Global food price spikes- a double-edged sword?

Some folks from the Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment have a new policy piece out in the latest issue of Science exploring the effect of food commodity price spikes on food security for the world’s poor.  They point out that, while detrimental to urban populations and rural food consumers, such price increases are actually beneficial to great numbers of rural food producers worldwide in the form of increased income; in fact, low commodity prices as a driver of poverty and food insecurity was a dominant narrative among agencies and NGOs prior to the 2008 food crisis.  Thus effects can vary greatly between different populations and different regions, complexities that have significant ramifications for regional agricultural and trade policy.  An interesting read that might change how you think about a very important topic- check it out here:

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