The Statistics of Public Expenditure for Economic Development (SPEED) database contains information on agricultural expenditures in 112 developing countries and 34 developed countries.

Global per capita agricultural spending rose at an annual rate of 0.33 percent from 1980 to 2012. A decline between 1980 and 2000 was off-set by growth within the last 12 years.

Among children under the age of five around the world, 161 million are stunted, 51 million are wasted, and 42 million are obese, according to the 2015 Global Nutrition Report released today by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. The report illustrates that malnutrition takes many forms and affects every country on earth.

Community meal in rural Mexico. Photo Credit: Flickr (Bread for the World)

BY: Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

The Food and Agricultural Organization reports that food prices for August fell 5.2 percent from July levels and down 21.5 percent from last August. The FAO Food Price Index is at the lowest level since April 2009 and down 35 percent from its recent peak in February 2011. Compared to a year ago, prices for cereals, meats, and vegetable oils are down between 15 and 20 percent, while prices for sugar and dairy products are down by about a third.

Dropping oil prices, concern over the global financial implications of economic slowdown in China, and higher than expected global yields for wheat, maize and rice are all contributing to the continued descent of crop prices, according to the September edition of the AMIS Market Monitor and the FAO Food Price Index, both released today.

Land cleared for oil palm plantation, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Flickr (Nanang Sujana/CIFOR)

BY: David Laborde and Simla Tokgoz, IFPRI

IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan. Photo Credit: IFPRI/David Popham

Please join us below Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM (EDT) for a livestreaming policy seminar exploring challenges and solutions for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Released today, the August edition of the FAO Monthly News Report on Grains features multiple announcements of 2015 crops exceeding weather-dampened expectations, with world grain stocks expected to hit a 29-year high according to the the International Grains Council (IGC).

Corn harvester. Photo Credit: Flickr (USDA/Lance Cheung)

Commodity prices regularly move together, despite the fact that causes of fluctuation can vary from commodity to commodity. Cross-market volatility could lower the effectiveness of diversification as a strategy for reducing price risks, so understanding the dynamics behind market interdependence and volatility transmission is critical.

BY: Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

The grains and oilseeds futures markets were down significantly following the release of USDA's August Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports.

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