Food Price Watch: Rising Prices and Their Role in Food Riots
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Food Price Watch: Rising Prices and Their Role in Food Riots

Date: Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET (17:30 – 18:30 GMT or convert time)
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Man scattering rice grains. Sta. Cruz, Laguna, Philippines. Photo: Danilo Pinzon / World Bank

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Prices of internationally traded foods went up this quarter for the first time in 18 months. How much should we worry? This latest issue of Food Price Watch highlights the role that food prices can play in food riots and, more broadly, political instability and unrest.

Join us for a chat with report author José Cuesta to explore what is driving these price increases and what can be done to prevent and mitigate food riots.

Click here to read the Food Price Watch report.


Senior Economist, Poverty, World Bank
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The food gains price rises is a critical issue of the international markets side by side effecting the national markets also.The traders, cultivators or the or the whole sellers are responsible to rises the prices and also direct and indirect linkage to political involvement of the different regions of the world level.The controlling system of price rise is essential for the international markets and direct related to national and regional markets also.The cooperation and coordination is necessarily to control the price rise/ N.K.PANDU-NBDP INDIA
Judith Westerfield
United States
Why is the US federal government closing all of our farms, confiscating vast amounts of land while putting farmers and ranchers out of business whose families have farmed it for many years? Why are they forcing pig farmers to shoot and kill all of their pigs and piglets? Why are they putting millions of farmers in California out of business by refusing them water for their crops? Why was the delta smelt fish put on the "Endangered Species" list so that over 300,000 farmers lost their livelihood and their right to water their crops? WHY is the US federal government purposely destroying "ALL" food resources???
Katherine Frank
United States
What kind of monitoring and evaluation methods is the World Bank employing to study the relationship between rising and volatile food prices and food insecurity? Additionally, what techniques and indicators should the World Bank as well as the UN and NGOs be using to properly assess this relationship?
Tyrone Blain Argyle
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Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
it's observed that though Agriculture Industry and Agrarians are serving human beings since long, they are always kept at receiving end especially the marginal farmers. Why can't policies, prices, at all places in the world favour them? Hope you'l touch this point.
Kwon Yurim
Korea, Rep.
Also, political stability and food are clearly related to the developing world.
Lee da hee
Korea, Rep.
Why food price is rising? I think because of corn. corn dominate for producing bio fuel. so corn take possession of the land for producing other crop. so food price is rising. What is other way to produce bio fuel?
Abhimanyu Arora
1. How do you take into account reverse causality? Esp. when riots take place in a food-exporting country. 2. Also, what about changes in food preferences of people? Since the relative prices of other food items change too, wouldn't people switch to what is more economical? Thanks