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Apr 23, 2012

IFPRI Issues 2011 Global Food Policy Report

On 23 April 2012 the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released its 2011 Global Food Policy Report, which summarizes major food policy issues around the world.  This is a new annual publication targeted at documenting serious global food policy issues including food price volatility, extreme weather shocks, famine, unrest, and conflicts.

In 2011 some of the issues that arose include:
  • the emergence of new actors including the World Economic Forum partner companies and Group of 20 countries’ ministers of agriculture. "These new players offer financial support to food security efforts in developing countries and a wealth of knowledge and expertise in addressing the complexity of, and challenges facing, the global food system."
  • Financial commitments by African governments and increased support by donors and foundations
The report included the following recommendations:

  • "The G20 should do more to reduce competition between biofuel and food production and discourage trade restrictions that exacerbate price swings.
  • The international community should consolidate global and regional agricultural growth strategies and create or strengthen the institutions needed to make these strategies work.
  • Rio+20 conference participants should integrate economic, social, and environmental sustainability in their discussions and commit to concrete action on long-term development challenges, including poor nutrition, degraded soils, and scarce water.
  • A broad intersectoral coalition should work together to address nutrition, food, and health issues."

About Margaret

CEO and Curator (The Food Museum) | Managing Director and Chief Editor (GR2 Global LLC) | Educator (UCLA PhD) | Researching and writing on global food issues, nutrition and health, sustainability, history (preservation), conservation (natural resources), and design.
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