EATxCali: Hungry for a Sustainable Food System

26 October, 2015 by (comments)

  When I grew up, poor people were thin. Books, films and news coverage of famines perpetuated the stereotype. But today, poor people are increasingly likely to be overweight. Now it’s often the rich who are the thin ones. It’s especially the case in cities, where most of humanity lives. There, wealthy folks might be packed into yoga hallsRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Climate change to ruin Valentine’s Day?

13 February, 2012 by (comments)

CIAT’s 2011 study into the possible effects of climate change on the production of cocoa – the key raw ingredient in chocolate  – seems to pop up everywhere these days. It got a mention in this piece from last Friday’s LA Times, along with a report from Climate Nexus which suggests the 30% slump in sugarcane production in IndonesiaRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Regions

World food prices: Sugar bucks the trend for June

8 July, 2011 by (comments)

Food prices remained high for June, rising one percent on the FAO Food Price Index of May and 39 percent higher than in June 2010.   However, cereal prices were down one percent from May, thanks to improved weather conditions in Europe and the lifting of the wheat export ban in Russia. Dry weather affected sugar production in Brazil, the world’sRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Cyclone Yasi pushes up sugar prices to new high

3 February, 2011 by (comments)

First there were devastating floods, now Cyclone Yasi, which battered the state of Queensland in Australia yesterday, is thought to have destroyed half of the state’s sugar crop, forcing up the price of sugar on world markets to an all-time high. Here are some vital statistics: – Queensland is among the world’s top three sugar cane exporters – QueenslandRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Danger zone for world food prices?

5 January, 2011 by (comments)

World food prices could be rising towards the dangerously high levels experienced during the food price crisis of 2008, The Guardian newspaper reports today. In December 2010, the UN food price inflation index saw the biggest jump since records began in 1990, driven by soaring prices for sugar, grain and oilseed.

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en