Agricultural commodity prices have been very volatile since the early 2000s, peaking in 2008, then declining sharply until 2010 before starting to rise again (i). In 2012, prices reached a new peak caused by a historic drought in the United States, but then remained low over 2015–2019, a period that also saw a restocking of inventories of soybean, wheat, and corn. In stark … [Read more...] about How the War between Russia and Ukraine Might Affect Your Dinner in Latin America and the Caribbean
Thoughts from a ‘Mercredi de Réflexion’ What is the ‘Mercredi de Réflexion’? The ‘Mercredi de Réflexion’ is a monthly meeting organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Haiti Country Office that tackles relevant topics for the country's development and economic growth. These meetings bring to the table sector specialists, academics, … [Read more...] about Future foodscapes, a changing landscape in the Haitian agricultural sector
Imagine a life in which you go work all day and come back with just enough money to pay for food for your family. A life in which you do not easily have enough money to cover the school fees of your children or to pay for basic medical care. Imagine a life in which, despite hard work and great efforts, your opportunities to improve your condition are very limited. Well, this … [Read more...] about Technologies transfer…a tool towards food security
Climate change is a key driver of agricultural productivity and growth, and its importance will increase in the coming years and decades. In Latin America and the Caribbean, climate variability, higher temperatures and alterations in precipitation will directly affect harvest yields and rural communities’ living conditions. By 2020, yield losses of 21% to 34% have been … [Read more...] about Can agricultural policies influence greenhouse gas emissions?