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May 6, 2008

Global Food Crisis

Dsc_0144 The "globe's worst food crisis in a generation" is occurring right now and the Washington Post today published a good introduction to the crisis.  Anthony Faiola, "The New Economics of Hunger," Washington Post, April 27, 2008.  A photo gallery is associated with the story, as are two very good graphics, one on which countries have grain, and one presenting reasons for the rise in grain prices

Judge Posner and Gary Becker have both commented about the rising prices on their blog (click by name).  A New York times Op-Ed by Tyler Cowen, "Freer Trade Could Fill the World's Rice Bowl" April 27, 2008, makes its premise clear in its title.  The World Bank's website includes a statement by President Zoellick as well as a video overview of the crisis and a policy statement of the crisis/World Bank response.  Maros Ivanic & Will Martin also have a working paper on topic "Implications of Higher Global Food Prices for Poverty in Low-Income Countries" (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 4594, April 2008).

UPDATE: A number of other blog postings have covered this crisis in much greater detail (thanks to Patrick S. O'Donnell's comment, which I though was worth bringing out of the comment part of the page):

 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu    

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Ezra,

I posted on this as well the Ratio Juris blog: http://ratiojuris.blogspot. See too Rebecca Bratspies at InLawGrrls: http://intlawgrrls.blogspot.com/2008/04/predictable-food-catastrophe.html

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Apr 28, 2008 12:51:40 PM

Dear Mr. Rosser, Thank you for the information you posted to your blog 'Global Food Crisis', though I know it wasn't intended for the likes of me. I have been recently researching world hunger and I found a plethora of information from your site. Again, thank you for the work you do. It has been a help to me. Leslie Booth

Posted by: Leslie Booth | Jun 30, 2008 2:52:03 PM

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