The global financial crisis may have slowed the consumption of various commodities, but Asian demand for grains (as food and feed) remains strong. The first World Grains Trade Summit held on 17 to 18 February 2009, organized by the Centre for Management Technology in Singapore, reported that demand for 2009 will largely come from Asia. As the world continues to recover...

Food security is back on the global agenda. With the recent food crisis, public attention has returned to issues of availability and affordability, particularly for the urban and rural poor. Responses to the accelerating changes in food stocks and prices in recent months ranged from interventions at the policy level to calls for longer term strategies, including greater...

Lien Dai of the Vietnam Food Association (left) with V. Subramanian. (Photo: The Rice Trader) Sustained price volatility” was the conclusion at the...

In the October–December 2008 issue of Rice Today, I wrote an article (Rice crisis:, pages 40-41) the aftermath highlighting the 2008-09 supply and demand...

Even before the dramatic price spike in early 2008, rice prices on the world market increased every year from 2001 to 2007. Never before in the post-World...

World market rice prices tripled between April 2007 and April 2008, with most of the increase coming early in 2008. While the world market price is an...

Parboiled rice is loaded at a riverside dock in Bangkok. It will be hauled down the Chao Phraya River to the Gulf of Thailand, to be loaded aboard cargo...

Of the world’s 1.1 billion poor people, almost 700 million people with income of less than a dollar a day reside in rice-growing countries of Asia. Rice...