Agricultural commodity price volatility is an ongoing concern. Speculators are welcome on the markets as they make an essential contribution to market liquidity. However, uncertainty and rumors sometimes lead to excessive speculation and high volatility, to the detriment of agricultural producers and food processors, consumers and in particular poor people. The food and agricultural system can be improved by focusing on four levers: transparent information on harvests and inventories, better coordination of international agricultural policies, better liquidity monitoring on futures markets and more research into the causes of excessive speculation.
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