UN World Food Programme

Global food prices: Financial Times on-line debate

How will rising food food prices affect the developing world? WFP livelihoods expert, Steven Were Omamo, took part in an on-line debate hosted by the Financial Times.

Soft commodities are hardening. Corn, wheat, cocoa and coffee prices have all risen strongly in recent months, suggesting consumers will face an extended period of more expensive food prices.

Can poorer farmers hope to benefit from the rising demand for food? How will the rise in global food prices affect consumers? And can the world continue to feed its expanding population?

Jeffrey Currie, global head of commodities research at Goldman Sachs, Marc Cohen, research fellow at International Food Policy Research Institute and Steven Were Omamo, chief of the World Food Programme’s social protection and livelihoods service, answer your questions below.

To read the on-line debate, click
here.