Thematic Areas: Food security
One particularly important emerging driver of vulnerability is the volatility of international commodity prices, particularly prices of food and fuel. In June 2008, the prices of basic foods on international markets reached their highest levels in 30 years, threatening the security of the poor worldwide. Prices are still high and the structural problems underlying the vulnerability of developing countries to international price increases remain.
At the policy level, OCHA works to support UN system efforts to reduce the immediate impacts of food insecurity and address the underlying causes through its participation in the Secretary-General's High Level Task Force on the Global Food Crisis. This includes working with our partner agencies to monitor and analyse the humanitarian impacts of high food prices and ensure appropriate mitigation and response actions can be taken.
Updated Comprehensive Framework for Action, Sept 2010 - UN High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF)