International Monetary Fund

Food and Fuel Crisis


Extracting Resource Revenue

Finance & Development, September 2013, Vol. 50, No. 3

Philip Daniel, Sanjeev Gupta, Todd Mattina, and Alex Segura-Ubiergo

For countries with abundant oil, gas, and mineral deposits, formulating tax and spending policies can be tricky
Being well endowed with resources may be beneficial for a developing country, but an abundance of resources can make it difficult for policymakers to design and implement spending and tax policies.

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Food Prices Impact

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By Samya Beidas–Strom

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Commodity Price Outlook & Risks

Futures markets show most commodity prices remaining flat or declining over the next 12 months, with the exception of gasoline, natural gas, and some food products. Oil prices are expected to decline due to an expected rise in non-OPEC supplies, and possible recovery from outages in OPEC nations. Copper and gold futures prices are flat but soybean and soybean meal prices are expected to fall on the prospect of a large South American crop in 2014.

  IMF Primary Commodity Prices

The Commodities Research Department provides information on primary commodity market developments. it's presented annually, quarterly, monthly, and weekly.


Archives: 'Shocked' countries remain at risk

Research on Food and Fuel Prices

The July 2008 study, focused on two priorities: getting inflation under control, and putting in place social safety net programs which target the poorest:


Conference on Understanding International Commodity Price Fluctuations