World Food Price Crisis

Food prices soar 10pc in July

Global food prices soared 10 per cent in July, increasing the threat to millions of the world’s poor especially in Africa and the Middle East, the World Bank said on Thursday.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 11:55am

City news in brief, August 13, 2012

City news in brief, August 13, 2012

15 HK activists head for Diaoyu Islands

13 Aug 2012 - 8:52am

If rising prices don't get us, then deflation is certain to

I'm not sure if there is a collective noun for a group of economists. Given the reputation of economics as the dismal science, perhaps it should be a lamentation of economists.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

New world order: biological science links patterns of economic behaviour

The summer heatwave in the US corn belt is going to hit grain production and has already raised food prices. So far, such price increases have not yet translated to global inflation, thanks to better food crop production in other parts of the world.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Real problem with the housing shortage is that there isn't one

With home prices soaring, the government will put eight sites up for sale over the summer in what [development minister] Carrie Lam calls a 'conscious effort' to increase land supply

SCMP, May 26

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Alert on sale of expired food

A packet of frozen chicken that was four months past its expiration date remained on sale at a small frozen meat shop.

The item was among 42 products past their expiration dates that were being sold at 19 shops. They were recently uncovered by Consumer Council workers, who posed as shoppers at 57 independent and chain grocery shops.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rainfall, not warming, key to crops

Rainfall has had a bigger impact than rising temperatures on the mainland's grain harvests in the past three decades, according to research by two Chinese scientists.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Inflation at lowest level in 15 months

Mainland inflation eased to its lowest level in 15 months last month, giving policymakers more room to stimulate growth.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rents, food drive inflation to 6.3pc

Consumer prices in Hong Kong surged 6.3 per cent in real terms in August, up from the 5.8 per cent recorded in July.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Cleaners and guards eating less as prices rise

One in two cleaners and security guards - the first low-paid sectors to receive a legal wage floor - say they are eating less because of rising food prices, a survey has found.

One in five said they bought food products about to expire - which usually carry a discount - to save money, the Friends of the Earth study found.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Profits up 28pc at industrial firms but analysts see slowdown ahead

Mainland industrial profits jumped 27.9 per cent to 1.92 trillion yuan (HK$2.31 trillion) in the first five months, but economists warn of rising uncertainties.

They warn of an increasing risk of slower growth as the central government looks set to again raise interest rates and the reserve requirement ratio to keep inflation at bay.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Infrastructure investment tipped to beat food crises

More investment in infrastructure, rather than export bans, should be the solution to looming food crises in emerging markets, say analysts.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

World hunger is the result of greed

An article I read recently noted that many people are suffering from chronic hunger around the world. Global food prices are at their highest since the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation started monitoring them in 1990.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

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On plight of cage home dwellers:

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Glencore 'not culprit behind price rises'

Giant commodities trader Glencore does not cause hunger, claims Vidhan K Goyal, professor of finance at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's Business School.

The company, which launches the sale of its shares in Hong Kong and London today, has been criticised because of its influence on food and other commodities.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am