Food Shortages Coming, Buy Commodities: Jim Rogers

Agricultural commodity prices are set to "go through the roof", says Jim Rogers, CEO of Rogers Holdings. He shares his outlook, with CNBC's Chloe Cho & Rebecca Meehan.

January 15, 2010
By Antonia Oprita

The financial crisis is likely to lead to food shortages in a few years because the agriculture sector is in dire need of funds, legendary investor Jim Rogers told CNBC Friday.

Buying distressed commodities is a better way to make money than investing in stocks, according to Rogers.

"The fundamentals (for agriculture) have gotten better," he said. "The inventories are now at the lowest they've been in decades, not in years."

"Sometimes in the next few years we're going to have very serious shortages of food everywhere in the world and prices are going to go through the roof."

Cotton and coffee are good buys because they are very distressed, while sugar, despite the fact that it has gone up a lot, is still down 70% from its all-time high, according to Rogers.

"I don't think that the problems of the world are behind us yet," he said.

Investors shouldn't bother with stocks because commodities are likely to win in both the optimistic and the pessimistic scenario, Rogers said.

Photo: Wheat Fields

If the economy rebounds, commodities prices will rise because of increased demand, while if the economy continues to be weak, central banks will keep printing money and commodities will be used as a hedge against inflation, he explained.

Rogers is holding on to oil and he is also holding on to gold, saying they are too expensive to buy but not worth selling.

"If you want to buy precious metals I'd rather buy silver and palladium, just because they're cheaper," he said.