The Environmental Food Crisis: The Environment’s Role In Averting Future Food Crises

In 2008 food prices surged plunging millions back into hunger and triggering riots from Egypt to Haiti and Cameroon to Ban- gladesh. Whereas fuel prices, which also surged, have fallen back sharply food prices remain problematic with wheat, corn and soya still higher than they were 12-18 months ago.

In order to understand the factors underpinning the food crisis and to assess trends, UNEP commissioned a Rapid Response team of internal and international experts. Their conclusions are presented in this report launched during UNEP’s 25th Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environ- ment Forum.

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