010 world wheat production levels and reports that wheat market dynamics drove international food prices up in August by 5 per cent - the biggest month-on-month increase since November 2009.
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Tighter supplies will lead to rises in prices for maize and coffee,
while the cost for rice, wheat, milk, oilcrops and milk will remain
stable or fall, according to the latest forecasts from the UN's
Food and Agriculture Organisation...
Rising prices for ingredients sourced from raw materials may find
little relief in 2004 with the UN-backed Food and Agriculture
Organisation yesterday predicting a fall in cereal stocks again by
the end of the 2003/2004 season. 'Soaring...
A deadly strain of bird flu has been detected in several Vietnamese
pigs, heightening concern that the aggressive virus could decimate
pork production in Asia. However, the United Nations Food and
Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has...