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Record number 406990
Title Price and prejudice: Why are food prices so high?
Author(s) Meijerink, G.W.; Berkum, S. van; Shutes, K.; Solano, G.
Source The Hague : LEI, part of Wageningen UR (Report / LEI Wageningen UR : Research area International policy ) - ISBN 9789086155187 - 105
Department(s) LEI INT BELEID - Internationale Handel & Markten
Publication type Research report
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) agrarische economie - voedselprijzen - landbouwproductie - biobrandstoffen - voedsel versus brandstof - prijsbepalende factoren - markten - biobased economy - agricultural economics - food prices - agricultural production - biofuels - food vs fuel - price determining factors - markets
Categories Agricultural Economics (General)
Abstract Recent high food prices can be explained by tightening world markets. On the one hand, demand for food continues to increase with a growing and richer world population. Demand for biofuels has added to that demand. On the other hand, there have been several weather-induced supply shocks: drought and flooding, in a time when stocks were low. Three additional factors pushed up prices even more: - export bans were imposed by several countries; - the US exchange rate was weak; - oil prices were high.
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