Friday, April 18, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
In 2007 the food price index calculated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) rose by nearly 40 percent, compared with 9 percent the year before, and in the first months of 2008 prices again increased drastically. Nearly every agricultural commodity is part of this rising price trend. Since 2000—a year of low prices—the wheat price in the international market has more than tripled and maize prices have more than doubled. The price of rice jumped to unprecedented levels in March 2008. Dairy products, meat, poultry, palm oil, and cassava have also experienced price hikes. When adjusted for inflation and the dollar's decline (by reporting in euros, for example), food price increases are smaller but still dramatic, with often serious consequences for the purchasing power of the poor.
IFPRI also links to some interesting articles about the food crisis, including:
Friday, April 11, 2008
Looking for Chapters with Background Information on a Social Work Topic?
Take a look at PsycBooks, a searchable database of books and book chapters relevant to clinical social work practice. Searching PsycBooks is an excellent way to get general background information on a topic from single, full-text book chapters that you can print and download from the computer.