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Derivatives (including commodity derivatives)

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Fast and furious? High-frequency trading and the right to food

As food systems become increasingly globalized, and commodity markets more complex, policymakers face the ever more difficult task of identifying and addressing multiple risks to food security. One risk that has largely escaped attention in global food policy discussions is the potential for high-frequency trading to exacerbate commodity market volatility, with corresponding negative impacts on … Continue reading »

USA: Groups call on financial regulation to enable companies’ respect for human rights

Civil society organizations called for human rights accountability of financial firms, investment agreements and corporate tax practices in the United States. A submission (hereinafter “the submission”) by RightingFinance, Friends of the Earth and Global Witness articulated such demands in the occasion of a consultation in preparation for the US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. The US … Continue reading »

Agricultural investment and human rights: Do the RAI Principles live up to the task?

On October 15, 2014, the Member States of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), hosted at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, approved the “Principles on Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.” (“RAI” or “RAI Principles”) In a recent assessment of the principles, the Transnational Institute (TNI) exposes some of the key … Continue reading »

RightingFinance makes proposals to prevent bank-driven food speculation

Recently, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) called for comments on a new rule to establish position limits on commodity derivatives contracts. Position limits are one of the strongest tools regulators can use to prevent price and supply manipulation by a few traders, and prevent price distortion that resulted in the excessive speculation by financial … Continue reading »

Food Commodities Speculation – Report by UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food produced a briefing note in September 2010 looking at the impact of speculation on the volatility of prices of basic food commodities and possible solutions. The backdrop for this briefing was the food price crisis of 2008. The briefing describes some of the most relevant impacts … Continue reading »

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