ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Food Security Endangered

Structural changes in global grain markets threaten India's food security.

Grain prices have risen dramatically during the past 18 months and are likely to stay high in the medium term. This will pose a serious threat to food security in India and other developing countries.

Between December 2005 and December 2007, wheat prices increased from $ 167/tonne to $ 381/tonne and maize prices increased from $ 103/tonne to $ 180/tonne. Rice prices have increased by about 40 per cent over these two years. The current prices of cereals are so high that they do not conform to the cyclical fluctuations of the past.

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