Lower Food Prices - A Deceptive Comfort

Published on 30 January 2009

Downward pressure on prices may seem like good news, but you have to look deeper, says the Philippines Agriculture Secretary.(See our Davos page)

Arthur C. Yap, the Philippines Agriculture Secretary, says it's easy to misread the impact of the global financial crisis on the food crisis. The deflationary effects of the financial crisis seem to be pushing commodity prices down, and that looks like good news. But it's not that simple, as Yap explains.



Mr. Yap spoke with www.wfp.org in the WFP tent in Davos immediately after a private meeting of the Business Alliance Against Chronic Hunger.

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Emilia Casella

Global Media Coordinator

Emilia Casella is WFP's Global Media Coordinator based in Rome. She has worked at WFP since 2006, serving also in Sudan and Geneva. Prior to joining WFP, she worked for 18 years as a journalist in print and television