How we warn about global food price and supply risks...

All four of the indicators used by Food Monitor focus on global food price and supply risks that could impact food security. Two of these indicators monitor at the local level and the other two indicators monitor at the global level. Our innovative Price Transmission indicator monitors 83 countries and tracks global food price movements that could impact on local markets. The Food Security News Hotspots reflects media activity related to global and regional price developments and food security, using the assumption that more news coverage means a more problematic situation. The Global Supply indicator analyses both sides of the food equation by assessing whether the forecasted production (production and storage) is sufficient in meeting the forecasted demand (population and levels of income). The Excessive Price Volatility indicator provides information on price fluctuations at international exchange markets, which is important as evidence suggests that price increases and volatility transmits to local markets.

The Food Monitor warnings provide close to real-time assessments on risks that could have the potential to impact upon food security. To learn more about our indicators and how to interpret the warnings, please visit our indicator pages. All warnings are immediately updated on this website and were published on Twitter automatically.