Shockwatch - Food prices

November 2011 to November 2015

The spike in prices of cereals in 2007-8 shocked and surprised. For poor and vulnerable people, it meant hardship, as the costs of cereals in many parts of the developing world rose sharply. For national and international leaders, it was an unwelcome surprise given that for more than three decades previously, real food prices had fallen on world markets, as well as on many national markets.

These events have prompted much study and discussion over what has happened, what may happen, and what should be done about them. Two major questions arise:

  • what will happen with food prices in the medium term, and
  • what policies may help reduce and stabilise food prices?

This project will produce regular ‘food price updates’ to track the movements of food prices, particularly grain, highlighting the key directions of change and analysing what they might tell us about possible movements in prices and supply over the coming months.

These bulletins will be complemented by additional in-depth studies focusing on specific themes of key importance to policy-making in this area, including grain policy in China, the potential for diverting grain stocks from animal to human use at a time of food price spikes, and the effects of the rapid expansion in biofuel production.

Outputs

Food prices update October 2015: El Niño special

Research reports and studies | November 2015 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s Food price updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices. This update focuses on...
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Shockwatch: Food prices annual review 2014/15

Books or book chapters | June 2015 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
The annual review examines changes to cereals prices seen since May 2014 and looks at how domestic prices for cereals in the developing world have moved since the 2007/08 price spike.
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The rising cost of a healthy diet: changing relative prices of foods in high-income and emerging economies

Research reports and studies | May 2015 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats with Euan Han, Satoru Shimokawa, Joel Alberto Vargas Hernández and Rafael Moreira Claro
This report investigates the prices of different foods in some of the rapidly-growing emerging economies, where incomes have risen notably in the last 20 years. We ask what effect this has had on growing rates of overweight and obese people and whether this trend could...
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Food prices update October 2014

Research reports and studies | October 2014 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s Food Price Updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices. This update includes a...
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Rural wages in Asia

Research reports and studies | October 2014 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
An end to the seemingly inexhaustible source of cheap, unskilled labour in Asia is within sight as rural wages rise sharply across the region. The Rural Wages in Asia report, a comprehensive study of rural wages in the continent, shows that lower birth rates, combined...
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Food prices update August 2014

Research reports and studies | August 2014 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s Food Price Updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices. This update includes a...
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Food prices update June 2014

Research reports and studies | June 2014 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s Food Price Updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices.
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Shockwatch: food prices annual review

Research reports and studies | June 2014 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. This issue is an annual review for the year ending April 2014.
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Food prices update March 2014

Research reports and studies | March 2014 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s Food Price Updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices.
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Food Prices January 2014 update

Research reports and studies | January 2014 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s Food Price Updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices. Each edition tends to...
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Food Prices October 2013 update

Research reports and studies | October 2013 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices.
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Food prices update August 2013

Research reports and studies | September 2013 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices.
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Shockwatch: food prices annual review

Research reports and studies | July 2013 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. This issue is an annual review for the year ending April 2013. Also included is a...
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Food Prices June 2013 update

Research reports and studies | July 2013 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices.
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Food price update February 2013

Research reports and studies | February 2013 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat. This edition focuses on food prices from mid December 2012 to mid February 2013.
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Food price update December 2012

Research reports and studies | December 2012 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices. This edition focuses on...
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Food Price Update October 2012

Research reports and studies | October 2012 | Sharada Keats and Steve Wiggins
ODI’s food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices. This edition focuses on...
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Food price update September 2012

Research reports and studies | September 2012 | Steve Wiggins, Sharada Keats
ODI’s Food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices. This update includes a...
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Food price update August 2012

Research reports and studies | August 2012 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
This edition focuses on food prices from June to August 2012. ODI’s Food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow...
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China: are changes afoot for cereals?

Briefing papers | July 2012 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
This Project Briefing provides an overview of China's impact on the world cereals market and examines whether recent changes will impact on current Chinese production.
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Navigating the maize story

Comment | 26 July 2012 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
'Given the probable health benefits of a modest intake of meat, how long before policy-makers in Beijing take firm measures to encourage diets similar to those seen across the Yellow Sea?'
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Food prices special: US maize harvest in trouble

Research reports and studies | July 2012 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
ODI’s Food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices. This special update...
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Food price update May 2012

Research reports and studies | May 2012 | Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
May 2012: ODI’s Food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices. Each edition...
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Food Price Update March 2012 Annual Review

Research reports and studies | April 2012 | Sharada Keats and Steve Wiggins
March 2012 - Annual Update: ODI’s Food prices updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price...
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Are biofuels more costly than fossil fuels?

Round-table | 28 March 2012

This event explored whether biofuels be more costly than fossil fuels. Discussion built upon a review of the evidence and arguments on likely developments in landed prices of biofuels in the UK/EU up to 2020; and explored the implications of sourcing biofuels...

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Food price updates

Publication Series
ODI’s Food Price Updates focus on tracking international prices of key staple cereals maize, rice, and wheat, and provide commentary on events in markets that affect these prices. They also follow international food and commodity price indices. Each edition tends to...
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