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1. Bloomberg, quoted by the BBC, London, 14 April 2008,

2. BBC, “Action to meet Asian rice crisis”, London, 17 April 2008,

3. See for daily reports. With many Asian rice exporters out of the game, needy countries from Asia and Africa are turning to the US market where prices are going through the roof.

4. Brian Halweil, “Grain harvest sets record, but supplies still tight”, Worldwatch Institute, Washington DC,

5. Katarina Wahlberg, “Are we approaching a global food crisis?”, World Economy & Development in Brief, Global Policy Forum, 3 March 2008,

6. Food policy expert interviewed on Radio France International, Paris, 20 April 2008.

7. “UN food chief urges crisis action,” BBC, London, 22 April 2008,

8. Sinclair Stewart and Paul Waldie, “U.S. food producers, speculators square off”, Globe and Mail, Toronto, 23 April 2008,

9. Ibid. and Paul Waldie, “Why grocery prices are set to soar”, Globe and Mail, Toronto, 24 April 2008,

10. Paul Waldie, “Why grocery prices are set to soar”, op cit.

11. Bill Quigley, “USA role in Haiti hunger riots”, ZNet, US, 23 April 2008,

12. World Bank, “Can the world market for rice be trusted”, Box 1 on p. 52 of “Philippines: Agriculture Public Expenditure Review,” Technical Paper, World Bank, Washington DC, 2007,

13. Potash and phosphates are two of the main ingredients in chemical fertiliser.

14. David Ebner, “Saskatchewan: A lot more than wheat” Globe and Mail, Toronto, 11 April 2008,

15. John Partridge and Andy Hoffman, “China deal sends Potash soaring” Globe and Mail, Toronto, 17 April 2008,

16. “Cargill income up sharply in third quarter”, World Grain, Kansas City, 14 April 2008,

17. “Tightening belts,” The Economist, London, 10 April 2008,

18. Jonathan Sibun, “Unilever profits surge despite price pressures,” Daily Telegraph, London, 3 November 2007,; and, “Get set for more price hikes: Unilever chief,” Business Standard, India, 16 March 2008,

19. Foo Yun Chee, “Major European retailers post higher profits for 2007,” Reuters, 6 March 2008,

20. Associated Press, “Wal-Mart de Mexico’s 1Q profits rise 11 percent on higher sales, cost controls,” 8 April 2008,

21. Monsanto, Annual Report, 2007.

22. DuPont, Annual Report 2007, and “Syngenta anuncia cifra negocio en progresión 28 por ciento primer trimestre”, EFE, 22 de abril 2008,

23. Isabel Reynolds, “WTO should pressure food exporters – Mandelson”, Reuters, 23 April 2008,

24. See, for example, recent comments from West African farmers and officials: Noel Tadégnon, “Le ROPPA préconise une pression sur les autorités politiques pour soutenir l’agriculture africaine,” APA, 23 April 2008,; and, “Réunion extraordinaire du Conseil des ministres de l`UEMOA, hier : 200 milliards pour freiner la flambée des prix,” Le Nouveau  Réveil, Abidjan, 24 April 2008,

Published In Motion Magazine May 7, 2008