Tuesday, May 31, 2011

OXFAM says food prices will double by 2030

A new research paper from OXFAM has some very troubling forecasts for the future of world food prices. OXFAM predicts that food prices will more than double by the year 2030, which could reverse any gains made in human development. Prices for basic food staples hit another record high in April with no easing foreseen in their global demand.

From the Guardian, writer Felicity Lawrence tells us more about the OXFAM report on food prices.

After decades of steady decline in the number of hungry people around the world, the numbers are rapidly increasing as demand outpaces food production. The average growth rate in agricultural yields has almost halved since 1990 and is set to decline to a fraction of 1% in the next decade.

A devastating combination of factors – climate change, depleting natural resources, a global scramble for land and water, the rush to turn food into biofuels, a growing global population, and changing diets – have created the conditions for an increase in deep poverty.

"We are sleepwalking towards an age of avoidable crisis," Oxfam's chief executive, Barbara Stocking, said. "One in seven people on the planet go hungry every day despite the fact that the world is capable of feeding everyone. The food system must be overhauled."

Oxfam called on the prime minister, David Cameron, and other G20 leaders to agree new rules to govern food markets. It wants greater regulation of commodities markets to contain volatility in prices.

It said global food reserves must be urgently increased and western governments must end biofuels policies that divert food to fuel for cars.


Kate said...

Hi Kale,

The OXFAM predictions are seriously troubling. Already millions of people die of starvation and malnutrition because of inadequate and unjust food distribution; raising prices will catastrophically affect the poor and middle class in upcoming years, possibly even before 2030. I wanted to share this video on the OXFAM predictions with you and your readers. I think you’ll appreciate how it analyzes news coverage from different sources to show various perspectives on the natural and man-made causes of the increase in food prices as well as possible solutions, including global governance. I hope you’ll considering embedding the video in your post.



Kate said...

Sorry I realized I gave you the wrong link. Here's the one to the OXFAM story: http://povertynewsblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/oxfam-says-food-prices-will-double-by.html