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Financing food : financialisation and financial actors in agriculture commodity markets


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Abstract: This briefing paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of the so-called ‘financialisation’ of agricultural commodity markets. The briefing first explains how financial agricultural commodity markets work, with a main focus on the derivatives market, and who are the main financial actors involved. The paper explains the increased role of financial speculators in the agricultural commodity markets and their impact. Since the nature of the debate about food price increases is often quite technical and intangible, this paper has avoided many technical terms and complexities. This SOMO briefing aims to allow more people than only insiders to contribute to the current discussions about reforms of the derivatives market in agricultural commodities, and their financial players.
Authors: Kerckhoffs, T. , Os, R. van , Vander Stichele, M.
Series Title: SOMO Paper
Category: Research
ISBN: 978-90-71284-55-7
Keywords: finance , food , agriculture , markets
Language: eng
Organization: SOMO - Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations
PAGE: 12
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: SOMO
Year: 2010
Right: © 2010 SOMO
Subject: Economic Development and Trade
Title: Financing food : financialisation and financial actors in agriculture commodity markets