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Friday, 21 September 2012, 11:00 - 12:30 at UNU-IAS in Yokohama

World Food Price Fluctuations: Sources, Implications and Solutions

Ayal Kimhi
Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Management at the Hebrew University
Director of Research at the Center for Agricultural Economic Research
Deputy Director at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies


Seminar Description

Food price volatility in the last few years is a result of demand and supply factors, augmented by policies. Demand for grains has been increasing at higher rates due to changes in eating habits in fast-growing developing countries and due to the rise in the production of biological fuels. Supply did not catch up with the rise in demand because of several long-run processes and because of natural disasters and increasing input prices. Price volatility has been augmented by local protection policies of grain-exporting countries and by speculative activity in commodity markets. The poor, especially in developing countries, suffer the most from the price fluctuations. The long-run solution relies upon increasing grain supply, especially in developing countries. This requires a combination of investments in infrastructure and technology, and adequate trade policy.
Programme

11:00 - 11:05 Welcoming Remarks
Jose Puppim de Oliveira (Assistant Director of UNU-IAS)
11:05 - 11:45

World Food Price Fluctuations: Sources, Implications and Solutions
Ayal Kimhi (Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Management at the Hebrew University; Director of Research at the Center for Agricultural Economic Research; Deputy Director at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies)

11:45 - 12:30

Discussion
Facilitated by Jose Puppim de Oliveira (Assistant Director of UNU-IAS)



Video and Audio Podcasts

Welcoming Remarks
Jose Puppim de Oliveira (Assistant Director of UNU-IAS)

[Archived Video- 2 minutes];

World Food Price Fluctuations: Sources, Implications and Solutions
Ayal Kimhi (Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Management at the Hebrew University;
Director of Research at the Center for Agricultural Economic Research; Deputy Director at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies)
[Archived Video- 49 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 49 minutes]

Discussion
[Archived Video- 40 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 40 minutes]



Speaker's Biography

Ayal Kimhi is Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Management of the Hebrew University since 2004, and serves as Sir Henry d'Avigdor Goldmid Chair in Agricultural Economics. He also serves as Deputy Director at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies since 2009, and as Director of Research at the Center for Agricultural Economic Research since 2008. Between 2006 and 2009 he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Rural Cooperation. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago (1991), and has held visiting positions at the University of Maryland, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Nagoya University, and RIHN. He published more than 40 articles in refereed academic journals, including Agricultural Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Population Economics, and The Econometrics Journal. His research spans the fields of Labor Economics, Family Economics, Applied Econometrics, Agricultural Economics, and Development Economics. His main areas of research are poverty and inequality, time allocation, intergenerational transfers, and structural changes in agriculture in developed, developing and transition countries. He has also written about health and nutrition, agricultural policy reforms, and labor supervision.


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