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The global food price crisis: Lessons and ideas for relief planners and managers

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Written by John Mitchell, Ben Ramalingam

​The first half of 2008 was marked by significant rises in commodity prices, with food price increases averaging 52 percent between 2007 and 2008. While the response to the wider situation is largely outside the scope of humanitarian programmes, those managing relief and recovery efforts have faced a number of challenges. This paper lays out the background to the food price rises, outlines a number of key challenges for those planning and managing relief efforts, and suggests ideas, tools and approaches that could prove of value.
Ramalingam, B., Proudlock, K. and J. Mitchell