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World food prices seen at record high in January

Posted by Admin on February 4, 2011

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A vendor sorts tomatoes at a wholesale vegetable and fruit market in Chandigarh January 29, 2011. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
On Thursday 3 February 2011, 6:12 AM

 

By Svetlana Kovalyova

MILAN (Reuters) – Surging food prices are on Thursday expected to push the United Nations ‘ food price index to a record high in January for a second straight month, further above the levels which prompted food riots in 2007/2008.

The Food Price Index of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which measures monthly price changes for a food basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, hit a record in December, above a previous high set in June 2008 during the food crisis.

A mix of high oil and fuel prices, growing use of biofuels, bad weather and soaring futures markets pushed up prices of food in 2007/08, sparking violent protests in countries including Egypt , Cameroon and Haiti.

The Rome-based agency has warned food prices could climb even higher, expressing concern about global weather patterns.

Severe drought in the Black Sea last year, heavy rains in Australia and dry weather in Argentina and anticipation of a spike in demand after unrest in north Africa and the Middle East has helped power grain prices to multi-year highs.

The worst winter storm for decades in the U.S. grain belt kept up pressure on wheat futures on Wednesday.

Surging food prices have come back into the spotlight after they helped fuelled protests that toppled Tunisia’s president in January and have spilled over to Egypt and Jordan, raising speculation other countries in the region would secure grain stocks to reassure their populations.

Algeria on Jan.26 confirmed it had bought almost a million tonnes of wheat, bringing its bread wheat purchases to at least 1.75 million since the start of January, and ordered an urgent speeding up of grain imports, a move aimed at building stocks.

World leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week warned rising food prices could stoke more unrest and even war. French President Nicolas Sarkozy reiterated calls for regulation to rein in speculation and volatility.

Multi-year highs for grain and sugar futures in January helped push higher spot and physical prices which the FAO uses to calculate the index.

(Reporting by Svetlana Kovalyova; editing by Keiron Henderson)

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Emerging economies are fed up by West lecturing, says Premji

Posted by Admin on January 29, 2011

Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro, India, at the ...

Wipro CEO - Mr.Azim Premji

http://in.finance.yahoo.com/news/Emerging-economies-fed-West-pti-1342019832.html

On Thursday 27 January 2011, 10:16 AM

Prakash Chawla Davos, Jan 27 (PTI) In a harsh criticism of the US “restrictive” policies, Chairman of India-based Wipro Azim Premji told the gathering of global CEOs that the emerging economies are “more than fed up” of being lectured by the west to open their economies without any reciprocity.

“I think they (emerging economies) are fed up of being needled for opening their economies,” Premji said here at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

He particularly expressed his disappointment with the US seeking more market for its goods in the developing economies, while putting restrictions on its import of services. The liberalisation of goods and services was being treated differently.

When asked whether the Asian economies are “fed up by the lecturing” by the west, Chairman of India”s third largest software exporter said: “more than fed up”.

“People don”t seem to equate, liberalise both products and services. If you are talking about global trade–it is products and services.

You cannot have one standards of opening up economy for emerging countries to products and contrary (for the others) particularly the US, which has put all sorts of restrictions on services. This cannot be one way traffic,” Premji said.

The Indian IT industry which gets USD 50 billion of its revenue from the global outsourcing, mainly from the US is peeved at a string of restrictions by the American authorities for service imports.

These include hiking the visa fee for professionals.

On the contrary, India has given deals worth USD 10 billion to the US which will create jobs for 50,000 Americans. Services are of key interest to India, as they provide about 55 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product.

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