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Global food import costs to surge 12% to record this year -FAO
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.92   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photoGlobal food import costs are expected to rise 12% in 2021 to a record due to surging commodity prices and robust demand during the COVID-19 crisis, the United Nations food agency said. The world's food import bill, including shipping costs, is projected to reach $1.715 trillion this year, from $1.530 trillion in 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its twice-yearly Food Outlook report on Thursday. Its monthly food price index hit a 10-year high in May, reflecting sharp gains for cereals, vegetable oils and sugar. read moreThe FAO said a separate index of food import values, including freight costs that have also soared, reached a record in March this year, surpassing levels seen during previous food price spikes in 2006-2008 and 2010-2012. A strong volume increase for staple food imports last year had already driven up global import costs 3% to a record.
Persons: Danish Siddiqui Organizations: REUTERS, Danish, United, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, Food, Thomson Locations: Mumbai, India, United Nations, China
Surging food import costs threaten world's poorest, FAO warns
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Gus Trompiz | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The world's food import bill, including shipping costs, is projected to reach $1.715 trillion this year, up 12% from $1.530 trillion in 2020, the FAO said in its twice-yearly Food Outlook report on Thursday. Nations classed as Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries by the FAO are forecast to see food import costs jump 20% this year, with tourism-reliant economies in a particularly precarious position, the agency said. read moreThe FAO's monthly food price index hit a 10-year high in May, reflecting sharp rises for cereals, vegetable oils and sugar. read moreA separate index of food import costs, including freight costs that have also soared, reached a record in March this year, surpassing levels seen during previous food price spikes in 2006-2008 and 2010-2012, the FAO said. A strong volume increase for staple food imports last year had already driven up global import costs by 3%, to a record high.
Persons: Danish Siddiqui, Josef Schmidhuber, Schmidhuber Organizations: REUTERS, Danish, . Food Agency, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, Reuters, Food, Nations, International, Thomson Locations: Mumbai, India, Yemen, Nigeria, Argentina, Russia, China
Throw in accidents, cyberattacks, extreme weather and the huge disruption caused by the desperate hunt for cleaner sources of energy, and you have a perfect storm. Rising costs have pushed producer price inflation in China to its highest level in nearly 13 years. The rising costs of resin and pulp, for example, are promptingandto increase the prices of household staples such as tampons, diapers and toilet paper. Logistics and labor costs climbCommodities are not the only factor driving prices higher, however. For example, workers might demand higher wages, forcing companies to increase the price of their goods and placing additional upward pressure on salaries.
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New York (CNN) Global food prices rose for the 12th month in a row in May, up nearly 40% year over year, according to the United Nations' food price index. Last month was also the sharpest monthly rise in average food prices in over a decade, spiking 4.8% from April to May. use of vegetable oils, sugar and cereals has caused prices to surge rapidly around the globe. Global inflation is raising prices on virtually everything, from food to steel to lumber and energy. In countries that belong to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, prices surged in April to the highest rate since 2008.
Persons: Abbassian, Read Organizations: CNN, Global, United Nations, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, CNN Business, Organization for Economic Cooperation, Development Locations: York, China, Brazil
A surge in food prices is deepening the pain caused by Covid-19 across the developing world, forcing millions into hunger and contributing to social problems that could lead to more political unrest and migration. Food prices have jumped by nearly a third over the past year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, even as pandemic-related job losses are making it harder for families to afford basic staples. Corn prices are 67% higher than a year ago, the FAO says, while sugar is up nearly 60%, and prices for cooking oil have doubled. Overall prices have risen for 11 consecutive months to the highest levels since 2014, the FAO says. Weaker currencies in many developing countries that are struggling to rebound from Covid-19 have made food imports more expensive.
Organizations: Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations, FAO Locations: Covid
There is a fundamental disconnect between fears of red meat bans, and the reality of growing sales. Beef sales soared 23.7% year-over-year to $30.3 billion in 2020. In surveys and on social media, people may say they want to cut red meat from their diet. Beef is a practical choice for many meat eatersLoving red meat has become a way some signal their political priorities. Courtesy TerrazasBrooke said that, for many Texans, loving brisket and red meat is more than just a dietary decision.
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Democratic Republic of Congo has highest levels of hunger in world, UN says
  + stars: | 2021-04-07 | by ( Tim Lister | ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
(CNN) For humanitarian agencies trying to keep people alive, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) presents multiple challenges: hunger, displacement, disease and violence. Nowhere in the world do more people need food assistance, according to a new study by two UN agencies. More than 27 million people in the DRC -- one in three of the population - are affected by what the agencies call "high acute food insecurity." Seven million people are now struggling to survive "emergency levels" of food insecurity, according to the analysis by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). That means they rely on aid for more than half their food needs.
Persons: Read Organizations: CNN, Democratic, UN, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, Food Programme Locations: Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC
A 'cloud' of locusts sweeps across Kenya
  + stars: | 2021-01-19 | by ( Reuters Editorial | ) www.reuters.com + 0.68   time to read: 1 min
WorldA 'cloud' of locusts sweeps across KenyaPostedFarmers like Katelo, who grows crops in northern Kenya, are once again battling swarms of locusts which the Food and Agriculture Organization is warning are reappearing across East Africa. David Doyle reports.
Persons: David Doyle Organizations: Farmers, Food and Agriculture Organization Locations: Kenya, East Africa
Established in November 2019, the Forêts National Park is located in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand-Est regions, near Paris. "It's an outdoor laboratory to study forests, to look at how they evolve naturally, and how climate change affects them," she added. He said this was because there were "about 25% of forest species who need the deadwood and those kinds of trees to live." Zoé Lefort is a project coordinator at France's National Forest Office, another party involved in work connected to the Forêts National Park. She sought to emphasize the beauty of the forest as well as its importance to the natural world, noting how it was home to "lots of biodiversity, lots of tree species, lots of plant species, lots of wild animals."
Persons: Véronique Genevey, Morgan Martin, Martin, Stéphane Hallaire Organizations: Energy, Office, Food and Agriculture Organization, CNBC Locations: France, Bourgogne, Franche, Paris, FAO's State, World's
Almost half of Yemenis in acute food insecurity, new data shows
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Lisa Barrington | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - Famine-like conditions have re-appeared in parts of Yemen and almost half the population is experiencing high levels of food insecurity, new United Nations data showed on Thursday, with aid agencies warning time is running out to prevent mass starvation. Around 45% of Yemen’s population is facing high levels of acute food insecurity, according to the U.N.’s Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis. Between January and June 2021 54% of Yemenis - 16.2 million people - are likely to experience high levels of acute food insecurity. IPC data analyses for south Yemen, which is under the control of the internationally recognised Yemeni government, were released in July and October. FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said the primary driver of food insecurity is the conflict, which must cease.
Persons: , David Beasley, Qu Dongyu, Mohamed Abdi, Organizations: Reuters, United Nations, IPC, Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, UNICEF, WFP Locations: DUBAI, Yemen, Iran, Norwegian
The State of the World's Forests 2020 report says that both forest degradation and deforestation "continue to take place at alarming rates." "So what we did, four years ago, is we removed trees and we planted a diverse forest made of oak trees … but also chestnut trees … and wild cherry trees." "They make a diverse forest and the diseases, the storms, the wildfires, make slow progress in a diverse forest as opposed to a more 'unique species' one." "There are different types of threats for forests depending (on) where you are," he said. "But if you are in temperate forests, like in Europe or France, then there is no longer deforestation but forests are degraded because of climate change."
Persons: Hallaire Organizations: Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, Reforest'Action Locations: State, World's, France, Neauphlette, Paris, Europe
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