Wednesday, May 02, 2012


PUBLICATION: IFPRI 2011 Global Food Policy Report

IFPRI has released the first of a new series of annual reports. From the preface:

IFPRI’s 2011 Global Food Policy Report—the first in a new annual series—provides an in-depth, contextualized look at the past year’s major food policy developments and events. It both raises and answers these key questions: What happened in food policy in 2011 and why? What challenges and opportunities resulted? What could have been done differently? What should be done in the future?

In 2011, agriculture moved to the forefront of the international development agenda. In addition to producing adequate food, agriculture’s crucial role in improving nutrition and health, sustainably making use of land and other natural resources, and helping to address global threats like climate change has received long-overdue recognition. Investments in the sector are rising, and contributions are coming from industrialized countries as well as emerging and developing economies, the private sector, and philanthropic entities. In addition to higher investments, policymakers also scaled up collaboration across borders, in particular in their efforts to control food price volatility through the provision of better market information. This type of global policymaking must continue to take into account that legislation in one country (particularly trade and environmental policies regarding biofuels) can harm food security in others. International agenda-setting meetings, like the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, cannot neglect the concerns of the poor. As the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa starkly reminds us, however, research agendas and information-sharing are not enough to avert or solve a problem; preventive actions are also needed.

The report and related materials are available here.

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