Friday, April 04, 2008

Rice, Food Prices, Famine In Africa, U.S. Agency For International Development, Mali, International Monetary Fund, World Bank

"Rice prices rose more than 10 per cent on Friday [April 4, 2008] to a fresh all-time high as African countries joined the rush of south-east Asian importers to secure supplies from the handful of exporters that continue to sell the grain in the international market.

The rise in prices – a 50 per cent jump in two weeks and more than double since January – threats to trigger social unrest in emerging countries, where the grain is a staple for more than 2.5bn people" ...

Javier Blas and Roel Landingin "Rice jumps as Africa joins race for supplies" Financial Times April 4, 2008

Estimated food security conditions, 1st Quarter 2008 (January-March), from the U.S. Agency for International Development Famine Early Warning Systems Network --FEWSNET.


International Monetary Fund Mali: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper
Published: April 3, 2008 [Internally dated December 2006]
Electronic Access: Free Full Text (PDF file size is 2,076KB) [225 pages]

Mali: Joint Staff Advisory Note to the Executive Boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on the Mali Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper April 2008 [9 pages]


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