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In less than a year, commodity prices reacheded unprecedented levels, making food and energy security one of the biggest challenges of the international economy.

Following the high-level conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which took place in Rome at the beginning of June, Vi's partner, the South Centre - a Geneva-based intergovernmental organization of developing countries - gathered representatives from international organizations for the "North-South dialogue on Food and Energy Security."

Speakers analyzed the underlying causes and policy strategies impacting the food crisis, and presented solutions for the short, medium and long-term.

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• The link between the global food crisis and development - Lakshmi Puri, Acting Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD

Highlights of the FAO Conference on World Food Security and the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, Wendy Mann, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Price Trends of Agricultural and Energy Commodities: Links and Impacts on Developing Countries - Josef Schmidhuber, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

A time of high prices: consequences for the rural poor - Anne-Laure Constantin, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

Climate Change as a Challenge to Food and Energy Security - Gilles Sommeria, Deputy Director, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Trade Liberalization, Food Crisis and the WTO Doha Round: fostering positive spill outs, Anabel Gonzalez, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Trade liberalization and the food crisis - Luisa Rodriguez, South Centre{/rokaccess}

 

Related documents:

UNCTAD Policy Brief No. 2, June 2008 - Tackling the Global Food Crisis

Meeting Trade and Development Challenges in an Era of High and Volatile Energy Prices: Oil and Gas in LDCs and African Countries

Commodity Dependence and Development: Suggestions to Tackle the Commodities Problem

From Declarations to Actions on Commodities: Marking the Turning Point at UNCTAD XII

Food Safety and Environmental Requirements in Export Markets - Friend or Foe for Producers of Fruit and Vegetables in Asian Developing Countries?

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