The main objective of this report is to undertake an evaluation of the Tacis programme over the three year period - 24 November 2004 to 23 November 2007 inclusive – particularly from the perspective of a sector wide approach.
This study examines the current and future impacts of the increasing spread of biofuels on access to land in producer countries, particularly for poorer rural people. The study draws on a literature review, and on information provided by key informants. The report is organised as follows.
Rising food prices present a very real threat to ongoing efforts to combat poverty and hunger in southern Africa. However, this brief produced by the Regional Hunger & Vulnerability Programme (RHVP), argues that this is not necessarily the full picture.
As food prices continue to rise, some observers have pointed a finger at speculation as a culprit in the price run-up. What role is speculation playing in the current food crisis and how can markets be calmed?