Commodities at a Glance

Special Issue on Food Security

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The series “Commodities at a Glance” aims to collect, present and disseminate accurate and relevant statistical information linked to international primary commodity markets in a clear, concise and reader-friendly format. This issue of Commodities at a Glance focuses on the global food security, price volatility and continuing high food prices.



Food utilization

Food utilization is usually defined as the way our body uses the food energy intake. This encompasses a number of non-food factors such as cultural practices in food preparation, feeding practices as well as intrahousehold allocation of food. One of the detrimental effects of the 2007–2008 food crisis is the increase in the number of undernourished people, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Even the latest FAO publication on the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 noted the stark contrast between Africa (including North Africa) and other developing regions. According to that report, some parts of Asia and Latin America have seen their number of undernourished people decline between 1990–92 and 2010–12. But sub-Saharan Africa registered an increase in the percentage of undernourished people from 17 to 27 per cent of the total undernourished people in the world.


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