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Apr 2021
The storage of grains has an important food security dimension. This paper reviews recent trends in grain stockholding; discusses the two main purposes for holding stocks, which are to maintain an emergency reserve and to help stabilize prices; describes the difficulties in measuring stocks, especially as regards deriving internationally comparable data; and outlines the economic importance of stocks as a determinant of international food price volatility.
Mar 2021
The first wave of COVID-19 containment measures raised concerns about the capacity of markets to withstand the shock without generating distortions. In this analysis, researchers move beyond the aggregated effects [...]
Nov 2020
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic triggered alarmist views on whether international markets would still have the capacity to meet demands from countries who are dependent on trade, including their [...]
Sep 2020
Early in the COVID-19 outbreak, there were concerns that the health crisis would develop into a large-scale food crisis similar to the 2007-08 food price crisis, when panic buying and [...]
Apr 2020
FAO is analysing and providing updates on the emerging COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on agricultural markets—effects that are still largely unknown. Most current assessments generally foresee a contraction in both supply [...]
Jan 2020
In view of a recent update and revamp of the AMIS market database, and considering the importance of AMIS for global food price transparency, the FAO Office of Chief Statistician [...]
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